Autistic professor, author speaks tonight at Stambaugh


If you wish to trace the origins of Temple Grandin’s success as an animal scientist, author, college professor and lecturer, you would do well to start with her 1950s-style upbringing.

Grandin, of Fort Collins, Colo., was diagnosed with autism at age 3, when few people ever heard of the disorder. Shortly thereafter, her parents were told it was just a matter of time before she would have to be institutionalized.

Despite that grim prognosis, Grandin’s mother forged ahead and taught her daughter the importance of basic social rules, manners and graces while making it clear what was and wasn’t acceptable.

That training laid the groundwork for Grandin, 63, to become one of the world’s most recognized, successful and sought-after people on the autism spectrum.

Her 90-minute, sold-out presentation Tuesday at Stambaugh Auditorium was sponsored by the Paula and Anthony Rich Center for the Study and Treatment of Autism at Youngstown State University.

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