- 5:00pm-6:00pm – Registration
- 6:00pm-8:00pm – Event
As Executive Director of Durand, Inc. where “Individuals with special needs learn and grow,” I am pleased to announce the upcoming special event, “An Evening with Temple Grandin and Eustacia Cutler.” This speaking engagement will take place at the Enterprise Center at BCC in Mt. Laurel, NJ, on April 22, 2015.
As you may know, Dr. Grandin is an internationally acclaimed activist in the fields of autism and animal behavior. Her work is unique because of her dynamic story.
Dr. Grandin was diagnosed as severely autistic in the 1950s and was non-verbal until the age of four. Through intensive therapy and the tremendous help of her mother Eustacia Cutler, at a time when autistic children were routinely banished to institutions, Temple Grandin advanced and excelled. In her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Dr. Grandin refers to her early childhood experience as “groping her way from the far side of darkness.”
In addition to being an advocate in the field of autism education and author of many bestselling books about autism; Dr. Grandin is a Professor in the Animal Science department at Colorado State University, best-selling author of several books about animal behavior, an international consultant to the livestock industry, and an inventor. Her life story was portrayed by actress Claire Danes in the Emmy-winning 2010 HBO film based on her life, Temple Grandin.
Ms. Cutler, who was a woman ahead of her time advocating for an autistic child in the fifties, and raising such a successful daughter, is accomplished in her own right. She is a Harvard graduate and author of A Thorn In My Pocket, her book about raising Temple Grandin, A former writer of school lessons for major TV networks, today, Cutler lectures nationally and internationally on autism and its relation to the rapidly emerging bio-neurological study of brain plasticity. She discusses what causes rigid behavior in autism, the toll it takes on the family and how current research into the neural nature of consciousness is pointing toward insightful possibilities of change.
It is truly an honor to have Dr. Grandin and Eustacia Cutler join us to share their story, and offer advice to individuals and families during Autism Awareness Month. On the evening of April 22, Dr. Grandin will also be introducing and signing the latest edition of her book, The Way I See It, A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s, with 12 additional articles and revisions based on the most current research on the autistic brain and therapies.
We extend our sincerest appreciation to Jim Ball, Ed.D., BCBA-D, a longtime consultant to Durand, who enabled our agency to be the first to bring Dr. Grandin and Ms. Cutler to Southern New Jersey. Dr. Ball, who speaks with Dr. Grandin and Ms. Cutler across the country, is Executive Chair of the National Board of the Autism Society.