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Bestselling author Temple Grandin sees the world differently. She has used her autism to bring enormous change in how livestock are handled. She’s also used it as a beacon for individuals, their families and agencies worldwide who are confronting and embracing autism.
That’s innovation, says Professor Jim Falkiner, who teaches courses in entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurial skills for Manchester University.
On Thursday, March 6, Temple Grandin – a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University – will address students of Manchester University. The public is invited to the free 3:30 p.m. presentation in Cordier Auditorium on the North Manchester campus. Reservations are not necessary.
Grandin is Manchester’s 2012-2013 Innovator of the Year. Falkiner will open the presentation by honoring Grandin for her innovative approach to animal science and succeeding with autism.
“Temple Grandin is an extraordinarily innovative person who decided she would indeed make a difference,” said Falkiner. “She did just that in multiple disciplines and in a highly creative manner. The lives of students, persons with autism and farm livestock have benefitted from her innovative work.”
One in every 88 children is autistic, which affects people in all ethnic, socioeconomic and racial groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Autism is five times more common in boys, reports the CDC.
Grandin designs systems to promote humane treatment and equipment for farm animals, including for McDonald’s and Burger King. An HBO movie of her life story starring Claire Danes won seven Emmys. In 2010, Time magazine named her one of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World.”
She is author of several bestsellers, including The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s, Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships, Animals Make Us Human and Emergence: Labeled Autistic. After her Manchester presentation, Grandin will sign her books, which will be for sale, in the Cordier lobby.
Manchester University offers a Certificate in Innovation that teaches problem-solving skills that help students understand how to take charge of tough situations. For more about the program, visit idea.manchester.edu.
Grandin’s Manchester appearance and the Innovator of the Year award is made possible by the Mark E. Johnston ’68 Program in Entrepreneurship.