Thursday, November 11, 2010

Grandin Offers Food for Thought

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Animal behaviorist and autism activist Temple Grandin ranged Tuesday into Flint Hills cattle country to delve into her personal experience with disability, academia and notoriety.
Grandin, who didn't speak until she was 3 1/2 years old and went on to become an animal science professor at Colorado State University, spoke to an overflow crowd at Kansas State University about her life with a developmental disability viewed as an achievement death sentence in the 1950s. Instead, she credits autism with propelling her into an academic career as a livestock-handling equipment designer featured in an award-winning HBO movie.
"Handling was something I could see I could fix," she said. "I feel very strongly you've got to give it a decent life."

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