Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism when she was a child. She did not speak until she was three and a half years old. Fortunately, she was able to get speech therapy. She was able to attend normal kindergarten at the age of five. Now, at the age of seventy, she is one of the world’s most celebrated autism advocates.

Below is a famous speech Grandin gave at the Ted Talks conference. She talks about how her mind works. She shared her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart “geeky” kids.

The Kids & Dreams Foundation will bring Grandin in as a keynote speaker for the foundation’s fourth annual Kids & Dreams Autism Conference. The conference will take place on August 24th at the Younes Conference Center.

The Kids & Dreams Autism Conference is designed to introduce attendees to new information that will aid an individual with autism progress.

Registration for the conference can be completed online here. Attendance costs $50 for students, $75 for individuals, $125 per couple and $100 for a professional wishing to acquire a continuing education unit. Registration closes Aug. 14 or when the registration reaches 1,000 attendees.

The Kids & Dreams Foundation is also holding a raffle to provide attendees with a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Grandin. The winner and a guest will be able to have dinner with the world renowned autism spokesperson after the conference on August 23rd. Attendees can enter the raffle here.

Learn more about Dr. Grandin and upcoming appearances on her website: http://www.templegrandin.com/

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