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Calling All Minds, An Evening with Temple Grandin


Temple GrandinThe Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library present Calling All Minds, An Evening with Temple Grandin at the Lensic Performing Arts Center on June 6, 2019.

As the number of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (“ASD”) continues to rise, this is an issue that affects more and more people—from parents and grandparents to school administrators, teachers and classmates. The official prevalence rate, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is that one person out of every 68 falls somewhere in the autistic disorder spectrum; a spectrum that ranges from Albert Einstein to those with no language and intellectual disability.

As one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience of autism, Temple Grandin presents encouraging and important messages about this disorder and “differently-labelled brains.” Most important is the notion that “rigid academic and social expectations could wind up stifling a mind that, while it might struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.” On her website, Grandin speculates, “What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing, and not getting anything done.”

Grandin encourages her audiences to build upon the strengths of different kinds of minds and to assist in the development of skill sets that lead to more fulfilling and productive lives. Based on personal experience, Grandin advocates early intervention to address autism and supportive teachers, who can direct fixations of the child with autism in fruitful directions.

In Grandin’s 1995 book, Thinking in Pictures, neurologist Oliver Sacks wrote in his foreword that this book provided “a bridge between our world and hers, and allows us to glimpse into a quite other sort of mind.”

As the Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2019, we hope you will join us at An Evening with Temple Grandin.

General admission tickets are $20.00 and Reserved Tickets, which include a cocktail reception with Temple Grandin prior to the lecture, are $75.00. Tickets are available at http://www.lensic.org.

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