October 5, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marion Institute Connector Series
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 3-5pm
World Renowned Autism Advocate, Dr. Temple Grandin, Visits the Southcoast to talk about Living with Autism
Where: First Unitarian Church, 71 S. 8th Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Description: Internationally renowned autism advocate, Dr. Temple Grandin, will be speaking in New Bedford, MA on October 22, and Westport, MA on October 23 as part of the Marion Institute’s Connector Series. Ms. Grandin will share a fresh perspective on autism, drawing from her personal experiences. She’ll argue that it is time to reframe the way we think about the disease, learning to value the unique perspective autism can bring to the world and its problems.
Temple Grandin is currently a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. She has published numerous books including New York Times Bestseller “Animals in Translation.” She has appeared on popular television shows and in major magazines, and she speaks internationally 3-5 times a year.
Dr. Grandin’s ground-breaking achievements in livestock handling and facility design can be attributed to her unique, visual way of processing information, one of the ‘symptoms’ of her autism. While autism is typically judged as a disability, by harnessing her unique strengths, Temple Grandin has pioneered new ways of understanding the animal world.
Dr. Grandin was the focus of the 2010 Emmy Award winning HBO biopic starring Claire Danes. Her TED Talk on how the world needs all kinds of minds has been viewed nearly four million times. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the U.S. on her experiences with autism. Articles and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, People, Time, National Public Radio, 20/20, The View, and the BBC. She was also honored in Time Magazines 2010 “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2012, Temple was inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
On Sunday, October 23 at 11:00 am, Dr. Grandin will be speaking about new approaches to animal welfare in industrial farming at Weatherlow Farms in Westport.