Autism activist and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin at CU March 7

Published: Feb. 28, 2013

Temple Grandin, bestselling author and professor at Colorado State University, will speak about her experience with autism and her activist work in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom on Thursday, March 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are free for students and community members.

Grandin has become a prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism because "I have read enough to know that there are still many parents, and yes, professionals too, who believe that 'once autistic, always autistic.' This dictum has meant sad and sorry lives for many children diagnosed, as I was in early life, as autistic. To these people, it is incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled. However, I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can"

Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift & Company and others.

 She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow", ABC's "Primetime Live," "The Today Show," "Larry King Live," "48 Hours" and "20/20," and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and The New York Times.

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