Amalia Starr and Dr. Diane Cullinane, local authors of books on Autism, will make a dual Author Night appearance in the Library Community Room on Thursday, May 21 at 7 p.m. The free, very practical program is presented by the City of South Pasadena, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, the Kiwanis Club of South Pasadena, and the Institute for the Redesign of Learning, popularly known in the community as the Almansor Center. Special thanks to the South Pasadena Police Department and the South Pasadena Public Library.
Amalia Starr, writer of the instructive and inspiring books “I Have Autism: What’ll I Do Without You, Mom” and “Raising Brandon: Parenting My Son to Live Successfully with Autism, Epilepsy, and Learning Disorders” made an impressive appearance at the South Pasadena Library more than 5 years ago. Many have requested a return engagement from Amalia, a motivational speaker and family consultant who conducts workshops and seminars around the country. Her primary focus is providing successful resolutions for parents with children who have limitations. She has devoted more than 40 years developing the skills that empowered her son to live successfully on his own, enjoying his independence for more than 15 years.
Dr. Diane Cullinane will be previewing her forthcoming book “Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and Special Needs: The Developmental Approach” Dr. Cullinane is a developmental pediatrician and co-founder and Executive Director of Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA). PCDA is a non-profit agency that provides a range of services to children, from birth to 21 years of age with autism and other developmental challenges. PCDA serves over 1,000 children each year. Dr. Cullinane received a doctorate in 1980, completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Kaiser, San Francisco, and was a fellow in child development at UCLA. Currently, as Executive Director of Professional Child Development Associates, Dr. Cullinane provides assessment and follow-up care for children with autism and other disabilities, and is involved with teaching, supervision, and program development.
The South Pasadena Public Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. No tickets or reservations are necessary. Refreshments will be provided and copies of books will be available for purchase.
The Autism Author Night is part of a project called Raising Abilities, a long-running partnership of the Library, the Friends, Kiwanis, and the Institute, a nonprofit organization. The Raising Abilities project has been steadily improving the Library’s collection of checkout books on autism and other developmental disabilities. The collection consists of a broad assortment of titles for parents, families, children, and professionals Each book is affixed with a special project bookplate and titles are listed in the descriptive Raising Abilities brochure..
The Kiwanis Club of South Pasadena meets on Wednesdays at noon in the Calvary Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall at 1050 Fremont Avenue. Their lunchtime meetings, open to the community, feature a guest speaker at 1:00 p.m.