EdTechConnect with Temple Grandin

This morning, I tweeted that I could not be in a better mood… then I got a fabulous email that said that Dr. Temple Grandin will be doing our April 13 EdTechConnect (7pmEDT). After I stopped squealing with joy and checking my calendar to make sure I wasn’t on a plane that evening, I thought perhaps sharing details with the community might be a good idea so y’all can make sure nothing is going to keep you from joining this fabulous event!

I taught special education for my entire career in the classroom, so Temple Grandin is a sort of super hero for me. One of my favorite quotes is attributed to Dr. Grandin, “I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.”

In case she isn’t already one of your heroes, here’s some information about this remarkable woman.
Dr. Grandin is an award winning animal scientist. The main focus of her career has been on the design of humane livestock facilities. Her designs enable workers to move animals without frightening them. Dr. Grandin spearheaded reform of the quality of life for the world’s agricultural animals, and is one of the most well-known animal advocates on the planet. I just finished reading one of her latest books, Animals Make Us Human and learned much about my pets and animal behavior in general.

Oh, and she has autism. She is inarguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. She has been featured on radio, major television programs, and has been written about in many national publications. in addition to her publications on animal behavior, she is also the author of several books on autism including Thinking in Pictures, The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Aspergers, and Emergence: Labeled Autistic.

Check out this short video for more info. Then rush on over to register for the webinar at http://links.discoveryeducation.com/templegrandin
April 13 7pm EDT See you there!


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  1. Joe Brennan said:

    Wow! I mean really, WOW! I never heard of Temple Grandin before I saw the HBO movie a couple of months ago. She would be a really extraordinary person even without autism. The movie is available over the Internet if you have a Comcast/HBO subscription and I’ve seen that it’s on the list at Netflix too. There are also some great resources on the subjects that come up in the movie at
    And Claire Daines is incredible in the lead!

  2. Cathy said:

    I will be buying her books! I teach special education and my oldest child is diagnosed as mildly autistic/borderline asbergers. His main problem he faces is sensory integration disorder. You could not tell there was anything different about him just by looking at him but social interaction for him is very complicated. He is very smart, creative and visual. His ideas just blow me out of the water! I can’t wait to read about what she has to say. I wish I could be there the 13th but I will be at ball field with my boys.

  3. Gloria Ladlee said:

    This IS exciting news! Coming from a background in special education, I am elated to have the opportunity to “meet” Temple Grandin. What she has been able to accomplish in her life is nothing short of amazing.

  4. Elaine Plybon - TX LC said:

    What a great opportunity! I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Grandin speak in person a few years ago and it was so enlightening! I’ll never forget it!

  5. Jessie Kim said:

    Can you please provide a link for the recorded webex of Temple Grandin’s? It would be greatly appreciated for those who missed it.

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