Temple Grandin’s presentation Different Not Less/Different Kinds of Minds: the Autistic Brain, YouTube video of her Glenbard Parent Series presentation here.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D. is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Dr. Grandin is a speaker who inspires and motivates others through her story. She didn’t talk until she was three-and-a-half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She recounts “groping her way from the far side of darkness” in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book that stunned the world because until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life. Even though she was considered “weird” in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities.
Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald’s, Swift, and others. Dr. Temple Grandin currently works as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling.
Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR and major television programs, including 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, including Time (she was included in the magazine’s annual “2010 Time 100” List of the world’s most influential people), People, Forbes, US News and World Report, and The New York Times. Dr. Grandin’s current best-selling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships; Animals Make Us Human; Thinking in Pictures; and Emergence: Labeled Autistic.
This free event is open to the public and will be presented at 3:00pm and again at 7:00pm at Glenbard East High School 1014 S. Main St. in Lombard.
Different Not Less with Animal Scientist & Autism Self-Advocate Temple Grandin (information on Temple Grandin)
Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm.
Please arrive early for parking and seating. We are expecting a large turn-out for this event. Consider attending the 3:00 program if possible.
We have been given permission to park in the Enchanted Castle lot. Please park south of their main door.
Enchanted Castle, 1103 S. Main St. Lombard, IL, is located in the strip mall on the north-east corner of S. Main/Roosevelt Rds. and is approximately 1 block south of Glenbard East High School.