Grandin to be Opening Keynote at UBTech 2012

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Friday, March 9, 2012

It was the 2010 HBO movie Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, that first introduced the masses to the brilliance of UBTech’s opening keynote speaker, Temple Grandin. The most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world, Grandin has spent more than 20 years as a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University and is the author of several books on animals and animal behavior. Until publication of her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic (Warner Books, 1996), most professionals and parents saw an autism diagnosis as virtually a death sentence to achievement and productivity in life. Grandin’s keynote will open UBTech 2012 on Monday June 11 at Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It’s an assumption that Grandin—who didn’t talk until she was three-and-a-half and communicated frustration by screaming, peeping, and humming—has shattered. While in school, a mentor recognized her abilities and nurtured her interests, and Grandin later established herself as one of the few livestock-handling equipment designers in the world. She has designed the facilities in which half of all U.S. cattle are handled. In Grandin’s speaking engagements, a common theme often emerges—that the world needs all kinds of minds. She has spent her lifetime challenging conventional thinking about people with autism. Her unique perspective has special significance for today’s higher education leaders, and at UBTech, she will get attendees thinking about education, technology, and how we relate to the world around us. As a preview, she shared her outlook on education with UBTech.

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