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Founder R. Wayne Gilpin

Wayne Gilpin

R. Wayne Gilpin

1938 - 2016

 

Wayne R. Gilpin and Dr. Temple Grandin, August 2013R. Wayne Gilpin, the publisher of Future Horizons -- the first publishing house focused solely on autism -- died  April 17, 2016 after a two-and-a-half-year fight with bone cancer.

His death occurred in the 20th anniversary year of Future Horizons, which Wayne founded after he had spent years trying to learn why his son Alex was “different.” Alex had been erroneously diagnosed with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and retardation by three doctors before Wayne read a magazine article that made him realize Alex had autism.  

Read more here in our press release.

Future Horizons was founded in 1996 in the belief that dissemination of information about autism and Asperger’s syndrome through books, conferences, and other media would beneficially impact those who live and work with the condition, personally and professionally. Devoted entirely to supporting and fostering such works and programs, Future Horizons has grown to be a world leader in publications and conferences on autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

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Wayne was more than a publisher to me. Through his energetic and dedicated example, he was a mentor, inspiration and impetus for me to share my passion for helping children with ASD, their families, and educators through his Future Horizons platform. I will miss him dearly but am so grateful to have known and loved him. May his family find solace in faith and happy memories.

Lovingly,

Beth Aune
Wayne's life-work and vision was to empower the communities impacted by autism, by providing a sort of "open source" culture that independently published real-world knowledge and best practices for parents, siblings, relatives, friends, teachers, practitioners and individuals diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The world has lost a visionary and the best tribute to his life's work, is to continue his vision... The pursuit of truth and knowledge, to benefit each and everyone of us. To publish that knowledge and provide clarity amidst the noise for all topics in the context of autism.

Thank you Wayne. I will never be the same, and will dearly miss you.

My prayers and thoughts go out to his family, Temple Grandin, his devoted staff at Future Horizons and Copper, his beautiful dog.

With love,

Dawn Grosvenor
Athens, TX USA