Dr. Temple Grandin is primarily known for two things—her expertise on animal care and handling and the award-winning HBO movie “Temple Grandin,” which focuses on her autism.
Grandin will be in Wood County next week to address both topics. She is the keynote speaker at the 10th annual Autism Summit of Northwest Ohio June 10 at BGSU. On June 9, she will talk with area livestock producers and people with an interest in farm animals.
The Autism Summit of Northwest Ohio will feature Grandin for the majority of the program, which runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Grandin will discuss her early years and answer questions from the audience during the morning session. In the afternoon program, she will talk about her later years, ending with another question-and-answer session.
Ballroom seating is sold out. Attendees can also watch the presentation in 206 Union via a live video stream for $20. A certificate with contact hours will cost $10.
The summit is sponsored by Robert and Nancy Williams, the School of Intervention Services, the College of Education and Human Development, the Office of Marketing and Communications, the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the Wood County Educational Services Center.
For more information or to register, contact the Office of Continuing and Extended Education at 2-8181 or visit http://cee.bgsu.edu/autism2011.
The June 9 event will be held in Cygnet at the Nichols Farms, located at the southeast corner of Cygnet Road and Washington Street.
Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, is also a best-selling author and consultant to the livestock industry. She admits her autism has helped her gain insight into the minds of cattle, which has allowed her to develop methods to treat livestock more humanely at farms, livestock yards and slaughter facilities.
A meal will be served at the farm at 6 p.m., followed by Grandin’s presentation and a question-and-answer session. After the presentation, visitors are invited to tour the livestock handling facilities with her. The event is free and open to the public; however, reservations are requested by today (June 3) by calling 419-354-6916 or 419-354-9050.