Media Advisory: Temple Grandin Keynote Speaker of CSU’s First Autism Symposium March 23-24

In advance of National Autism Awareness Month, Colorado State University will host “Transition and Transformation: Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the College Environment,” a two-day symposium March 23-24 focused on meeting the unique needs of students with autism spectrum disorders in the higher education environment. The symposium is an effort to advance the discussion about a national issue of growing importance on college campuses.

WHEN and WHERE: Temple Grandin will provide the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. on March 23 in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. Grandin, a Colorado State University professor, renowned designer of humane animal-handling facilities and autistic person, will speak about “Autism and My Sensory-Based World.” Using her own experiences as a guide, Grandin will examine the role of finding the right job for people on the autism spectrum. Grandin’s presentation will be webcast live and available for viewing at

DETAILS: The symposium will focus on engaging parents and teaching professionals to help students as well as faculty and staff succeed in the classroom and on campus.

The two-day event also will feature presentations by Jane Thierfield Brown from the University of Connecticut School of Law and Lorraine Wolf from Boston University. Thierfield Brown and Wolf will discuss several topics focusing on helping autistic students to successfully transition to higher education.

The symposium will be held in the Lory Student Center. For a full list of events and locations, visit