By Valerie Benton
Dr. Temple Grandin, the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, will speak to a full house Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Albany Municipal Auditorium.
The free event is one of a series being sponsored by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital as part of the hospital’s Centennial Celebration. This will be her only appearance in Georgia this year.
Grandin, who will talk about her journey with autism, is a world famous animal scientist and autism self-advocate who was included in the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2010, HBO produced a full-length, Emmy award-winning film, “Temple Grandin.” Claire Daines won a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy for her lead role as Temple Grandin,.
Grandin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, is a professor at Colorado State University. She is also a professional designer of humane livestock facilities. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Franklin Pierce College, her master’s degree in Animal Science at Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Illinois in 1989.
Grandin has lectured about autism around the world and on many television programs. She is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Both movements commonly cite her work regarding animal welfare, neurology, and philosophy.
Grandin is also a designer of livestock handling facilities. In North America, almost half of the cattle are handled in a center track restrainer system that she designed for meat plants. She teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare.
This event, sponsored by Phoebe, is being hosted by Albany ARC and the Autism Society of America – Georgia Chapter. The event will be preceded and followed by Grandin signing books at the Carnegie Library, next to the Municipal Auditorium.