PUTNEY -- Landmark College officials knew pretty quickly that it was going to be impossible to grant access to everyone who wanted to hear Temple Grandin speak at the college Thursday night.

Grandin is an internationally recognized author and speaker who advocates for animal rights and autism awareness.

She was diagnosed with autism as a child and went on to earn a doctoral degree in animal science.

In her groundbreaking research Grandin helped design humane handling systems for livestock, citing her autistic mind for allowing her to gain insight into the thoughts and feelings of animals.

Grandin was listed in the 2010 Time magazine List of the 100 Most Influential people, and is a best-selling author.

Grandin is scheduled to give a free talk Thursday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at Landmark's Greenhoe Theater, but every seat in the theater has been called for.

So in an effort to open the event up to the public Landmark College is working with Brattleboro Community Television to broadcast the Grandin talk live on YouTube Thursday night.

"Landmark College is honored to host Dr. Temple Grandin on our campus when the semester starts with what is expected to be the highest enrollment in the history of the institution," Landmark College President Peter Eden said. "The college has served students who learn differently for almost 30 years. It is our ability to help students recognize their own strengths and abilities, not disabilities, that relate to Temple and her great body of work.


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The YouTube broadcast will be shown live from the Landmark campus.

Grandin received international recognition for her work in advocating for the more humane treatment of livestock.

As her work in animal rights gained exposure she has become an outspoken speaker and author who advocates for a better understanding and acceptance of people on the autism spectrum.

She has written several books on the subject of autism awareness and learning disabilities and education.

She stresses the importance of early intervention in educating children with autism.

Grandin will be in Putney Thursday and will spend the day on the Landmark campus, meeting with staff and faculty.

"About 20 percent of Landmark College students are on the autism spectrum, but they will not be the only ones empowered by Temple's visit and interactions on campus," Eden said. "All of our students, faculty and staff will benefit from her time here as we all join Temple in seeking to demystify (learning disabilities)."

For a link to the YouTube live stream go to the Landmark web site and click on "Academic Speaker Series" in the "Academics" section, or type "Grandin" in the web site's search engine.

Howard Weiss-Tisman can be reached at hwtisman@reformer.com or 802-254-2311, ext. 279. Follow him on Twitter @HowardReformer.