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Scientist to speak at Rich Center anniversary event

YOUNGSTOWN — Temple Grandin, a world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist and inventor, is the featured speaker in a free virtual webinar noon Friday in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University.

Grandin has served as an inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and people with autism. In her presentation, Grandin will describe the challenges she has faced and offer glimpses into her own childhood, with ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet obstacles and improve the quality of their lives.

The presentation, which will include a question-and-answer session, is funded by the Friends of The Rich Center for Autism Board.

The webinar is titled “Educating All Kinds of Minds.” Registration information is available at the YSU News Center website.

The Rich Center for Autism was created the memory of Paula and Anthony Rich and their unborn child, who died in a plane crash outside of Pittsburgh on Sept. 8, 1994. The primary mission of the Center is to improve the lives of individuals with autism through innovative educational programs that allow them to reach their full potential and improve their quality of life. The Center serves as a conduit between the university, educators, health and human services professionals.

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