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Temple Grandin speaks at Pace University in Manhattan

04/17/2014 News Release Imgage

Temple Grandin speaks at Pace University in Manhattan

Photo: (left to right) - Stuart Flaum, Vice President of Strokes of Genius, Inc.; Dr. Rosa C. Martinez, President of Strokes of Genius, Inc.; Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University and autistic activist; Dr. Mary Riggs Cohen, Director of OASIS Program; and Stephen J. Friedman, President of Pace University.


Temple Grandin speaks at Pace University in Manhattan

Artwork by individuals with autism will be on display in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts Lobby at Pace through April 20

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, April 16, Pace University in lower Manhattan held an event, “Training the Talent of Artists with Autism,” with keynote speaker Temple Grandin, PhD, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.  More than 250 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the event.

Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. She is a best-selling author, an activist for issues relating to autism, a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and an engineer who was the subject of an award-winning biographical film starring Claire Danes.

The event was hosted by Pace’s Ongoing Academic and Social Instructional Support (OASIS) program in the School of Education which provides assistance to college students on the autistic spectrum, and Strokes of Genius, an organization that develops artistic talents through professional art studio experiences and workshops.

“When Strokes of Genius approached Pace’s OASIS program and asked us to co-sponsor this event, they picked a perfect partner,” said Pace President Stephen J. Friedman. “Dr. Mary Riggs Cohen and the OASIS staff empower our students and help them conquer both the academic and social challenges of college.”

OASIS has become a model of best practices for college support programs and was a template for programs recently established in California and Arkansas.

“Pace’s OASIS program is an example of inclusion at its best,” said Andrea Spencer, Dean of Pace’s School of Education. “The program is strengths-focused, appreciative and supportive of the richness of individual talents as our students experience college in their transition to promising futures.”

Artwork by individuals with autism will be on display in the Schimmel Theater Lobby at Pace through April 20.

About OASIS: The OASIS Program at Pace University’s School of Education serves students with autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning disabilities, nonverbal learning differences and related challenges. The program is grounded in research that recognizes that all-inclusive services are needed to prepare students for community integration, career development, employment and adult life. The program has been designed to support students, family and faculty. The OASIS team consists of academic coaches, a vocational coordinator, academic advisors, a counselor, campus life coordinator, social coaches as well as weekly meetings, trips and activities, academic supports in the form of tutoring and other classroom learning accommodations. Most of all, students learn among their peers in an academically rigorous setting. While accommodations in courses are provided, the work is not modified and remains at the college level.

About Pace University:  Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, N.Y., enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597,

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