Temple Grandin Pioneering Animal Scientist and Autism Self-Advocate to Talk About Her Personal Journey with Autism

PALM SPRINGS — The Friends of the Palm Springs Library announced today that the first Palm Springs Speaks speaker for Season Five will feature an appearance by Animal Scientist and Autism Self-Advocate Temple Grandin.

Her talk will take place on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Cultural Center (Historic
Camelot Theatre) located at 2300 E. Baristo Road.

In Grandin’s talk, “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger’s,’” Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful dos and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and a great deal of research. Her talk is expected to run for an hour and will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Her books will be for sale at the event courtesy of Follet Books, and Grandin will sign copies following the talk.

“We are delighted to present such an important pioneer in both the animal welfare and autism advocacy to our roster of speakers,” Jeannie Kays, Director of Library Services, said in a statement. “This talk will be an opportunity for people to hear her speak about autism to help us all better understand those living life on the spectrum. Our presenting sponsor, The Friends of Palm Springs Public Library, enables us to bring a truly dynamic line up of thought-provoking speakers to the Coachella Valley. We thank our additional sponsors, The City of Palm Springs, LULU American Bistro, Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, and The Palm Springs Cultural Center for their ongoing support.”

A VIP cocktail reception catered by LULU California Bistro will begin at 6 p.m., for a limited number of attendees to have an exclusive photo opportunity with Grandin on the stage and receive a copy of her book “Visual Thinking.”

Tickets are $125 (VIP), $75 (premium reserved), $50 (general admission), and $35 (rear reserved). ADA spaces are available. To purchase tickets or for more information about the speaker series, visit palmspringsspeaks.org.

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  • Temple Grandin: O'Bayley Communications