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National Autism Awareness Month: An opportunity to see, hear CSU's famed professor

March, 21, 2011
by Coleman Cornelius

Temple Grandin's remarkable influence in autism advocacy and farm-animal welfare continues to grow, and the world-renowned animal scientist will be featured at several Colorado State University events before and during National Autism Awareness Month in April.

Temple Grandin, at left, is one of the country's best known champions for people with autismGrandin – a College of Agricultural Sciences professor, autistic woman and global force for livestock welfare – is in top demand as an international speaker. After all, she was honored a year ago as one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Temple Grandin events

The following events, which will present Grandin’s insights and innovations on her home campus, are well timed given her status as the country’s best-known champion for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families. 

  • 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, Lory Student Center  – Grandin will deliver the keynote address, “Autism and My Sensory-Based World,” during the first CSU Autism Spectrum Disorders Symposium.  The symposium focuses on meeting the unique needs of students with autism spectrum disorders on college and university campuses, a growing issue nationwide. People who can’t make the talk may view live streaming on CSU’s website and also may access the talk after the event. To register for the symposium – and to watch Grandin’s talk – visit
  •  4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, Plant Sciences Building Auditorium– Grandin will offer an installment in the “My Favorite Lecture” series. The lecture is meant specifically for a campus audience of CSU students, faculty and staff. Her talk, “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds,” reflects Grandin’s experience: Autism allows her to think in pictures. The ability has made her visionary. Grandin’s insights into animal behavior inspire her humane livestock-handling technologies. Her designs have been adopted by some of the world’s largest food producers, processors and retailers. The talk is sponsored by The Institute for Teaching and Learning; for information, visit
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, Behavioral Sciences Building Auditorium– “Temple Grandin,” the acclaimed HBO biographical feature film, wasn’t in theaters. But now a free screening of the biopic will show on the campus where Grandin works and teaches. The movie, released in 2010, depicts Grandin’s early life and career as she struggled to cope with autism and ultimately found comfort and success in her connection to animals. Last August, the movie won an impressive seven Emmy Awards, sweeping all the major categories; actress Claire Danes also won a Golden Globe for her work in the title role. Event organizers plan additional programming along with the screening. Watch www.colostate.edufor details.
  • 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, Fort Morgan, Colo. – CSU alumni and university friends are invited to the Morgan County CSU Alumni Annual Dinner, with Grandin as featured speaker. Event proceeds benefit the Morgan County CSU Alumni Scholarship Fund. The dinner will be at Country Steak Out Restaurant and Lounge; cost is $25 per person. The evening event is part of the Colorado State Community Tour. For information and to register, visit
  • Grandin also was recently featured as the subject of an “Ingenious Minds” episode on the Discovery Science Channel. The series highlights people with extraordinary abilities in art, music and mathematics who also suffer from intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Grandin episode follows the CSU phenom through a day in Fort Collins as she teaches a livestock-handling class, visits a CSU research facility and interacts with horses at her ranch near town. The show has a neurological focus, with expert analysis of Grandin’s brain scans. To view the episode online, visit       

Time Magazine ads

Also during National Autism Awareness Month in April, watch for an advertisement in Time celebrating Grandin’s research and teaching in the CSU College of Agricultural Sciences. As Grandin says, “The world needs all kinds of minds.”

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