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OfflineEventAttendanceMode Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, 559 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA Appalachian Theatre of the High Country, 559 W King St, Boone, NC 28607, USA Caldwell County Center 5 days away

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Dr. Temple Grandin, prominent speaker, and author on autism, will be in Boone as part of the 2024 Carolina Meat Conference. Watauga County Farm Bureau is sponsoring “An Evening with Temple Grandin” at 6:30pm on Monday, July 29, at the Appalachian Theater of the High Country. Dr. Grandin will introduce the film about her life, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, and be available to sign copies of her books following the screening.

The film, called riveting by Common Sense Media and well-reviewed across the country when released in 2010, chronicles the life of Temple from the age of three through her introduction to the greater autism community that would provide both a personal and scientifically-informed perspective on living with autism. The film documents Temple’s journey, with the support of her family and educators, from non-verbal child through PhD, including the challenges faced from the lack of knowledge in the medical community and prejudice in society and higher education.

Temple Grandin, as noted by Mary Sheryl Horine, Director of Outreach and Education at the Appalachian Institute for Health and Wellness, “stands as a compelling role model for individuals on the autism spectrum. Her distinct abilities have propelled her towards success in life, serving as an inspiration to many. Similarly, our local resource center, The Hub for Diverse Abilities located at University Hall, is dedicated to advocating for families and individuals within the autism spectrum community.”   

Dr. Grandin, also an expert in animal behavior and care, is coming to the High Country to work with area farmers at the Carolina Meat Conference hosted by NC Choices, which is an organization committed to supporting sustainable food production through fostering regenerative production practices, advancing market opportunities, and increasing customer access to pasture-based meats.

The Watauga County Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee is responsible for coordinating the public screening and book signing. Lee Rankin, Watauga County Farm Bureau Vice President noted the importance of Grandin’s visit to so many across the High Country, “This is an opportunity for farmers, families and educators deeply touched by Dr. Grandin’s work to not only get to see her in person, but to come together as a community.” Several of Dr. Grandin’s titles will be available for purchase at the book signing after the event.

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