Keynote: Dr. Temple Grandin

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple_Grandin_265Opening General Session

Wednesday, April 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the world’s most well-known adult with autism spectrum disorder. She didn’t talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming; when she was diagnosed with autism in 1950, her parents were told she should be institutionalized.

Even though she was considered different in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a master’s in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign in 1989. Dr. Grandin has had a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of the very few in the world. Half the cattle in the United States are handled in facilities she has designed, which are based on her desire that these processes be humane, and reduce livestock stress, panic, and injury.

Dr. Grandin has become a prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism because, she says she believes some people continue to find it “incomprehensible that the characteristics of autism can be modified and controlled,” adding, “I feel strongly that I am living proof that they can.”

Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been well documented.  She has been featured on 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, 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 New York Times.  Dr. Grandin’s life story was the subject of a 2010 HBO original movie, which won seven Emmys, including Best Made for TV Movie. In the 2010 Time 100 list of the one hundred most influential people in the world, she was named in the “Heroes” category.

Dr. Grandin currently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks throughout the world on both autism and cattle handling. Her bestselling books on autism include Thinking in Pictures: My Life With Autism, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make Us Human, and her most recent publication, The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed.

CEC is pleased to welcome Dr. Grandin as our Keynote Speaker for CEC 2016. Don’t miss her at the Opening General Session on Wednesday, April 13, 5:00-6:30 p.m!