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EXPERT ADVISORY: HBO film starring Clare Danes marks changing attitudes to autism
The heavily-promoted HBO film forthcoming Saturday night, February 6 at 8:00pm about Temple Grandin, played by Claire Danes, is possibly the biggest publicity splash yet for promoting understanding and appreciation of individuals with learning and behavior differences. Grandin, an international advocate for autism, has autism herself. Her life challenges and accomplishments create a powerful story of human spirit and shed light on the mystery of autism.
One of the nation’s most experienced pioneers in autism is Dianne Zager, PhD, a vibrant professor of education at Pace University in New York City. She is increasingly known for developing alternatives for older students with autism in regular, non- “special” college classes.
Zager is well-informed and articulate, and is available for independent pre and post screening comments on the film and the growing concern for providing needed services for people on the spectrum. Disclosure: Grandin wrote the introduction for Zager’s latest textbook. Pace has just chosen the bestselling book, “The Curious Case of the Dog in the Nighttime,” about a boy with autism, for its University-wide common reading this summer.