Sponsored by CSULB’s Office of Equity and Diversity, a presentation titled “Focus On Autism and Asperger's Syndrome” will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at The Pointe, located in The Walter Pyramid.
The event’s keynote speaker will be Temple Grandin, a noted expert and author on early intervention, educational strategies, visual thinking, social skills, medications and mentoring.
Perhaps one of the most noted high-functioning individuals with autism in the world, Grandin will offer a unique look at the autism continuum. Talking about her life from childhood to adulthood, her comments are vivid and candid and provide a personal look at autism.
Grandin presents around the world and is the author of several books including Emergence: Label Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, co-authored with Sean Barron. In addition to several DVDs, her recent release of Animals in Translation maintained a top 10 position on the New York Times best-seller list.
Based on statistics provided by the Autism Society of America, it is estimated that one in every 150 children born in the United States has autism and approximately 1 million in this country have this disorder, which does not include Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), Asperger's and other spectrum disorders. A new case of autism is diagnosed nearly every 20 minutes, meaning approximately 24,000 new cases diagnosed in the U.S. per year.