Please join us to welcome Prof. Temple Grandin, one of the world’s leading advocates for Autism; psychologist, author, scientist, and inventor.
Temple Grandin has served as an inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and autistic people. Her innovations in animal science have changed the world and she attracts the world’s attention when she speaks.
Temple is joined by Tim Sharp, the creator of Laser Beak Man. Tim has won fans from all around the world with his unique sense of humour and very original art. His work garnered international attention when, in a world first for an autistic person, LaserBeak Man was turned into an animated TV series. He’s also a renowned keynote speaker, and provides stirring examples and irreverent opinions of people and situations.
Temple was diagnosed with Autism as a child and didn’t speak until the age of 4. Today she’s in much demand on the world stage and discusses topics like the importance of fostering different kinds of minds among young people, particularly focusing on autistic children.
Temple has earned a degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a master’s degree in animal science from Arizona State University and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She worked as a consultant to companies with large animal slaughterhouse operations and advised on ways of improving the quality of cattle’s life. She argues that her contributions to the field of animal welfare would not have been possible without the insights and sensitivities that are a consequence of her autism.
She was acknowledged as one of the most influential people in the world in the 2010 “Time Magazine top 100 list’ and was immortalised by Claire Danes in the HBO film Temple Grandin.
Tim is most famous for his bold and colourful artworks completed in crayon that all feature his superhero Laser Beak Man. Many of them are interpretations of pop culture icons or current topics of interest. Others are representations of Sharp’s literal understanding of language, a common trait of autism. Most of them reflect Sharp’s unique sense of humour and his often irreverent opinion of people and situations.
Sharp’s art is in demand from collectors from around the world, his artwork and keynote speeches have been captivating audiences everywhere.
Tim Sharp is the first person with Autism to have his artwork turned into an animated series. Tim, and mother Judy are amazingly inspirational to hear speak and share their incredible story of adversity, persistence, resilience, triumph, success and inspiration. It is Tim and Judy’s powerful past and their bright future that compels audiences everywhere to stand and applaud.