Speaking Of Animals And Autism


World-renowned activist

Temple Grandin, Ph.D. to speak at Adelphi

As part of the Joseph Napolitano Memorial Lecture series, Temple Grandin, doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, will deliver the talk “The World Needs all Kinds of Minds” at Adelphi University on Wednesday, Sept. 25. This is her third lecture at the university. Dr. Grandin is a best-selling author and activist on the topics of autism and animal welfare. She is also a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior and humane slaughter. The event, which is being co-sponsored with the Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, will take place at 8 p.m. in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Thomas Dixon Lovely Ballroom, 1 South Ave. in Garden City. Additionally, the lecture will be simulcast in the Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

At Adelphi, autism awareness and education is incorporated into campus initiatives and curriculum. In 2006, Adelphi established an Autism Task Force, made up of Adelphi faculty who are experts in the field of autism, with the purpose of discussing and promoting autism-related activities on campus. The Ruth S. Ammon School of Education includes courses on autism as part of its degree programs in special education and offers a graduate certificate program in Autism or Severe or Multiple Disabilities. For Adelphi students with autism spectrum disorders, the Bridges to Adelphi is a multifaceted intervention program that includes coaching, learning strategies, behavioral modeling, and peer mentoring which addresses social, academic and vocational areas. Since its launch, the program continues to grow, with a current total of 75 students enrolled.

Tickets are free for both Adelphi students and for the general public. Reservations are required and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Ticket sales began on Aug. 29 for Adelphi students. There is a limit of two tickets per student with ID during this pre-sale. Ticket sales for the general public began on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Tickets will be available by telephone, or in person at the Lucia and Steven N. Fischer Box Office (located in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center and by phone at 516-877-4000). Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 1 – 6 p.m.

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