Different Kinds of Minds Contribute to Society
Friday, April 14, 2017, 9:30 – 11 am, cost is $40.00
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling.
There is an afternoon session (1 – 2:30) for youth who raise livestock and their families or other adults who help them. This will also be at UT Tyler Herrington Patriot Center (gym), for no charge.
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About Dr. Grandin
Defying expectations that autism would prevent her from living a productive life, Dr. Grandin has gone on to a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, educator and author. Her amazing and inspiring story, which has been featured in major media stories and an HBO movie, has revolutionized perceptions of autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.
Grandin is an internationally known advocate for the autism community and one of the world’s leading experts on developing equipment for livestock facilities. She has written several books about living with autism, as well as the humane treatment of animals.
At two-years-old, Grandin was diagnosed with autism. At that time, in the early 1950s, autism was deemed a form of brain damage. With both parents and doctors unsure of exactly what caused and how to treat her condition, she received extensive speech therapy to develop communication skills. Grandin didn’t speak until the age of four. She is a strong proponent of early intervention among autistic children and the importance of training educators and parents on how to teach and raise an autistic child.
Despite the struggles she faced in school and social situations because of her delayed speech development, she earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College and a master’s degree in animal science from Arizona State University. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Currently, Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University where she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design. She continues to consult with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. Her designs are found in livestock facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.