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Grandin to speak at 13th annual Lakes Health Conference

OKOBOJI, Iowa -- World-renowned autism expert, lecturer, author and professor of animal science Temple Grandin will speak about autism and her life as one of the world's most accomplished adults with autism at the 13th Annual Lakes Health Confere...

OKOBOJI, Iowa - World-renowned autism expert, lecturer, author and professor of animal science Temple Grandin will speak about autism and her life as one of the world’s most accomplished adults with autism at the 13th Annual Lakes Health Conference this year.

The conference will focus on many subjects, including autism, drugs, sports injuries, diversity, sleep disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, teams and team-building.

Grandin, whose work on animal behavior revolutionized the livestock industry, is a professor at Colorado State University, but is most famous for her advocacy for people with autism. Grandin emphasizes the importance of diversity of minds, and valuing people who think in different ways, whether visually, verbally or in patterns. She notes that people with autism can find solutions to problems that others might miss.

A semi-biographical HBO film released in 2010 starring Claire Danes as Grandin earned multiple Emmy Awards, and her life has been the subject of multiple documentaries, books and even songs.

The 13th Annual Lakes Health Conference begins at 8 a.m. June 8 and concludes at noon June 9 at Arrowwood Resort and Convention Center, Okoboji.

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Registration is now open. To take advantage of the early bird rate, visit the Iowa Lakes website at www.iowalakes.edu or call Rosemary Coleman at 1-800-242-5108 ext. 5227 or (712) 852-5227 or by email at rcoleman@iowalakes.edu .

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