Meet Temple Grandin at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

The subject of a Golden Globe winning HBO movie, Temple Grandin is a modern day American hero. Not only is she an extremely well respected advocate for those with autism, she changed the face of animal husbandry through innovative thinking and design. Meet Temple Grandin at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in Indianapolis downtown, Thursday, April 28, 2011. This event starts at 5:30 pm and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine. Tickets are $30.00 for Indianapolis people and $25.00 for members of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Temple Grandin (born August 1947) revolutionized animal science and autistic treatment with two very different inventions. When she was diagnosed with autism in 1950, her parents immediately enrolled her in specialized nursery school. Though she struggled through the teenage angst of middle and high school as an outsider, she excelled at higher education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce University in 1970, a masters degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975 and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989.

She first gained notoriety in after Oliver Sacks published his book An Anthropologist on Mars in 1995. In the mid 1980s, Grandin became a public figure in the world of autism with motivational speeches. She advocates early intervention after an autism diagnoses and suggests that each child with autism be surrounded by supportive teachers who can direct an autistic child’s fixations into fruitful directions.

As a visual thinker, Grandin processes the world through images. She learned to interact with her surroundings and focused her unique talents to recall detail and observe the world around her to create an entirely new and extremely humane system for handling cattle through the slaughterhouse process. Her corral designs with curved races allow cattle to be processed efficiently and gently. The system has been adopted by slaughterhouses across the country.

In addition, Grandin invented a “hug machine” designed to calm hyper sensitive people with deep pressure. This therapeutic invention relieves stress through simulating a full body hug. It has been found to have profound effects on both social interactions and sensory stimulation in persons with autism.

Grandin’s reputation as a savant has garnered her public attention across the board. Her story has been featured on ABC’s Primetime Live, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Larry King Live, Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes and The New York Times. In addition, HBO recently made a documentary starring Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, Catherine O’Hara and David Strathairn, which earned several Golden Globe nominations. Danes one Best Actress in a Made for Television Movie for her work on the film.

Temple Grandin will be at the Indianapolis Museum of Art on Thursday, April 28 to discuss her writings, public life and career. She will also give a lecture. A selection of Grandin’s books will be available for purchase in the store, and Grandin will be available to autograph them. This Indianapolis event will take place in The Toby at 7 pm.

Don’t miss this Indianapolis event featuring one of the most unique minds in the United States. Before the lecture head to the near by Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village for a bite to eat. Check out the Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars located there.

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Temple Grandin at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Thursday, April 28, 2011
5:30 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46208