Renee is proud to have been chosen to introduce Dr. Temple Grandin in Ft. Lauderdale on Sept. 30th. See previous news regarding Dr. Grandin here.
About the #TRAILBLAZING2017:#TRAILBLAZING2017 is an annual business-to-business conference on meaningful employment, designed to connect the business community to the disabilities community to create opportunities to learn, understand and appreciate that persons with developmental disabilities are an asset to the workforce. Meaningful employments is not charity. It’s about seeing the value in the talent that an individual with development disabilities brings to the workforce. Speakers and panelists at #TRAILBLAZING2017serve as a critical piece of the education, inspiration and guidance for the business community at large – to help others see the disability community as a value proposition to the workforce. Panels will include examples of meaningful and sustainable work or employment initiatives and discussions around these solutions and additional ideas.
Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this month, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is an animal sciences innovator and champion of farm animal welfare whose masterly designs for livestock handling systems transformed the industry and are used worldwide today. Diagnosed at age two with Autism Spectrum Disorder, she experienced the anxiety of feeling threatened by her environment and went on to apply insights gained from her experience to conceptualize equipment that reduced animal stress during the livestock handling process. Her life and work have “revolutionized the study of autism,” captured in the title of her Ted Talk: “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds.” Dr. Grandin currently conducts research, teaches and consults internationally on autism, animal behavior and handling, as well as advancing quality standards and assurance in the meat and livestock industries. She is a prolific author having published 12 books and several hundred publications on topics ranging from autism through to livestock handling, temperament and fertility as well as environmental enrichment and animal safety. Dr. Grandin was featured in the acclaimed HBO biopic, “Temple Grandin” in 2010, and, in the same year, was honored in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” In 2016, Dr. Grandin was also inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.