Anova Center for Education presents Autism in the Family

Saturday, February 25, 2017 10:00AM
East Auditorium

Anova Center for Education presents Autism in the Family


Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Temple Grandin

Anova is hosting an exciting one-day conference featuring keynote speaker Dr. Temple Grandin on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts East Auditorium. Don't miss this new and informative conference exploring "autism in the family" with an inspiring line-up of speakers crusading to make a positive difference for all individuals living with autism. We are honored to have Temple’s mother, Eustacia Cutler, 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. We are also pleased to add Regina Stoops, a popular Bay Area comedian and autism mom.

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. In 2010, she was named in Time’s 100 list of the most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category and was the subject of the award-winning biographical film “Temple Grandin.” She 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.

Frank Campagna: Frank is a Sesame Street producer, who collaborated on the Sesame Street Autism Outreach Initiative. He shares his experience as a father of an autistic son in his popular blog, “Autism Daddy.”

Jill Escher: Jill is the current president of Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, providing a network for autism 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.

Eustacia Cutler: Temple Grandin’s mother, earned a B.A. from Harvard, was a band singer at the Pierre Hotel, New York City, performed and composed for NYC cabaret, and wrote school lessons for major TV networks. Her research on autism created the text for two WGBH television documentaries, “The Disquieted” and “The Innocents,” a prize winning first. Her 2006 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.

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.

More speakers to be announced...

Tickets include: Conference, lunch, post-conference reception, exhibit hall, book-signing, art exhibit, silent auction, and an opportunity to submit a question to Dr. Temple Grandin.

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact for more information.

Anova is Northern California’s most trusted provider of education & therapy services to children with autism and learning differences. For more information, please go to:

A special thanks to our “Autism in the Family” Diamond Sponsor:

Thank you to our "Autism in the Family" Exhibitors: Lattice Educational Services , See Beneath, Inc. , Paws as Loving Support (PAWS) , Shire House, Inc. , Child Parent Institute , PDI Surgery Center , Disability Services & Legal Center, Matrix Parent Network, Anne K. Ross, author of "Beyond Rain Man", Alicia Coleman-Clark, author of "Ava Goes" book series, Children's Museum of Sonoma County, Geek Club Books, Bay Area Music Therapy, and Renaissance Healing and Learning Center.