Autism, animal behavior author Temple Grandin to speak at S.C. Cattlemen’s meeting

CLEMSON — Temple Grandin, who is nationally known as an author and speaker on autism and animal behavior, will be featured at this year’s South Carolina Cattlemen’s Association meeting April 5 at Clemson University’s T. Ed Garrison Arena.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, nationally renowned author and speaker, is featured speaker at this year’s S.C. Cattlemen’s Association meeting, April 5.Image Credit: Rosalie Winard

Grandin, an animal science professor at Colorado State University, has autism. She uses experiences she has gained from this condition to help others. Her presentation, “The Importance of Accepting and Promoting All types of Thinking! Harnessing Neurodiversity,” begins at 1 p.m. and is free to the public.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Grandin join us for the Cattlemen’s Association meeting,” said Matthew Burns, Clemson Extension beef specialist and Livestock and Forage Program team leader. “She has a wealth of knowledge to share and everyone who attends her presentation should leave with a greater understanding of how to accept others who may think or do things differently.”

For more information about Grandin’s presentation, contact Burns at 864-656-1743 or burns5@clemson.edu. The T. Ed Garrison Arena is located at 1101 W. Queen St., Pendleton. Information about the Cattlemen’s Association Annual Conference is available at this link –  http://bit.ly/2018SCCattlemensConf.

Grandin did not talk until she was three and a half years old, according to her biography. She began speech therapy at an early age. When she was 5 years old, Grandin was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten. As a child, Grandin was considered weird and was teased and bullied in high school. The only place she had friends were activities where there was a shared interest such as horses, electronics or model rockets. Her science teacher encouraged her interest in science.

Along with being a professor, she also has a successful career as a consultant on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. Today, half of the cattle in the United States are handled in facilities she has designed.

In addition to her appearance at the Cattlemen’s Association Meeting, Grandin is scheduled to talk at 7 p.m., April 5, at Clemson University’s Hendrix Student Center. She also is scheduled to provide the keynote speech on April 6 in Clemson at the Judith E. Voekly Memorial Recreational Therapy Workshop. This workshop is sponsored by the Clemson Recreational Therapy Club and program with assistance from the S.C. Autism Society. The workshop will be held at Cross Point Clemson Church Campus at 1019 Tiger Blvd, Clemson. Information and registration for the workshop can be found at http://bit.ly/JEV_MemRecTherapyWrkshp. 

For more information, call or text Kirby Player at 864-650-0932 kplayer@clemson.edu.

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