Temple Grandin Explains the Importance of Management

As a renowned animal care expert, Dr. Temple Grandin talks about the importance of employees and management to ensure quality animal handling.

Temple Grandin Brings Good Luck!

Temple Grandin isn’t Irish, but the famous Colorado State University professor will put on the green – and gold – to fill the role of grand marshal for the popular Lucky Joe's St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Fort Collins next month.

Grandin travels the world to discuss her pioneering work in farm-animal welfare and her experience overcoming personal struggles with autism. She is well-versed in public speaking, book-signing, media interviews, and accepting all manner of honors and accolades. She’s often stopped at airports and restaurants when recognized as the world’s most famous autistic person, and the subject of a highly acclaimed Hollywood movie.

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Great Temple Grandin Quotes

"I'm a visual thinker, really bad at algebra. There's others that are a pattern thinker. These are the music and math minds. They think in patterns instead of pictures. Then there's another type that's not a visual thinker at all, and they're the ones that memorize all of the sports statistics, all of the weather statistics."

"If I did not have my work, I would not have any life."

"If you have autism in the family history, you still vaccinate. Delay it a bit, space them out."

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Dr. Temple Grandin was featured on The Reconstructionists blog during the yearlong celebration of remarkable women who have changed how we see the world.

A doctor of animal science and expert on animal behavior, Temple Grandin (born January 29, 1947) has designed groundbreaking systems for humane livestock handling that have radically reduced the amount of pain, anxiety, and fear that cattle and pigs experience in the factory farming system. Autistic herself and one of the most vocal champions of classifying the autistic mind as “different, not less,” Grandin has created a therapeutic device known as a “hug machine,” designed for calming children on the autism spectrum through deep-pressure stimulation.

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Temple Grandin Packs The University of Redlands

The Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands didn't have an empty seat or parking space Tuesday night when Temple Grandin took the stage to discuss her life as a successful autistic.

In 2010 HBO made a movie about her that bears her name, starring Claire Danes, and Grandin was included in the TIME list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category.

She opened by explaining that autism is a broad spectrum. A person could be highly functional, like Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs, unable to dress himself or anywhere in between.

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Temple Grandin is a woman of her word!

When Temple Grandin gives her word, she keeps it. Even if it means missing the luncheon where she was to receive the Bonfils-Stanton Award for Science and Medicine.

Grandin has been a professor of animal science at CSU for the past 22 years and had to miss the Bonfils-Stanton festivities because she had promised to give a commencement speech at a school in Canada the same day.

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Q & A with Temple Grandin Sells out!

On June 21st 2012, Ambitious about Autism hosted the UK premiere of the HBO film Temple Grandin. Temple herself attended the screening and took part in a Q & A, chaired by John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons.

The screening, which took place at the May Fair Hotel in London, had sold out weeks in advance and Temple answered questions from the audience for over an hour before staying to sign books.

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Temple says "Cheeeese"

The American Cheese Society (ACS) is pleased to welcome Dr. Temple Grandin as the keynote speaker on Thursday, August 2, at its 29th Annual Conference, the “Cheese Rally in Raleigh,” held at the Raleigh Convention Center from Wednesday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 4.

The educational conference will end with the popular Festival of Cheese that features 1,700 American cheeses available to sample and purchase, open to the public on Saturday, August 4.

Named one of Time magazine’s "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2010, Grandin is a renowned professor, author, and consultant to the livestock industry. Her insights into animal behavior and innovations in livestock handling have revolutionized food-animal welfare.

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Achieve Degree and college students

It was a privilege to meet Dr. Temple Grandin recently. As I shared in my last post about our meeting, her advice on college and work for individuals with autism is incredibly helpful, not only for those on the spectrum but for anyone facing challenges in higher education or employment.

I was also really proud to realize that many of the elements of The Achieve Degree were consistent with her thoughts about how best to educate individuals with autism at the college level.

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