Temple Grandin, world-renowned animal agriculture consultant and advocate for the autism community, is no stranger to overcoming challenges. So when Grandin stepped to the podium and told a crowd of 4-Hers to think their problems through and face what scares them, they listened.
“There are two things I used to be scared of: public speaking and airplanes,” Grandin told a crowd of more than 350 young people gathered at the University of Georgia Livestock Arena. Ironically, those two fears — flying around the country and talking to crowds — have become major parts of Grandin’s lifestyle, a detail that was not lost on the students, reports On The Farm radio.
“Having an internationally recognized and culturally celebrated individual offer to interact on such an intimate level is beyond anything I could have expected,” said Ali Merk, Jackson County 4-H agent. “We, as educators, have to stop highlighting what students are deficient in, but rather build upon what they are good at. In 4-H, we have programming for every child and mind, and that is confirmed to change lives through the example of Dr. Grandin.”
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