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By SUE GLEITER, The Patriot-News

May 20, 2010, 7:58AM

Temple Grandin has become a household name since the HBO film on her life story, “Temple Grandin,” debuted in February.

She’ll speak 7 p.m. Sunday at the Zembo Shrine Center for a fundraiser for Jewish Family Service of Greater Harrisburg Inc. She will talk about her experiences growing up with autism. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

In 1950, doctors told Grandin’s parents she had autism and should be institutionalized. She didn’t talk until she was 3½ years old, screaming, peeping and humming instead. But her parents didn’t institutionalize her. They worked intensively with her, and she graduated from high school and college and earned a Ph.D. in animal science.

Grandin, who is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world.

She is the author of several books including, “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” Her books, lectures and appearances around the world explained to parents and professionals how autistic people think and what they feel.

Source:  http://blog.pennlive.com/go/2010/05/noted_autistic_authortemple_gr.html



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