Autism Expert Temple Grandin To Speak In Davenport April 19
Temple Grandin, a prominent author
and speaker on the topic of autism,
has been featured by TIME magazine
as one of 100 people who most affect
our world. She has appeared on “60
Minutes” and was the subject of an
award-winning HBO movie.
Now she’s coming to Davenport
during Autism Awareness Month to
share her insights about autism, a
challenging communication disorder
that impacts thousands of individuals,
their families, teachers, classmates and
others in the Quad-City region.
Grandin will speak April 19 at The
RiverCenter in Davenport from
9-11 a.m. She will describe the
challenges she has faced and provide
practical ideas on how others living
with autism can meet these obstacles
and improve the quality of their lives.
A free-will offering will be accepted.
Reserve your seat
To make a reservation for Temple
Grandin's presentation, go to
On the website, you will also see a list
of other autism awareness activities for
the month of April.
Grandin’s talk is part of the Anti-
Stigma Speaker Series developed by
the Vera French Foundation in 2008.
An estimated 4,000 people in the
Quad-City region have autism, says
Tom Crane, president of the Autism
Society of the Quad Cities and parent
of an adult son with autism.
No one is more articulate in explaining
some of the mysteries of autism than
Grandin, who at age two was unable
to speak and showed signs of severe
autism. Many hours of speech therapy
and intensive teaching enabled her to
learn speech. She endured constant
teasing as a teenager, but her high
school science teacher and an aunt
who lived on a ranch motivated her to
pursue a career as a scientist and
livestock equipment designer.
Awarded a Ph.D in Animal Science
from the University of Illinois in 1989,
Grandin serves as a professor at
Colorado State University. She
conducts research while teaching
courses on livestock handling and
facility design. Among the popular
books she has authored is, “Animals in
Translation,” which was a New York
Grandin has received numerous
awards for her work and gives lectures
throughout the U.S. on her
experiences with autism.
Sponsors of Grandin’s presentation are
Genesis Health System, Scott County
Regional Authority, Autism Society of
the Quad Cities, Quad-City Times,
Cumulus Quad Cities, Radish, Vera
French Foundation Speakers
Committee, and the Putnam Museum.