April 20, 2011
Temple Grandin Ticket Contest

Author, scientist, and animal welfare advocate Temple Grandin will speak at the IMA on Thursday, April 28, as part of the Planet Indy series–and we have a couple of tickets to the sold out show.

Because Temple will be describing visual ways of processing experiences, and how her own thinking as a person living with Autism led her to become the designer of more humane livestock handling facilities throughout North America, this event has great Food for Thought ties. The animals in her facilities are calm and comfortable; they die a swift, painless death. The result is meat that many experts believe to be healthier for the people who consume it. Temple’s best-selling books include Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human. The 2010 HBO film biography, Temple Grandin, recently won seven Emmy Awards.

Interested in attending? Tell us how this event will help you better understand the world around you and why that’s important (Just post a comment below. If you’re a first-time poster, your comment will have to be approved first). We’ll notify winners by Wednesday, April 27.

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9 responses to “Temple Grandin Ticket Contest”

  1. Windi says:

    I find her intriguing and love to hear about how others view the world, seeing as how we all need to know better how to navigate that maze.

  2. Daina Chamness says:

    AS more and more children are being diagnosed with autism, it is important that we all begin to understand this alternative way of seeing the world. I have several friends and acquaintances whose children are gifted and autistic. Having read some of Temple’s books, I am curious to hear her speak about this intriguing topic. If I get these tickets I will attend with my dear friend who has an autistic granddaughter.

  3. Jean Schnur says:

    Temple Grandin is amazing. I have read many articles in farm publications about her work with humanely and efficiently handling livestock to reduce the stress on the animals. She has managed her autism in such a productive way, it amazes me that she has been able to deal with her own shortcomings and recognize her own limitations and has used her natural talents to improve the way we think about livestock handling and the well being of the animals we are producing. What an inspiration to anyone who has or is dealing with autism, and what an asset to those of us who produce livestock! An amazing lady!

  4. Susan Adams says:

    My 21-year old son is on the Autism spectrum. I would dearly love for him to get a chance to hear such an amazing role model in person. It would mean the world to him to see Temple Grandinat a time when he is trying to understand his contribution to the community and to the world. Thanks for considering my request.

  5. Liz Joss says:

    My husband, who is a fourth-grade teacher, greatly admires Temple Grandin. She reminds him to always consider that different people–or in his case, 10-year-olds–experience the world differently, and everyone has the potential to do great things no matter what their limitations. (Don’t we all have limitations of one kind or another?) Recognizing and respecting those differences instead of trying to cram every student into a single mold is his goal. He’s also an animal lover, and tries to impart that to his students with a lizard, frog and Madagascar hissing cockroaches in his schoolroom. Thanks for considering him to see Temple Grandin in person!

  6. Pam Newell says:

    I’ve heard her interview on NPR and was intrigued by her courage in turning her autism into an asset instead of a limitation. I would love to bring my daughter a DePauw biology graduate who has been admitted to Veterinary school and participated in wildlife research to hear Temple’s thoughts on animal behavior and how we as humans can change our paradigm to make the world a more humane place. We have so much to learn and Temple brings wisdom and a fresh approach to learning about animal behavior.

  7. Amy Magan says:

    My son lives with sensory processing disorder and is on the autism spectrum. Temple Grandin gives me hope that kids who see the world differently are just as capable as others — possibly moreso, to do great things. I would love to see her in person.

  8. Erik says:

    The opportunity to see Temple Grandin in person would not only affect my life but it would ripple through to the lives around me. First of all, I have a great respect for Temple Grandin as I first hand know the struggles that someone with a disability faces. My twin sister was deemed emotionally handicapped and faced constant pressure to not perform beyond her disability. Seeing Temple’s escalation beyond what most thought she could do is inspiring. I currently volunteer at my church with children who have autism and have researched everything from diet to sensory perception to better understand these wonderful children. My wife’s family are cattle farmers so that side of Temple’s work is also impactful. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to spend some time with one of the most innovative minds of this day.

  9. Lauren says:

    I currently work for an organization that provides skills for students with Autism and/or Asperger’s. I greatly enjoy my work with these students and look for any chance to gain more knowledge and insight into the way they think or how to help them better. I have seen the Temple Grandin movie and heard a few interviews with her. She is someone I truly admire and would love to have the chance to see her. I’m also in school and it would be a welcome pleasure between dead week and finals week!

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