(News Release from SouthernMinnesota Autism Coalition and South Central College, North Mankato Campus Foundation)


Respected name in autism, Dr. Temple Grandin, to speak at South Central College in North Mankato on Tuesday, February 9

(January 20, 2016) - The Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition and South Central College, North Mankato Campus Foundation are teaming up to present Dr. Temple Grandin, who will speak on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be held in the John A. Votca Conference Center on SCC’s North Mankato Campus.

“We are honored to have Dr. Grandin join us at South Central College as a visiting professor. This is a great learning opportunity for our students and our community,” said Tami Reuter, Executive Director of the SCC Foundation.  

When it comes to the autism community, no name is bigger than Dr. Temple Grandin. She is a professor at Colorado State University, an author, activist, and holds a Ph.D. in animal science. In her career she has written multiple best-selling books, invented the renowned “hug box” for people with autism, and is a leading consultant to the livestock industry. She was the subject of an award-winning biographical HBO film entitled Temple Grandin. She continues to be an autism rights activist and livestock behavior consultant.

"Dr. Temple Grandin has served as an inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism," said Karen Wright, Chairperson of the Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition. "We feel privileged to collaborate with the SCC Foundation to offer this unique presentation in which Temple will eloquently and candidly describe the challenges she has faced and can offer no-nonsense ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives."

The public is invited to attend the event and can register online at: www.southcentral.edu/autism.  Cost is $20/person before Feb. 1, and $30 after this date, or at the door if space is available.

Open seating begins at 5:30 p.m. with an interactive presentation by Dr. Grandin beginning at 6:30 p.m. Books will be available for sale at the event.  Additionally, a book signing and photograph opportunity will follow.  A number of autism-related vendors/organizations will be on site to offer information.

Proceeds will benefit South Central College Foundation scholarships and the Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition.  Questions may be directed to: 507-389-7203.

Dr. Grandin is also a respected name in the agriculture community and will be one of four national speakers at the 8th Annual Ag Symposium at South Central College.  The Ag Symposium is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. also on February 9.