A Quarter Century of Progress: PACTT's 18th Annual Work of Heart
PACTT wishes to thank all our generous supporters and Temple Grandin for making our 25th Anniversary celebration a night to remember.
Your support helps PACTT to change the way we all think about autism and bring a sense of purpose and belonging to our participants.
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Dr. temple grandin
Pactt's 2019 work of heart award winner
Temple Grandin, PhD, is a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior. She was one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to publicly share insights from her personal experience. By doing so, Ms. Grandin has helped to tear down old ideas around the stigma and shame of autism caused by decades of misinformation and blame. Temple’s first book, Emergence, was groundbreaking as it provided hope and a window into the autistic mind for millions of people longing to connect to a loved one with autism.
In addition to being a professor of animal science at Colorado State University for many years, Temple also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. Today, half the cattle in the United States are more humanely handled in facilities she has designed. PACTT Learning Center is the proud owner of one of Ms. Grandin’s original inventions, a squeeze machine that provides a gentle hug and helps to calm students who are experiencing sensory overload.
In addition to Emergence, Ms. Grandin has written many other books including Thinking in Pictures, Calling all Minds and her most recent work, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum. Temple Grandin has received numerous awards for her work, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Her first person perspective of individuals with autism and their potential for a rich, meaningful life inspires the work we do at PACTT in providing greater access and choice for people on the spectrum.