March 1st, 2019 5:59 PM
The nonprofit PACTT (Parents Allied with Children and Teachers for Tomorrow) has announced that it will present its 2019 "Work of Heart" award to renowned author and speaker Temple Grandin for her advocacy on behalf people with autism. Ms. Grandin, who is also prominently known for her work as an animal behaviorist, will receive the award at PACTT's annual Work of Heart celebration to be held at the Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place. The program begins at 6:00 p.m.
PACTT is celebrating 25 years of care, providing educational, residential, and vocational programs that support children and adults with autism in becoming engaged members of their community.
PACTT opened in 1993 as a school in Rogers Park. The founders began with a small group of students and staff, and a big goal – to create an autism-specific educational program that would help each student realize his or her potential as a participating member of a family and a community. Today PACTT programs include school, transition and adult vocational services, as well as residential homes.
"Temple Grandin is a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior," said Terry Herbstritt, Director of Development at PACTT. "She was one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience. By doing so, Ms. Grandin has helped to tear down old ideas around the stigma and shame of autism caused by decades of misinformation and blame. Grandin's first book, Emergence, was groundbreaking in the way it provided a window into the autistic mind for millions of people hoping to connect to a loved one with autism. We are honored to be able to recognize her many contributions."
In addition to being a professor of animal science at Colorado State University for many years, Grandin also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. Today, half the cattle in the United States are more humanely handled in facilities she has designed.
In addition to Emergence, Ms. Grandin has written many other books including Thinking in Pictures, Calling all Minds and her most recent work, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum. Ms. Grandin has received numerous awards for her work, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the National Women's Hall of Fame