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US Autism & Asperger Association
October 23, 2011

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Theresa K. Wrangham, Conference Moderator and
"One-On-One" Interviewer
  Eustacia Cutler
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Temple Grandin

Parent to Parent: An Exclusive Interview with Eustacia Cutler, Mother of Temple Grandin

by Theresa K. Wrangham

Imagine interviewing a pioneer in David Frost style about her journey with her daughter, Temple Grandin. While I may have dated myself, it is exciting to think that during the USAAA 2011 World Conference and Expo in Seattle this week, I will be doing exactly that opposite Eustacia Cutler. This interview is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that Eustacia Cutler has granted to USAAA’s conference attendees.

As the mom of a young adult on the spectrum, I am eager to learn more about the woman behind Temple Grandin. What did she do to inspire her daughter to rise above the challenges of an autism diagnosis at time when real treatment resources didn’t exist? How did she face the stigma of an era that considered autism the result of poor mothering?

When I first heard Temple speak in the mid 1990’s, I knew that standing right behind her was an amazing and supportive mother. I wondered what kind of woman her mother was, and how she succeeded in laying the foundation for Temple to grow beyond the limited expectations that others had set for her. I was curious about what drove Eustacia, when others advised her to institutionalize her daughter.  

Eustacia and Temple have provided our family with inspiration. I owe part of my daughter Rachel’s success to Eustacia and Temple.  When I was in doubt about direction, I thought to myself, “What would Eustacia do?” Then I would remind myself that I had more resources at my disposal than Eustacia; and like Eustacia, I would set up the support and foundation for my daughter’s success. That foundation allowed Rachel to build on her strengths in her quest towards reaching her full potential.

My own experience with my daughter Rachel is a journey that is far from complete. But, what mother’s journey ever ends (as I am quite certain Eustacia will attest to during our “One-on-One” interview on Saturday afternoon, October 29 at the Holiday Inn Sea-Tac Airport Hotel)?  

Join me at USAAA’s World Conference and Expo October 27-30, 2011 and learn about a mother’s journey with her daughter. Eustacia paved the way for all of us. It is a rare opportunity to have this exclusive interview with Eustacia. Her story provides us with not only hope, but also perspective to draw upon in helping all individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

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About Theresa K. Wrangham

Theresa became a parent advocate as a result of her daughter Deanna’s life-threatening asthma, as well as her daughter Rachel’s diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. As a former AMTA massage therapist and Usui Reiki master, she views health holistically and brings an experienced parent's perspective on raising a healthy children affected by asthma and ASD to her advocacy work. She lives in Colorado with her husband of over 21 years, Scott.

In 2001 she co-founded the Autism Society of Boulder County (ASBC) in Colorado and served five terms as its president and, served on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Colorado. She is currently the Executive Director for NVIC. She serves on advisory boards for the US Autism & Asperger Association and the American Medical Autism Board and is a representative on the Boulder Valley School District Special Education Advisory Committee in Colorado.

Theresa has presented at USAAA World conferences. USAAA is very fortunate to have Theresa moderating the panel workshops at the USAAA 6th Annual World Autism & Asperger Conference in Seattle, Washington October 27-30. Theresa moderated the USAAA 2010 Annual World Autism & Asperger Conference last October in St. Louis.

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October 27-30: USAAA 2011 World Conference & Expo, Seattle, Washington

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Whether you've just received a diagnosis of autism or you've struggled for years to find answers, you know how difficult it can be to find hope. The vast amount of information, in cyberspace or print, from doctors to friends, on special diets to social skills, can overwhelm even the most dedicated parent. How can you sort through the junk mail and begin down the road to success?

"The primary function of the USAAA conference is where parents, caregivers, health care practitioners, individuals with autism, students, educators, therapists and anyone who wants to learn more about services and treatment for persons living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can learn about effective interventions – both medical and educational.

Introducing the US Autism & Asperger Association 2011 World Conference & Expo. The theme: "Autism Education and Treatment: A Road to Wellness." The goal: to demystify the confusion around autism and to arm you with tools of practical protocols and new resources. After four days, you will leave the conference with a considerable head start down the road to wellness.

With an unprecedented conference format and presentations from some of the most respected experts in the international autism community, the USAAA conference is a can't-miss opportunity. Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the conference highlights:

  • "Meet Temple Grandin's Mother - Coming to Terms with Expectations"
  • "The 7 Keys to Unlock Autism"
  • "The Doctors Who Treat Autism Spectrum Disorders"
  • Panel workshops on advocacy, adjunct therapies, biomedical interventions, nutrition, support services, and more

"Full 4-day packages start at just $95.

Full conference information.

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Online Registration Closes Tuesday, October 25 at 5:00 pm. On-site registration begins Thursday, October 27 at 4:30 pm.

Don't miss this extraordinary four day event in Seattle, WA October 27-30!

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