Proceeds from Temple Grandin’s appearance will benefit
Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs (TLCAD) to provide service
dogs to individuals on the autism spectrum in San Diego County.
Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. (TLCAD) of San Diego, will host internationally recognized autism activist and animal behavior expert Dr. Temple Grandin on Wednesday, April 27, at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.
VIP tickets are available at $150 per person and will include a reception with Temple Grandin from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM, refreshments and a signed copy of her book, The Autistic Brain. Regular tickets are available at $45 per person with military discounts available. The main event starts at 6:45 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at http://powaycenter.com/324/An-Evening-with-Temple-Grandin
Grandin’s life story was the subject of the 2010 award-winning HBO biopic “Temple Grandin.” Claire Danes won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for her portrayal of Grandin. At the age of two, Temple Grandin had no speech and all the signs of severe autism. Today, she is a professor at Colorado State University and is known for being a prominent proponent of the rights of autistic persons and of animal welfare.
With autism prevalence figures growing and now affecting 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys, Temple Grandin feels that the skills that people with autism bring to the table should be nurtured, for their benefit and for the benefit of our society. “I like the really logical way that I think. I’m totally logical. In fact, it kind of blows my mind how irrational human beings are,” said Temple Grandin, Ph.D. “If you totally got rid of autism, you’d have nobody to fix your computer in the future.”
The proceeds from this event will benefit TLCAD’s Leash-On-Life Scholarship Fund to provide service dogs to individuals on the autism spectrum in San Diego County, including military families. To learn about this program, please visit: http://www.tenderlovingcanines.org/programs/Autism-Service-Dogs.aspx.
About Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. (TLCAD)
Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc. (TLCAD) is an Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accredited nonprofit organization (founded in 1998) that places custom trained service dogs in San Diego County with Wounded Warriors (veterans or active duty services members with PTSD, TBI, and/or mobility limiting disabilities) through our At Ease program, as well as individuals with autism through our Leash-On-Life program. Our service dogs help to mitigate disabilities that these individuals experience by increasing their independence and quality of life.
TLCAD builds bridges to independence by transforming the lives of individuals with limited abilities, their families, their communities, the dogs at risk of euthanasia and the prison inmates who help train them. For more information about Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs and our programs for Wounded Warriors and individuals on the autism spectrum, please click here.
About Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, best-selling author, autism activist and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior. She has been featured on NPR, and she has a 2010 TED Lecture titled “The World Needs ALL Kinds of Minds.” She has also been featured on the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s “Primetime Live,” “The Today Show” and more. Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She also speaks on both autism and cattle handling. Grandin’s current bestselling book on autism is “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” She also authored “Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships”; “Animals Make Us Human”; “Animals in Translation”; “Thinking in Pictures”; and “Emergence: Labeled Autistic.” She was listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, in the “Heroes” category, in 2010. To learn more about Dr. Temple Grandin, please click here.