Temple Grandin Movie to be Shown at Autism Meeting

December 30, 2015

The Temple Grandin movie will be shown at the Tuesday, January 19, 2016 TLC Autism Support Group. The meeting will be held at State Street United Methodist Church, 300 West Valley Drive in Bristol, Virginia from 10 am to 1 pm.

The award-winning HBO film, Temple Grandin is a biographical movie about Mary Temple Grandin who was diagnosed with autism at age four and labeled brain damaged. Through supportive mentors, Grandin overcame her disability and became an autism activist, inventing the “hug box,” a device to calm those on the autism spectrum.

The movie received Primetime Emmy Awards, Creative Arts Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award as well as a Peabody Award. Claire Danes portrays Temple Grandin which won her a second Golden Globe and the first of three Emmy Awards.

“This inspiring movie provides a unique insight into autism that provokes both tears and at times humor,” states Stephanie Poe, Executive Director for the Bristol Crisis Center. “We want to show this movie in an effort to continue to educate and help those who are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Mary Temple Grandin born in 1947 graduated from Hampshire Country School, a boarding school for gifted children in Rindge, New Hampshire, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a master’s degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975 and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989.

The TLC Support Group is free; however, RSVP is requested by calling 276-466-2218 as light snacks will be provided.

The Bristol Crisis Center is a non-profit agency which provides free and confidential services to Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Since its beginning in 1973, the Bristol Crisis Center has grown from a hotline for teens to an agency which provides a wide range of services including those dealing with issues of sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide prevention and training, outreach to the elderly and homebound, Mental Health First Aid training and Campus SaVE Act Training. Our 24-hour, seven days a week hotline number is (800) 273-8255.