Kim Peek, a Salt Lake City native and the inspiration for the 1988 film "Rain Man" will be honored this Nov. 3, which Mayor Ralph Becker has dubbed "Kim Peek Day." While the film itself was nationally acclaimed and won four Oscars, Peek himself will get even more well-deserved recognition for his efforts to increase awareness of disability through the media and improve education for children with disabilities.
The announcement will be made at a celebration at the Rose Wagner Theatre ,138 West Broadway, on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., along with the presentation of the Peek Award for Disability in Media, an award that honors a subject, director or actor in a film that sheds new light on disabilities and heightens social awareness.
Temple Grandin, scientist, teacher, lecturer, and animal welfare activist, will be the first recipient of the Peek Award.
Dr. Grandin is the subject of the recent Emmy and Golden Globe-winning biopic, "Temple Grandin," thanks to her strong advocacy for people with autism and the work she has done to increase social understanding and acceptance of the disability. Since she was diagnosed with autism as a child, Grandin has had the ability to "think in pictures" and has enabled others to understand the importance of autistic members of society. Barry Morrow, the Oscar award-winning screenwriter of "Rain Man" will present Dr. Grandin with the Peek Award, and his Oscar statuette will be on permanent display here in Salt Lake City, in a case specially built by O.C. Tanner.
There will be a showing of the film "Temple Grandin" on Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Main Library, 410 S. 200 East. The screening is part of a three-day disability awareness event sponsored by the Utah Film Center, The Utah Autism Foundation, the Disability Law Center, and other community partners. Admission is free.
Grandin will also hold a book signing at Art Access, 230 S. 500 West on Nov. 3. For more information, call 801-328-0703.