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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Temple Grandin coming to K-State

Food For Thought is bringing Dr. Temple Grandin to Kansas State next month and I can hardly wait!!!

Temple will be speaking to a campus and community wide audience on November 9th at 7 PM in the Union. Everyone is welcome. This is an especially exciting time to be hosting Temple because an HBO movie on her life recently won 7 Emmy Awards.

Temple didn't talk until she was three and a half years old. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. Instead she developed her ability to think in pictures and see situations through the perspective of animals into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States. Her first book, “Emergence: Labeled Autistic” stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.

Temple speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling. At every Future Horizons conference on autism, the audience rates her presentation as 10+. Temple’s current bestselling book on autism is “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” In addition to publishing 7 books Dr. Grandin has authored more than 400 articles in scientific journals and livestock periodicals.




  1. Thrilled to see you bring Dr. Grandin to campus. Not so thrilled with your advertising. I would encourage you to use "Person First Language" which is supported by most individuals in the disability community. For instance, Dr. Grandin is not "an autistic". She is a person with autism. For more on person first language, see the excellent publication on this web site: entitled, "Guidelines for Reporting and Writing About People with Disabilities." I also hope OME is offering live captioning for people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. See section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as the ADA, for your legal responsibilities.

  2. Thank you for your comments. I was unaware of Person First Language and agree that it makes sense. The only instance I was able to find in our advertisements that used the word autistic as a noun was the press release, which has been updated with Person First Language:

    I'm also in contact with some people looking into whether live captioning will be provided.

    If you'd like to contact me personally you may do so at

  3. I've been in touch with the Kansas ADA Coordinator and assistance with effective communication will be provided on request.

  4. I tried to access the webstream last night and wasn't able to get connected. I wondered if an archive of the presentation or yesterday's forum is available anywhere for download?

  5. We will be posting it soon. Please stay tuned to the blog to find out more details as soon as IT gets that figured out for us. We had over 1000 people try to access it at once and it crashed the system. What a wonderful problem to have! We will have an archive available. Thanks for your interest.

  6. Could you post the URL to view the video on here?



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