Professor, scientist and autism activist Temple Grandin will make her way to San Diego next week as the keynote speaker at a special event at the University of San Diego.
Grandin, a prominent proponent of the rights of those living with autism and of animal welfare, will speak at USD’s Camino Hall Shiley Theatre Thursday.
She’ll be the keynote speaker at the university’s 2014 Johnson Family Foundation Symposium on Inclusion in K-12 Education event, which runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The sold-out event will include a question and answer session with Grandin, plus a reception and book signing afterwards.
When Grandin was two years old, she had no speech and all of the signs of a child with severe autism. Her mother defied the advice of doctors and kept her out of an institution. Today, Grandin is a professor at Colorado State University and a top scientist in the humane livestock handling industry.
Her life inspired the award-winning 2010 HBO biopic, “Temple Grandin,” starring Claire Danes as Grandin.