Opening: Michael McCreary – AspieComic Twenty year old Michael McCreary was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of five. In an act of self-preservation, combined with the desire for constant attention and the inability to stop talking, he began stand-up comedy. In the past 5 years he has performed over 150 shows and keynote addresses across the country appearing in universities, comedy clubs and theatres.

He has been featured on CBC’s The National and he has been interviewed by Shad on CBC Radio’s Q. He did his first TEDx Talk in May of 2016 to go along with appearances at conferences in Boston, Seattle and Chicago. He contributed a chapter to the recently published book “Autism: The Gift That Needs To Be Opened”. His submission appears alongside entries from Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Stephen Scherer and Senator Jim Munson, among others. He is continuing his “comedy education” studying at the Second City Training Centre in Toronto. For relaxation he plays alto sax in the Orangeville Jazz Society’s Little Big Band.

In the fall of 2014 he did a cross Canada tour hitting every province. He interviewed families and organizations looking for the positive ways people are dealing with life on the spectrum. He filmed it all, and his documentary is now in the editing stage. Michael McCreary gives you permission to laugh at the lighter side of Autism Spectrum Disorder with his act: “Does This Make My Asperger’s Look Big?” Check him out at: http://www.aspiecomic.com

Keynote: Dr. Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Dr. Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults on the autism spectrum in the world. Her fascinating life has been featured in the movie, “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes. Dr. Grandin has also been featured on many major television programs, such as the BBC special, “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” ABC’s “Primetime Live,” “The Today Show,” “Larry King Live,” “48 Hours,“ and “20/20.” Dr. Grandin currently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handing. Dr. Grandin’s current bestselling book on autism is The Way I see It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored Unwriten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make Us Human, Animals in Translation, Thinking In Pictures, and Emergence: Labeled Autistic. Autism Yukon is pleased to bring her to Whitehorse to inspire Yukoners.

This year, Dr. Grandin has been named to the National Women’s Hall of fame in the U.S., as a woman whose “achievements have changed the course of American history,” according to Betty M. Bayer, the Hall’s co-president and professor of women’s studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Tickets are $42.00 each.