|Bestselling author Temple Grandin.|
She’s been featured in The New York Times, People,and Forbes. She was listed in Time’s list of 100 most influential people in theworld under heroes. A movie based on her life earned 15 Emmy nominations.
Yet Temple Grandin is far from a billionaire. She’san expert on livestock and animal behavior, a bestselling author and aprofessor of animal science at Colorado State University.
Oh yes, and she was born with high-functioningautism.
Diagnosed at 3 years old, Grandin’s mother was toldthat she had brain damage and should be institutionalized. At a time whenlittle was known about autism, her mother scoffed at the suggestion, andinstead began a journey to ensure her daughter had the best opportunitiespossible. She was placed in a nursery school from the time she was a smallchild. Her mother hired a one-on-one speech therapist helping Grandin learn tocommunicate. She graduated from Hampshire Country School, a private schoolfocused on giving gifted children specialty education, in 1966.
|Grandin was listed in Time’s list of 100
most influential people in the world.
Sixty-one years later, Grandin, who didn’t utterher first word until 4 years old, holds three college degrees including a Ph.D.in Animal Science from the University of Illinois.
As ateenager, Grandin’s mother sent her West to her aunt’s ranch in Montana to“expose her to new things.” Grandin didn’t know it was a decision that wouldchange her life. On the ranch, Grandin began to realize animals and autisticpeople have similar traits such as taking visual cues and relaxing whenpressure is applied to their body. Using her knowledge and unique perspective,she began to be an advocate for humane beef and pork handling.
After serving as the livestock editor of theArizona Farmer Ranchman for 5 years, Grandin began to more fully understandthat animals put in an unfamiliar places or situations, tense up. This, she found, reduced glycogen levels inthe animals, producing lower quality meat.
Grandin was published in many scholarly journalsbefore fast food chains began to pay attention to her work in the 1990s. In theface of a large lawsuit on counts of animal cruelty, McDonald’s Corporation hiredGrandin to help improve conditions in their slaughterhouses. Seeing that cattlebecame frightened by the straight chute that led to their slaughter, Grandincreated a circular chute so that cattle couldn’t tell where they were going,thus lowering their stress levels. Since then, she has been a voice of changethat has represented fast food chains around the country.
Grandin has writtenmultiple books, including, “Emergence: Labeled Autistic” and “Thinking inPictures” and “Other Reports from My Life with Autism.”
Grandin will be visiting USU on Nov. 2 to discuss animalpsychology and autism. For more information on events contact Skyler Di Stefanoat 435-797-7406 or refer to the schedule below.
|7:00 PM||Movie Screening: “Temple Grandin”||TSC Auditorium|
“All Kinds of Minds Need to Work Together”
|5:00- 5:30 PM||Book Signing||USU Sunburst Lounge|
“Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach”