Autism summit comes to Greenville Thursday and Friday
Internationally acclaimed autism expert and best-selling author Temple Grandin, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at this weekend's Converge Autism Summit in Greenville.
The Converge Autism Summit, hosted by Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health residential behavioral health center for youth, brings together world-renowned experts to speak on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder. The 2019 event will be held March 7 and 8 at the Greenville Convention Center.
In a press release, Grandin says she will discuss how parents can harness what she dubs the “autism advantage” to prepare children with autism for employment. Her keynote address, entitled “Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society: Discovery Across the Autism Spectrum,” will explore how exposing children with autism to various activities to discover their unique abilities, interests and talents will better prepare them for success as adults.
Parents interested in attending the summit can apply for scholarships through the Autism Family Education Fund, an Upstate non-profit organization focused on providing education opportunities for families with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities.
Diagnosed with autism at 2, Grandin had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Through intensive speech therapy and with mentoring by her high school science teacher and her aunt, Grandin persevered and was motivated to study and pursue a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. She now holds a PhD in Animal Science and is currently a Professor at Colorado State University. Grandin is a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior.In 2010, actress Claire Danes portrayed Grandin in the award-winning movie "Temple Grandin."
Grandin will also give two talks to Clemson audiences Thursday. A morning talk for faculty and students will focus on animal science research. An evening talk on living with autism is open to the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the campus of Southern Wesleyan University, 737 Wesleyan Drive, Central. Tickets are required for this event; they are $5 for students and $15 for adults, and can be purchased at swu.edu/boxoffice. At 6:15 p.m., Grandin will begin signing books, which will be available for purchase at this event.
Also speaking at the 2019 Converge Autism Summit are professionals in the fields of Youth Psychiatry, Occupational Therapy, Behavioral Analysis, Special Education, Advocacy, and Family Therapy.
The Converge Autism Summit provides resources and assistance to providers, caregivers, teachers and parents of children, teens and adults with autism. The summit is designed to give attendees the opportunity to meet and discuss educational, psychological, social and therapeutic topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorder.
You can go
Registration for the summit is still open. For more information on the conference, including the full schedule of speakers, topics, tickets, sponsorship opportunities and more, please visit the event website at convergeautism.com. To apply for a sponsored scholarship through The Autism Family Education Fund, visit https://autismfef.org.
Tickets are required for Temple Grandin's appearance 7 p.m. Thursday at SWU; they are $5 for students and $15 for adults, and can be purchased at swu.edu/boxoffice.