Burkhart Center Welcomes Temple Grandin

Lecture series hosts her and her mother to discuss raising children with autism.

Temple Grandlin, left, and her mother Eustaia Cutler.

Texas Tech University’s Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research hosts the 2012 Burkhart Family Endowed Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Allen Theatre in the Student Union Building. Temple Grandin, an accomplished and well-known individual with autism, and her mother Eustacia Cutler, are the featured speakers.

A doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. She also is an author and industrial designer whose own autism inspired her work of alleviating human and animal stress.

“Temple Grandin’s upcoming visit to Lubbock presents a wonderful opportunity for people in this area to learn and understand about autism from a person on the autism spectrum,” said Janice Magness, director of the Burkhart Transition Academy. “Dr. Grandin has been very instrumental in helping to educate society about the challenges and opportunities presented by people with autism spectrum disorder.”

Grandin will talk about the obstacles she has faced and offer ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these challenges and improve the quality of their lives. She also will discuss her experiences with early intervention, sensory problems and different thinking styles in autism, and learning work and social skills.

Eustacia Cutler, Grandin’s mother, is a bestselling author and lecturer in the field of autism.  She will share her experiences of raising a child with autism.

“Temple is an example of how many folks with autism spectrum disorder can make huge contributions to society if we can harness their interests and talents,” said Dave Richman, director of the Burkhart Center.

The subject of an award-winning biographical film “Temple Grandin” in 2010, she was listed in the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world in the ‘Heroes” category.

Prior to the evening event, Grandin will present a lecture to Texas Tech students in the morning, and both Grandin and Cutler will speak to educators from area school districts in the afternoon at the Region 17 Education Service Center.

The lecture series brings distinguished lecturers in the field of autism education to Texas Tech University and the Lubbock community. The Burkhart Center is housed in the university’s College of Education.

Free parking for the evening lecture will be available in lot R11 located south of the Student Union at 18th Street & Boston Avenue.

The Burkhart Center

The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research

The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research is part of the College of Education and is the premier center in Lubbock for research, education and assistance for families affected by autism.

Research at the center covers three major aspects: developing strategies for the preparation of teachers to meet the needs of students, examining ways to develop parent support networks and preparing individuals with autism as they transition from school to adult services.

The Transition Academy, the center’s flagship program, is home to about 15 teenagers and young adults who have an autism spectrum disorder. They come to campus Monday through Friday to learn job and life skills, including how to live independently, and many have jobs through partnerships with campus and community organization.

The Burkhart Center is named for Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart in honor of their grandson Collin.

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