Temple Grandin has spent her life relating to animals in a way most people can’t. Her model on the correlation between people with autism and the language of animals has been described as, in her words, “thinking in pictures.”

Grandin, who lives with autism, is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, an author, inventor, and an animal behavior expert. She is credited with creating groundbreaking designs to aid in the humane slaughter of livestock that are still relied upon today by processors all over the world.

Grandin was in Modesto during a two-day speaking series hosted by Modesto Junior College (MJC) Nov. 6-7 where she spoke about animal behavior and autism.

Her first speaking event was Understanding Animal Behavior. The second was Calling All Minds: Educating Students Who Think Differently and the third was speaking to FFA members from throughout the California Central Region. Grandin spoke to over 2,500 people throughout these three speaking events. She has touched the lives of several people through her motivational life story.

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