Suzanne and John Pratt Lecture

Suzanne and John Pratt lecture series

Temple Grandin

EVENT CANCELLED

It is with regret we must announce the cancellation of the Suzanne and John Pratt Lecture featuring Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
In light of the latest COVID-19 developments the Ivy Street School has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the Suzanne and John Pratt Lecture featuring Temple Grandin on Thursday March 19. We are confident that this is not only in the best interest of our attendees, but also for the health and safety of the community at large.
We also want to be sure to recognize that many of you have an invested interest in the event as members of the Whitehead Institute, Friends and Family of Suzanne and John Pratt, and members of the special education community. We thank you for your continued efforts and input. We are speaking with Temple Grandin and her representation and are discussing a mutually agreed upon date to reschedule.

 

Temple Grandin Ph.D. is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She has a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of six books, including national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures and Animals in Translation. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to document the insights she gained from her personal experience of autism. She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) and a BBC Special – “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”. HBO made an Emmy Award-winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

 

The Suzanne and John Pratt Lecture

Collage of an image of John Pratt and of his family

The Suzanne and John Pratt Lecture is dedicated to facilitating the impact of research on practices at the Ivy Street School in order to improve student outcomes.  John Pratt served as Associate Director of the Whitehead Institute for 25 years. He was also a member of the MAB Board of Directors and cared deeply about the work that MAB and Ivy Street School do to help young people with special needs develop the skills they need to transition into successful lives as adults. Suzanne Pratt is a  social worker, mother to 2, grandmother to 4, and loving wife to John until his death in 2012.  Since then Suzanne Pratt has played a significant role in launching and sustaining this lecture series. John would be delighted to have this lecture series as part of his legacy.

The Suzanne and John Pratt Lecture is dedicated to facilitating the impact of research on practices at the Ivy Street School in order to improve student outcomes.  John Pratt served as Associate Director of the Whitehead Institute for 25 years. He was also a member of the MAB Board of Directors and cared deeply about the work that MAB and Ivy Street School do to help young people with special needs develop the skills they need to transition into successful lives as adults.  John would be delighted to have this lecture series as part of his legacy.