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The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) Releases New Training Based on HBO Films’ Movie, “Temple Grandin”

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I received this press release in email and wanted to post it here for better exposure. This is an exciting prospect that training can be designed based on this movie. I hope you will contact Jesse Decker for more information and if you live in Springfield maybe you could attend.

April 23, 2010

Springfield, IL- The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) today announced the development of a new training curriculum, based on HBO Films’ recent movie release, “Temple Grandin”. The training is appropriate for use with caregivers, community members and professionals who interact with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs).

The training, entitled “Different…But Not Less”, was created to accompany the movie, and provides stop points for discussions about behavior exhibited by the movie’s main character, Temple Grandin, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism.

The training, created by Julie Alderman, M.A., from The Autism Program of Illinois and Camille Randall, PhD., from The Hope Institute for Children and Families, offers explanations for the character’s behavior, tools for working with individuals with ASDs, and additional resources.

“We’re very excited to provide this training tool to a wide range of audience members to help them understand why individuals with ASDs exhibit certain behaviors and experience certain thought processes,” said Georgia Winson, chief administrator of TAP. “We’re very grateful that HBO made this movie and that Temple Grandin allowed HBO to portray her experiences. It has provided a greater awareness and understanding of the autism community.”

The training will be available to the public in the near future. To request a copy, please contact TAP at (217) 585-8332.

As a part of Autism Awareness Month, TAP will host a free showing of the movie Monday, April 26th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the showing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Complementary refreshments will be provided. If you would like to attend, please R.S.V.P. to (217) 588-7661.

The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) is the nation’s largest statewide autism services and resource network. Administered by The Hope Institute for Children and Families, TAP has 12 regional centers across Illinois, and more than 30 partners, including universities and nonprofit organizations.

Contact: Jessie Decker

Phone: 217-588-7661

Cell: 217-816-2798

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