Autism Awareness Advocate To Visit MTSU

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Autism Awareness Advocate Dr. Temple Grandin

(MURFREESBORO) Free public tickets will be available this coming Monday (9/23/2019) for an upcoming special MTSU Distinguished Lecture by internationally renowned autism awareness advocate Dr. Temple Grandin.

Grandin's lecture, "Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems," is planned for Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the university's Tucker Theatre, located inside the Boutwell Dramatic Arts Building at 615 Champion Way.

Tickets will be available after 8 a.m. Sept. 23 via the "Tickets" link at http://MTSUArts.com. Pre-sale tickets for MTSU students, faculty and staff have already sold out.

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Diagnosed with autism as a child, Grandin's determination and family support led her to pursue an education in psychology and animal science. She's now a professor at Colorado State University and uses her training and experience as an advocate for people on the autism spectrum and the humane treatment of animals.

A 2010 HBO drama about her life and accomplishments, starring actor Clare Danes, was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards and earned five, including the Emmy for the year's most outstanding TV movie. Grandin was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

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While she was in college, Grandin invented a device she calls the "Hug Box," a deep-pressure invention that helps calm people who are hypersensitive to stimulation, including those with autism. She was inspired by the squeeze chute used to hold and calm cattle while they're inoculated or receiving other care; the device is still used by therapy programs across America to help both children and adults with autism.

Grandin also is an author, whose books include "Calling All Minds," "Thinking in Pictures," "Thinking Differently," "Animals in Translation" and "Animals Make Us Human," and whose 60-plus peer-reviewed scientific papers focus on various animal behaviors.

MTSU's School of Agriculture, Department of Elementary and Special Education, MTeach Program, Distinguished Lecture Committee and the MTSU Collegiate FFA Chapter are sponsors of Grandin's visit.

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