Writing & Research: Aaron M. Weis


In the last couple of years, we have observed a tremendous influx in the number of reported cases of ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder. So much so, that it has been comparatively been considered a type of epidemic amongst some communities, although I personally feel that this is not entirely true, no far from it. It has led many individuals to question as to whether or not it is the byproduct of various vaccinations, even though at this time, there is no scientific or empirical data to validate or substantiate such a claim. There are also those that argue that it is not necessarily that what we are seeing is necessarily an increase of the number of cases, but more than likely, just the consequence of a greater understanding or awareness of this specific neurological condition in question. In addition to this, recent leaders in the Psychological network have removed what was formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome to be included in the wide gamut of ASD.

For those familiar with this complex neurological disorder, whether or not they themselves are affected by it, or know someone that is, the name Temple Grandin is one that resonates a great sense of both hope and inspiration as one of the most monumental role models for people that find themselves somewhere along the spectrum.

Grandin is arguably one of the biggest advocates for ASD, as someone that not only has overcome the many trials, tribulations, and challenges associated with having any form of Autism. Not only has she been able to accomplish this incredible feat, but she has met great success along the way.

As a Sun Devil graduating from Arizona State University, Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, where her work as a designer of livestock handling facilities has in a way revolutionized the agricultural scene in her area. When she is not busy dealing with her more agrarian work, Grandin also serves as a motivational speaker on the topic of Autism, speaking on the issue at various Ted Talk events, and through other venues. Boldly claiming that her hyper-visual mind sees the world in pictures like Google Images. There was even a movie made based on her life, entitled Temple Grandin, that emphasized this very point.

Having published a great number of books such as The Story I Tell My Friends, Calling All Minds, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, and many others, part of Grandin’s motivational speaking includes what are known as the Temple Conferences as directly referenced on her website, templegrandin.com.

Her current tour includes such locations as Fayetteville, Az, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tx, Columbus, Oh, Kansas City, Ks, and so many others. As someone living in the California area with high functioning Asperger’s, I personally am looking forward to her event entitled, An Evening with Dr. Temple Grandin, which is to be held on August 22nd, 2019 in Byron, California.

The discussion in question will be located at Campos Family Vineyards, 3501 Byer Rd., Byron, Ca. 94514 from 4:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. With the occasion focusing on, ‘A Different Kind of Mind,” which speaks to her comment that being Autistic is, “different, not less,” tickets to the event range between 25 and 45 dollars.

This five-hour conference will be divided into three different segments; starting off with book purchases, signings, and photos with Grandin, which will be followed by her talk and which will finish with another period of book signings and photos. All throughout the event food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Grandin’s lecture in question will divulge into her own personal experiences in overcoming the challenges that she has faced living with ASD, after which she will share her valuable insights of the sort of do’s and don’t of living with Autism.

Speaking on this remarkable evening, the Temple Grandin Equine Center at Colorado State University issued a comment stating, “There are many conditions of mind and body that can be related by animal-human interaction. At Colorado State University, we aspire to create a new home for equine-assisted activities and therapies, a place where individuals with physical, emotional and developmental challenges can heal, where therapists can treat, where students can learn, and where scientists can research. The Temple Grandin Equine Center will celebrate and elevate the role of the horse in society through the physical and emotional benefits of serving those in need. THEC will integrate research and education in order to promote evidence-based practices of EAAT. TGEC will work for the betterment of horses and humans alike.”

It is worth mentioning that wine will also be available for purchase throughout the service and that a portion of those earning will go directly to the Temple Grandin Equine Center at Colorado State University. In addition to that, another portion of the profits will also go towards Temple Grandin-Eustacia Cutler Autism Fund.

If interested, make sure to get your tickets ahead of time as this is an event that is most likely to sell out in advance. Also, in attendance, make sure to wear blue in support of Autism awareness. See you there!