OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Animal welfare and autism advocate Temple Grandin to speak at OSU

03/30/2010

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Temple Grandin, a pioneer in the field of animal welfare and the most recognized face of autism in the United States, will speak at Oregon State University on April 30. Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She will speak on “Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare,” in Milam Auditorium at 7 p.m., April 30. Her talk is free and open to the public.

Grandin was the focus of a biopic that recently aired on HBO. In the film, “Temple Grandin,” she is portrayed by Claire Danes. Grandin was born in 1947 with high-functioning autism, but at the time was considered brain damaged. Instead of institutionalizing her, her family explored ways to support and encourage her unique learning style and approach to life.

As a result, Grandin pursued a Ph. D in animal science, and has said that her unique style of visual thinking has helped her in her career, including being able to empathize with the thoughts and feelings of animals. As a designer of livestock handling facilities, she’s also able to use her visual thinking to predict problems with designs before they’ve been created, and also encourages humane use of facilities and designs that reduce stress on animals.

Grandin has written extensively about her experiences with autism and speaks around the world on that subject as well as on animal welfare, cattle handling and other animal science subjects.

For more information, see www.templegrandin.com

Grandin is speaking at OSU thanks to the Oregon Animal Health Foundation in association with the Oregon State University Pre-Vet Club, the Department of Animal Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine.