Inside the Spectrum with Temple Grandin

January 22, 2015

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The world needs all kinds of minds. That is Dr. Temple Grandin’s message to everyone. Grandin’s career as an advocate and researcher has allowed others to see inside the spectrum of autism. Known internationally for her work in autism awareness and animal science, Dr. Grandin will discuss the challenges and successes of her life with autism on Tuesday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Jackson Auditorium.

As one of the world’s leading advocates for the autistic community, Grandin’s memoir, “Thinking In Pictures,” shares the perspective of how autistic people navigate through the world. The transition of her life as an autistic child to an adult explores how her condition impacted both personal and professional relationships.

Based on her book, the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning HBO movie "Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes, depicts her life as a teenager and the early stages of her career.

Currently, Dr. Grandin is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University where she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design. She continues to consult with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling and animal welfare. Her designs are found in livestock facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

She has appeared on “20/20,” “48 Hours,” CNN, “Larry King Live,” NPR, “60 Minutes,” the “Today” show, and has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and Discover magazine. In 2010, she was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” Her books, “Animals in Translationand “Animals Make Us Human” were both New York Times best sellers.

Check out Dr. Grandin’s TED Talk “The World Needs All Kind of Minds”

For more information about Temple Grandin's lecture at TLU, visit

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