Leading autism advocate, TED Talks speaker and world-renowned book author Dr. Temple Grandin coming to Vancouver

TED Talks speaker and world-renowned book author Dr. Temple Grandin coming to PNE Agrodome August 17, 2018 to share her experience of living with autism

TED Talks speaker and world-renowned book author Dr. Temple Grandin coming to PNE Agrodome August 17, 2018 to share her experience of living with autism

Vancouver, BC: July 24, 2018 : AutismBC, in collaboration with its partners, is proud to host autism advocate, TED Talks speaker and best-selling author  Dr. Temple Grandin who will present her acclaimed talk: Developing Individuals who have Different Minds, August 17, 2018 at the PNE Agrodome.

Dr. Grandin, who holds a PhD in animal science and is a teaching professor with Colorado University, was one of the first people to publicly share her insights into autism from an insider’s perspective. She is a prominent author and speaker on autism who has published multiple books on the subject. Her well documented journey with autism will be explored in her talk which will address what inclusion and acceptance within communities looks like.

Dr. Grandin has been called insightful, down-to-earth and most certainly inspirational by many and among them is Richmond resident and mom Tila Pelletier who writes, “As the mother of an autistic girl, Dr. Grandin’s story has been an inspiration for me.  I hope my daughter will someday be able to share her gifts with the world, just as Dr. Grandin has done.  Early after diagnosis, Dr. Grandin’s writings and philosophies gave me a path forward in terms of therapies and interventions.  Her work allowed me to start to understand the ideas, emotions, challenges, and experiences of my non-speaking daughter.  She teaches us to aim higher and never underestimate our autistic children.  She is a strong advocate, a thoughtful leader, and a gift to everyone whose lives are touched by autism.”

Andrew Pinfold, Director of Operations at AutismBC, said the society recognized what a profound opportunity it was to bring in Dr. Grandin for a one-night only talk as the families they talk to cope with many struggles that require insightful answers.

“Individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their supporters face many challenges throughout their life and our goal is to be there to provide information, support and navigation services during these times. Part of our role in the community is also to highlight what individuals with autism have and continue to achieve, and promote inclusion and acceptance within society,” he says.

AutismBC would like to thank their sponsors: 4-H British Columbia, the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education and The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism, who made this evening with Dr. Grandin possible.

Dr. Temple Grandin presents: Developing Individuals Who Have Different Minds

WHEN: Friday August 17, 2018

WHERE: PNE Agrodome

TICKETS: For more information and to purchase tickets: https://www.pne.ca/event/temple-grandin-developing-individuals-who-have-different-minds/

We also have this one; https://ticketleader.ca/events/autismbc


AutismBC is British Columbia’s entry point and knowledge resource for all things autism.  We empower those on the spectrum and their advocates, with the information and pathways to education to help those affected achieve their fullest potential.  Our commitment starts with early diagnosis and intervention, and extends the entire lifespan of British Columbians on the autism spectrum.


  • Today, in British Columbia Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects one in every 52 families (may need to qualify this). Across Canada, the average is one in every 66 children.
  • As diagnosis rates continue to increase in children aged six to 17, AutismBC is also seeing an increase in the number of adults seeking information about adult diagnosis, and support in navigating the limited services available.
  • It is estimated that approx. 40,000 adults are living in British Columbia with autism and as a spectrum disorder, this can look differently in each individual.