Animal expert and autism advocate to speak in Grand Junction

Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital and Strive in Grand Junction will present an upcoming event featuring Temple Grandin, a professor, consultant, author, speaker and activist considered an expert on animal behavior and autism advocacy.

The event is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the University Center ballroom on the campus of Colorado Mesa University.

The presentation will touch on both animal behavior and autism. Grandin will answer questions afterward as well as sign copies of her books. A selection of her books is available for sale at the CMU bookstore.

Tickets for the event sell for $20 and are available at the Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital, Bank of Colorado and City Market stores.

Tickets also are available online at

Grandin was diagnosed with autism at age 2. She overcame the affliction to earn college degrees in psychology and animal science and tapped her own experiences to develop her insights into animal behaviors. She has worked as a consultant to slaughterhouse operations on ways to reduce livestock anxiety and promote more humane treatment.

Grandin also has become an outspoken advocate for the early treatment and education of children with autism.

Grandin was included in the Time Magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2010 and was the subject of an award-winning HBO movie.