Temple Grandin to Speak at UC Riverside on May 21

Autism and animal welfare advocate to make free presentation as part of Voices of Change Series

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Dr. Temple Grandin will appear at UC Riverside on Tuesday, May 21.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — Animal welfare and autism advocate Temple Grandin will share her experiences and insight as part of the University of California, Riverside’s Voices of Change Series on May 21, 2013 at 7 p.m. in room 302 of the Highlander Union Building.

“We are very excited that Temple Grandin accepted our invitation to come to UCR,” said Todd Wingate, director of the Highlander Union Building. “She has accomplished so much in her life as a leader in animal rights and autism advocacy and I thought that she would be inspirational to our students and campus community.”

Grandin’s appearance is part of the UC Riverside Presents Series in partnership with Dr. Jan Blacher, founding director of the Graduate School of Education SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center. The talk is free and open to the public, with parking available in Parking Lot 1 to non-permit holders for $5. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

In 2010, Grandin was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.  Also in 2010, Claire Danes starred in a popular HBO film about her life.

“One thing I’m going to want want to talk about are different kinds of mind,” Grandin said via email. “Each type of mind has a unique way of looking at things and when they come together they can do amazing things.”

Assistant Director of Cultural Events Denise Stadelbacher said that seating is first come, first serve and advised people to arrive early.

“Interest in Dr. Grandin’s lecture has been high from the very first moment we announced her appearance on our series,” Stadelbacher said. “We anticipate that every single one of the 600 chairs will be occupied.”

Wingate said that UCR’s role in autism research, particularly the work of Distinguished Professor Jan Blacher, the founding and the SEARCH (Support, Education, Advocacy, Resources, Community, Hope) Family Autism Resource Center was a factor in inviting Grandin to speak on campus.

“When we are looking for artists and speakers to come to our campus it is important to understand the opportunities to connect with other campus partners,” Wingate said. “In this case we had an opportunity to connect with SEARCH and Dr. Blacher, who will be introducing Dr. Grandin, and bring attention to this wonderful campus resource.”

“Temple Grandin has been the inspiration for a wealth of scientific explorations in autism, perhaps more so than any other living person in the field,” Blacher said. “Her writing and reflections have opened up the scientific field of sensory processing sensory and over-responsivity, and its relationship to anxiety in children on the autism spectrum.”

“Her own testimony to success – both professionally and personally – have inspired hope in a field that decades ago had very little,” Blacher added. “She is responsible for increasing positive perceptions of individuals with autism.”

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