Autism Advocate Temple Grandin to Speak at UNC April 22

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

The University of Northern Colorado will host a free public presentation by Internationally known autism and animal welfare advocate and activist Temple Grandin from 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 22, in the University Center ballrooms, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street.

Diagnosed with autism at age 2, Grandin will offer a personal perspective on autism, sensory issues and social issues along the autism spectrum.

Drawing from her soon-to-be-released book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, Grandin will talk about her own experience with autism and discuss neuroimaging advances and genetic research that link brain science to behavior.

Grandin advocates the benefits of treating autism symptom by symptom, and suggests that raising and educating children on the autism spectrum should focus on new ways to foster their unique contributions.

She's authored nine other books, including Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, which was the basis for the 2010 acclaimed biographical film Temple Grandin.

Also renowned for her insights into animal behavior and her innovations in livestock handling that have revolutionized food-animal welfare, Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.

Her appearance is part of "ED Talks," a series of lectures from leading teachers, authors and scholars in the education field, sponsored by UNC's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Free parking is available in lots adjacent to the University Center.

More information about Grandin is at http://templegrandin.com.