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A Life With Autism

Temple Grandin's life has been a fascinating, unique journey, and Dr. Grandin will be on campus Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Doudna Fine Arts Center for a firsthand account of her amazing story.

A doctor of animal science and professor at Colorado State University, Grandin is also a bestselling author and subject of an award-winning biographical film focusing on her many accomplishments after being diagnosed with autism during early childhood.

Grandin didn't speak her first words until she was nearly four years old and struggled with the effects of her autism throughout childhood, but went on to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology before attaining master's and doctoral degrees in animal science; the latter was completed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

With that expertise, Grandin was able to become a highly regarded consultant to the livestock industry in the area of animal behavior. In addition, she is also a major autism advocate and an inventor; her "squeeze machine" has become a useful means for calming hypersensitive people. Grandin was also part of the 2010 Time 100 list of the world's 100 most influential people and is a frequent subject of national radio and television programming along with articles in major print publications.

Grandin's visit is sponsored by EIU's Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences along with the Center for the Humanities and the Doudna Fine Arts Center. All proceeds from her visit will fund a new Autism Research Center on campus.

This presentation is a first for the Doudna Fine Arts Center, with two venues already sold out. The third venue is selling briskly, and it's anticipated that ticket sales will be stopped before Sept. 27. Dr. Grandin's presentation will be in the Dvorak Concert Hall and fed via closed-circuit hookup to the two overflow venues. All remaining tickets for the overflow location are only $10; you can call the Doudna box office at 217-581-3110 or email doudnatix@eiu.edu for ticket information. More information about the presentation is also available on the Doudna website.

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