World-renowned autism speaker Temple Grandin attends Mercyhurst event

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ERIE, Pa. — A world-renowned autism spokesperson gave a lecture on Erie’s bayfront Wednesday night.

Temple Grandin, who was the subject of the award-winning film “Temple Grandin,”  was diagnosed with autism at young age and spoke at Mercyhurst University’s Autism in Higher Education at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Grandin said she works to spread the word about the importance of early diagnosis.

“I want to see the kids that are different and the kids that were like me,” Grandin said. “I had no speech until age 4 and then you may have the milder autism where there is no speech delay but they’re just corky and kind of socially awkward.”

Dozens of people lined up to meet and greet with Grandin and purchase one of the many books she has published.

“I want to see these kids get out there and be successful,” Grandin said. 

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