Dr. Temple Grandin, an noted animal scientist and advocate for those with autism, will speak on Improving Animal Welfare at UW's Hogness Auditorium (A-420), Health Sciences Center, on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 4 p.m.
The even is free and open to the public with a booksigning to follow the talk.
From the Times:
Temple Grandin, who was diagnosed with autism as a child but went on to obtain a Ph.D. in animal science, is noted for her work exploring the similarities between autistic consciousness and the thought processes of animals — research that has led to improvements in livestock handling to reduce animal stress.
Grandin’s research on pictorial thinking shared by animals and autistics alike has resulted in more than 400 scientific and lay publications, 6 books, and numerous awards.
In 2010, TIME Magazine listed Grandin as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Her talk may not be a topic that interests you but if you want to see someone with autism who shows the brilliance that lies within many autistics, go hear her speak.
The absolutely wonderful film of her life, HBO's Temple Grandin, is a great film if you want to understand how the mind of one person with autism works. It is exceptionally well-made and acted.