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Trinidad Autism Awareness
Trinidad Autism Awareness
Dr. Temple Grandin

      Trinidad Autism Awareness Chapter presents Dr. Temple Grandin as guest speaker at two events in May 2017. She will address guests on Saturday, May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Cattlemen’s Association Annual Presentation and Dinner at Brix Sports Bar, and on Sunday, May 7 at 1 p.m. at Donnelly Gymnasium at Trinidad High School.
      Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes.
      Dr. Grandin is a speaker who inspires and motivates others through her story. She didn’t talk until she was three-and-a-half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She recounts “groping her way from the far side of darkness” in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book that 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.
Dr. Temple Grandin
      Even though she was considered “weird” in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of the very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald’s, Swift and others.
      Dr. Temple Grandin currently works as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling.
      Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR and major television programs, including the BBC special The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20 and has been written about in many national publications, including Time (she was included in the magazine’s annual “2010 Time 100” list of the world’s most influential people), People, Forbes, US News and World Report and The New York Times. Among numerous other recognitions by the media, Bravo did a half-hour show on her life, and she was featured in the best-selling book Anthropologist from Mars.
      Dr. Grandin’s current best-selling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships; Animals Make Us Human; Animals in Translation; Thinking in Pictures; and Emergence: Labeled Autistic. She has also produced several DVDs.
      In February 2017, Dr. Temple Grandin was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame whose inductees include Amelia Earhart, Hillary Clinton, Emily Dickinson, Helen Keller and the like. When asked by The Denver Post what she hopes people take away from her inspiring life story, she replied, “When opportunity arises, you gotta go for it.”
      For tickets to one of these events, please visit www.trinidadautismawareness.com or call 719-680-2638. Tickets can also be purchased at State Farm Insurance, 535 E. Main Street in Trinidad, or at Mariposa Rehabilitation Center, 207 E. Main St. in Trinidad. All proceeds will be used to produce the event and provide resources and education for the ones in our communities who have been diagnosed with autism.