Mon, 2013-03-11 17:30 - 19:00
Join us on March 11, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. in the Stubblefield Center for a book signing and discussion on autism and animal welfare.
In the 1950s, when Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, the condition was seen as a debilitating mental illness that essentially precluded any chance of living a happy or productive life. Grandin—who went on to earn a bachelor’s in psychology and then a master’s and a doctorate in animal science—has played a key role in discrediting that idea, learning instead to work with and even capitalize on the unusual way her mind works.
She says, for instance, that her autism gives her particular insight into livestock behavior, and she has used that insight to design more humane handling equipment—things like curved chutes that reduce cattle stress by taking into account their natural instinct to go back where they came from.
She has also become an internationally recognized autism expert and activist, speaking regularly on the disorder, leading large-scale conferences for families and educators, authoring several books, and serving as a role model and inspiration for others with the disorder.
She was the subject of a 2010 HBO biopic starring Claire Danes and, the same year, was named one of the year’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. Her newest book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, comes out at the end of April.
Grandin will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11, at the Stubblefield Center on the UAFS campus. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. Admission is free and open to the public, but tickets are required and have to be picked up at the UAFS Box Office (in the Campus Center, (749) 788-7300).