Keynote Speaker

Dr. Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a world-renowned autism activist, best-selling author, animal welfare and behavior expert.

Temple did not speak until three-and-a-half years old. She communicated her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, Temple was diagnosed with autism. Her parents were told she should be institutionalized. In her young school years, she was considered “different” from her peers. Eventually, Temple found a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities.

Later, Dr. Grandin developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of the very few in a world. Dr. Grandin currently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She has developed livestock handling facilities that are located in many locations around the world. In North America, nearly half of the cattle in meat plants are handled by systems designed by Dr. Grandin. Her designs have also led to the reduction of the stress animals feel during handling. She has authored over 400 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, animal welfare, and facility design.

Dr. Grandin has been highlighted in publications such as Time Magazine (2010 edition of the “Time 100” list), People, Forbes, US News and World Report, the New York Times, and a feature in the best-selling book Anthropologist from Mars.

Television appearances include, the HBO film Temple Grandin starring Claire Danes, a BBC special The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and 20/20.


1966-Graduated from Mountain Country School

1970-Bachelors in Human Psychology from Franklin Pierce College

1975-Masters in animal science from Arizona State University

1989-Doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Day 2 – Friday

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Autism and My Path Through Life

Purpose & Objectives

Details to be announced.

Keynote Speaker

Location and Venue

Savannah Convention Center
Savannah, GA

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