Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Professor of Animal Sciences, Colorado State University

Dr. Grandin is perhaps the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.  Dr. Grandin’s insights into animal behavior and her innovations in livestock handling have revolutionized food-animal welfare.  Dr. Grandin has also inspired people around the world as a champion for individuals with autism and their families.  Dr. Grandin is a best-selling author of numerous books on the subject of autism  In 2010 Dr. Grandin was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and her life story was the subject of an acclaimed 2010 HBO biopic.  A professor at Colorado State University for more than twenty years, Dr. Grandin is a celebrated speaker who lectures internationally on autism.


Helen Tager-Flusberg, Ph.D., , Professor of Anatomy, Neurobiology and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Autism Research Excellence, Boston University

In addition to her professorial appointments, Dr. Tager-Flusberg is Director and Principal Investigator at the Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE), which advances scientific knowledge regarding the language and social communication impairments in autism/ASD.  Her research explores the connections between brain structure and function and cognitive/behavioral impairments in people with autism language disorders. 


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