Texas Tech Hosts Author to Discuss “Growing up with Autism”

Burkhart Center bringing in autistic professor to share her life and victories.

If people with autism or parents of autistic children need proof that they or their children can excel in a field of study and lead ‘normal’ and productive lives, proof comes to the Texas Tech University campus Oct. 8.

The Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research in Texas Tech’s College of Education is hosting Temple Grandin, associate professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Grandin will tell her personal story of living with autism.

“We are excited to bring a nationally known authority on autism to Lubbock, especially since our lecture events will offer a variety of ways to interact with Temple Grandin,” said Kendra Burris, development officer for The Burkhart Center.

Author of “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s,” Grandin will appear at three unique events as part of the 2008 Burkhart Family Endowed Lecture Series.

An interactive lecture for students is from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Allen Theater in the Student Union Building at 15th Street and Akron Avenue. This is an opportunity for university students to hear and interact with Grandin, especially those students who plan to be teachers, psychologists, social workers, health care professionals, counselors, therapists and other related areas.

A leadership luncheon for the community is scheduled from 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion . Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased by Oct. 3. A lecture and discussion with Grandin, “Increasing Employment Opportunities

for Individuals with Autism,” is geared toward business leaders and community partners to help understand autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to assist in successful transition to employment.

Finally, A Conversation with Temple Grandin: “Growing Up with Autism” will be from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. in the City Bank Auditorium, with free parking available. This event is free and open to the public, and is an opportunity for interested parents, educators, caregivers and family members to hear and converse with Grandin. A limited amount of childcare (for children 12 and under) is available on campus during this event. For childcare details and reservations, call the Burkhart Center by Oct. 3 at (806) 742- 1998, ext. 458.

Grandin also is co-author of “Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships,” and author of “Animals in Translation,” “Emergence – Labeled Autistic,” and “Thinking in Pictures.”

Her visit to campus is made possible by grants from the CH Foundation and the Helen Jones Foundation.

CONTACT: Kendra Burris, development officer, Burkhart Center for Autism

Education & Research, (806) 742-1998, ext. 271.