Leading autism expert Dr. Temple Grandin, autistic herself, keynote speaker for MacDonald Training Center fundraiser

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“A trailblazer for people with autism, Dr. Grandin’s life’s work has been to understand her own autistic mind and share that knowledge to help others better support their autistic loved ones,” said Karenne Levy, President and CEO of MacDonald Training Center.

Dr. Temple Grandin

The latest estimate of autism prevalence — 1 in 54 — is up 10 percent from the 1 in 59 estimate, based on data collected in 2014, and is more than double the 1 in 150 figure reported in 2000.

Dr. Temple Grandin, a leading authority on autism, who is autistic herself, is the keynote speaker on this compelling and challenging subject during an interactive, online fundraiser to benefit MacDonald Training Center Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.

“A trailblazer for people with autism, Dr. Grandin’s life’s work has been to understand her own autistic mind and share that knowledge to help others better support their autistic loved ones,” said Karenne Levy, President and CEO of MacDonald Training Center.

Dr. Grandin is a sought-after public speaker, and frequent presenter on TED Talks, where her most recent topic was “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds.”

In 2020, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to 2016 data. Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.

The latest estimate of autism prevalence — 1 in 54 — is up 10 percent from the 1 in 59 estimate, based on data collected in 2014, and is more than double the 1 in 150 figure reported in 2000. In fact, the trend has been steeply upward since the early 1990s, not only in the U.S. but globally.

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At the heart of Dr. Grandin’s message is this provocative declaration: “Rigid academic and social expectations could wind up stifling a mind that, while it might struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.”

Moderated by Phyllis Guthman, Publisher of Bright Feats Magazine, the suggested donation at registration is $25. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. A personal link to the online Zoom meeting will be sent to the e-mail address provided at registration.

Participants will have the opportunity to submit a question to Dr. Grandin in the comments section of the registration form. Please include your question in the comments section below.

This powerful and needed conversation with a trailblazer and fearless advocate is brought to the Tampa Bay community during this challenging time,
by the generosity and kind support of:

  •     CARD
  •     CBIZ
  •     Clearview Communications +PR
  •     Disability Resource Hub
  •     Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law
  •     ME Wilson Company
  •     Publix Super Markets
  •     Richard Diaz and Cheryl Worsham
  •     The Bank of Tampa
  •     The Learning Academy at USF
  •     The LV Thompson Family Foundation, Presenting Sponsor
  •     Thomas and Donna Wood
  •     Wealth Advisors of Tampa Bay

ABOUT MACDONALD TRAINING CENTER

For 67 years, MacDonald training center has been dedicated to continuously improving the vocational, employment and residential services it has been providing to people with varying abilities in the Tampa Bay area.

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