Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dr. Temple Grandin headlines autism awareness event in Cheyenne

Veterinarian and author Temple Grandin from Fort Collins will be the keynote speaker for the second annual Autism Awareness Evening beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at Barnes & Noble, 1851 Dell Range Blvd., Cheyenne. Grandin, who is autistic, is best known for bringing more humane practices to the slaughterhouse (if anyone has a better term for it, let me know). Her latest book is "Animals Make us Human," with Catherine Johnson.

Joining Dr. Grandin are local authors Heather Jensen ("Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism") and John Roedel ("Autism: Heartfelt Thoughts from Fathers"), who also is a member in good standing of the Ozymandian Theatre improv troupe in Cheyenne. Also speaking will be Helen Sumner, Autism Residential Habilitation Trainer.

This event is also a fund-raiser for the Stride Learning Center in Cheyenne.

FMI: 307-632-1164.

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