The Fort Collins mayor proclaimed April 6 as â€œTemple Grandin Dayâ€ in recognition of the CSU professorâ€™s contributions to the understanding and treatment of autism and improving conditions at large livestock processing plants.
Hutchinson said the proclamation is a celebratory way to acknowledge the remarkable work Grandin has done for the community and the world at large.
â€œHereâ€™s a person who, in Fort Collins at CSU, has just done some remarkable things. Sheâ€™s the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world,â€ Hutchinson said. â€œSheâ€™s done some very interesting work in more humane handling of livestock.â€
Grandin, an autistic professor and author of the best-selling book, â€œThe Way I See It: A personal Look at Autism and Aspergers,â€ is recognized worldwide for her work in autism advocacy and her work revolutionizing the harvesting of food animals in a humane way.
Grandin designed a system for handling cattle in an ethical manner. Now these facilities can be found all over the world.
Nancy Irlbeck, the associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and a colleague of Grandin, described Grandin as an amazing woman who has influenced the world.
â€œHer work has opened doors in the world of autism and created a more humane production of harvesting food animals,â€ Irlbeck said. â€œTemple came through the system when being a woman in a very male dominated field was difficult. Not only was she a woman, but she was autistic. By listening to her story, she gives hope.â€
Katie Boeder, the development coordinator for the College of Agricultural Sciences, agreed, describing Grandin as a strong figure in the animal science field and autistic community. She said that Grandin is a local celebrity.
â€œTempleâ€™s story is one of overcoming extreme obstacles to make a very big change in the world. Itâ€™s empowering, motivating and inspirational. It says that anyone at any point in their lives can be a positive influence on the world,â€ Boeder said.
Boeder said Templeâ€™s passion for her work has allowed people to shed light on topics that people arenâ€™t necessarily comfortable talking about, whether itâ€™s the treatment of animals or the misrepresentation of autism.
â€œHaving her as part of the conversation brings forward a positive progress,â€ Boeder said. â€œTemple is so passionate about what sheâ€™s doing. Thatâ€™s why having her here at CSU makes CSU a place to have those types of difficult discussions,â€ Boeder said.
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