The number of children and adults diagnosed with autism has skyrocketed over the past decade, with a recent CDC report estimating that one in every 88 American children are on the autism spectrum. Commonwealth Club presents noted activist and professor Temple Grandin at Oshman Family JCC. Grandin is known for her work as a consultant helping the livestock industry institute more humane practices, as well as her creation of the "hug box," a device to relieve stress in autistic children. At this event, Grandin will share her own experiences of life on the autism spectrum as well as how "neurotypicals," or those who aren't autistic, can better understand autism. She will also discuss recent advances in neuroimaging and cutting-edge genetic research that may soon lead to unique and revolutionary treatments.
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