Temple Grandin, left, and her mother
Eustacia Cutler.
PULLMAN, Wash. – Temple Grandin, who overcame the challenges of autism to become an expert in animal behavior, will speak at the “Family is Important” autism conference on Nov. 8.
Grandin’s mother, Eustacia Cutler, also will speak. Both are nationally known advocates for people with autism, a spectrum of behavioral problems ranging from mild to debilitating. Their story was told in the 2010 HBO feature film “Temple Grandin.”
The public conference will be 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the SEL Event Center, 1825 Schweitzer Dr. It is sponsored by the Pullman-based nonprofit Families Together in collaboration with the Washington State University College of Education and College of Veterinary Medicine.
The agenda and registration information are available at http://www.familiestogether.org.
The program also will feature Arlene Mantegna of Autism Families Together; Sally Burton-Hoyle, founder of sibling program Kidpower, and a father’s panel including Doug Pierce, Tom Weddle and invited guest actor Joe Mantegna.
Grandin is credited with revolutionizing practices for the humane handling of livestock on cattle ranches and in slaughterhouses. She is a professor at Colorado State University. Her visit to Pullman will include a public lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in WSU’s Compton Union Building ballroom.
For more information, contact Sherry Watson, sherry@familiestogether.org, 509-335-2321.
Sherry Watson, sherry@familiestogether.org, 509-335-2321
Media contact:
Julie Titone, jtitone@wsu.edu, 509-335-6850