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Anova presents “Autism in the Family” featuring Dr. Temple Grandin

Anova is presenting “Autism in the Family,” a new and exciting one-day conference featuring keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts located at 50 Mark West Springs Road in Santa Rosa, CA. We are excited to announce that due to high demand, we have moved the previously sold-out event to the Ruth Finley Person Theater, a larger auditorium at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to accommodate more attendees. 

This informative conference will be exploring "autism in the family" with an inspiring line-up of speakers crusading to make a positive difference for all individuals living with autism. Additional speakers include Temple Grandin’s mother Eustacia Cutler, Frank Campagna, Jill Escher, Feda Almaliti, and Regina Stoops. 

Discounted tickets for $48 with lunch and $40 without lunch are available now. Ticket prices will increase on February 12, 2017.

Tickets include: Conference, lunch option, exhibit hall, post-conference reception and book-signing from 4:00-5:00pm, silent auction, and an opportunity to submit a question to Dr. Temple Grandin and Eustacia Cutler.


Dr. Temple Grandin: Dr. Grandin is one of the greatest autism advocates of our time. Diagnosed with autism at age 3, she has become a world-renowned speaker, author, inventor, and trailblazer for autism awareness. She was the subject of the award-winning biographical film “Temple Grandin” and has dedicated her life to empower individuals with autism to reach their full potential, and strives to create a better world for both the autism community and the welfare of animals. Dr. Grandin was awarded her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989 and has been a professor at Colorado State for more than 20 years. She is also famous for using insights gained from her autism to revolutionize the livestock industry by designing an innovative livestock-handling system for over half of the facilities handling cattle in the U.S.

 Eustacia Cutler: Temple Grandin’s mother will be Skyping in from New York to speak after Temple’s keynote and join Temple and Anova’s Co-founder, Andrew Bailey, for an exciting Q&A session. Eustacia earned a B.A. from Harvard, performed and composed for NYC cabaret, and wrote school lessons for major TV networks.  Her research on autism created the text for two prize winning WGBH television documentaries, “The Disquieted” and “The Innocents.  Her book “A Thorn in my Pocket”, describes raising Temple in the “Leave-it-to-Beaver” world of the 50’s when children with autism were routinely diagnosed as infant schizophrenics and banished to institutions. Eustacia lectures nationally and internationally on autism and its relation to the rapidly emerging bio-neurological study of brain plasticity, the toll it takes on the family, and how current research into the neural nature of consciousness is pointing toward insightful possibilities of change.

Frank Campagna: Frank will be talking about "Things No One Ever Told Me After My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism."  He is a Sesame Street producer who collaborated on the Sesame Street Autism Outreach Initiative and shares his experience as a father of an autistic son in his popular blog, “Autism Daddy.”

 Jill Escher: Jill presentation “What Does the Future Hold for Autism Families?” will provide essential information for all families affected by autism.  Jill is the current president of Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, providing a network for families to connect. She is also a mother of two children with autism, an autism philanthropist, and founder of the Escher Fund for Autism.

 Feda Almaliti: Autism warrior mom and expert on CA autism health care laws. She fights every day to end autism insurance discrimination and marginalization. She is a mother of 3 sons, her youngest has autism and she is the Director of Outreach for the Autism Health Insurance Project.

Regina Stoops: As an Autism mom Regina, lives the life and knows how to have a sense a humor about the wonderful, stressful, crazy moments we experience as parents and caregivers. Regina’s comedic ramblings take a look at an ordinary life and redefine what it is to be normal.

Thank you to our Autism in the Family Diamond Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union and Bronze Sponsor: Vantreo Insurance.

Thank you to our Autism in the Family Exhibitors:  
Disability Services & Legal Center
Matrix Parent NetworkAnne K. Ross, author of "Beyond Rain Man", Alicia Coleman-Clark, author of "Ava Goes" book series, Children's Museum of Sonoma CountyGeek Club BooksBay Area Music TherapyRenaissance Healing and Learning CenterLattice Educational Services, See Beneath, Inc. , Paws as Loving Support (PAWS), Shire House, Inc., Child Parenting Institute, PDI Surgery Center, National Autism ResourcesUC Davis MIND Institute, and Equi-ED.

Autism in the Family Food and Beverage sponsors:  Molsberry Market's, Whole Foods Market, Jackson Family Wines, Thomas Coyne Winery, and Fogbelt Brewing Company.

Media Sponsor: Sound Ideas Advertising

Great Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities available! Contact Jackie Hadley at or 707-527-7032 ext 1010. 

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