Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tickets are now available to the general public for Erie lectures by Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Stephen Shore, two of the nation’s most renowned experts on the subject of autism.
The Autism Initiative at Mercyhurst (AIM) Lecture Series will present both speakers in conjunction with Mercyhurst’s inaugural Conference on Autism in Higher Education, scheduled for Nov. 1 and 2 at the Bayfront Convention Center. The evening talks will cap two full days of lectures and workshops on ways to enhance the quality of services and resources for adults on the autism spectrum, especially with regard to higher education and vocational readiness.
A single $20 ticket will admit the general public to hear both evening keynote speakers. Shore will speak Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Grandin Wednesday, Nov. 2, both at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the two lectures is also included with full conference registrations. Visit mercyhurst.edu/autism-conference to purchase tickets to hear Grandin and Shore, or to find more information about the conference program.
Temple Grandin is an internationally celebrated author, activist and spokesperson on autism as well as a professor of animal science. She has written more than a dozen books and articles on autism, including The Way I See It and The Autistic Brain, and has delivered countless presentations, including a 2010 TED Talk, about her experiences and perspectives as a woman with autism. The same year, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, listing her in the “Heroes” category, and actress Claire Danes portrayed her in the acclaimed TV biopic “Temple Grandin.”
Though he was nonverbal until age 4 and recommended for institutionalization, Shore is now a professor at Adelphi University, where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy and disclosure. His most recent book, College for Students with Disabilities, combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.
The conference is an outgrowth of Mercyhurst University’s pioneering initiative in meeting the unique needs of college-age students on the autism spectrum, which began in 2008 and has become a model program in higher education. Visit Mercyhurst.edu/aim to learn more.