Dr. Barber-Carey Wins Temple Grandin Award

Posted on March 2nd, 2015 at 9:18 PM
Dr. Barber-Carey Wins Temple Grandin Award

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh was the setting for the presentation of the 2015 Temple Grandin Award to Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey, executive vice president of the Barber National Institute.

The award is presented annually by the Autism Connection of Pennsylvania to “the individual who has most clearly contributed to maximizing the potential and possibilities of children, adolescents and adults with autism.”

Dr. Barber-Carey was among 16 nominees for this year’s award.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Barber-Carey recalled a conversation that occurred more than 20 years ago when she told her aunt, Dr. Gertrude Barber, that the school was seeing a dramatic increase in the number of students with autism. The pair initiated plans to bring autism experts to Erie, and to send staff across the country for training. “Our goal was to ensure that our programs would reflect our earnest desire to offer the most current and best possible practices and methodologies for teaching children on the autism spectrum,” Barber-Carey told the crowd.

The award is presented during a gala held at the historic landmark that houses two floors of exotic plants and flowers and the replication of a tropical rain forest. Entertainment included live jazz by the Tania Grubbs Trio.

The award is named after the best selling author and famed animal researcher, Temple Grandin, who overcame many challenges associated with autism.


Watch Maureen's speech here.

Additional Photos

Dr. Barber-Carey with Luciana Randall, executive vice president of the Autism Connection of PA.
Kurt and Karlee Kowalewski  Meckey, Dr. Maureen Barber-Carey;  Deb and Thad Jackman; and Bridget and John Barber attended the event.  Thad is the director of the Barber Institute’s Adult services in Pittsburgh, while Karlee coordinates the Barber Institute’s behavioral health services for children in Allegheny County.
Congressman Michael Doyle, co-founder and co-chair of the Coalition on Autism Research and Education, and his wife, Susan, with Bridget and John Barber.