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Noted author to speak about working with Temple Grandin

Sy Montgomery will speak at the Hancock Woman’s Club monthly meeting on Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Hancock Church Vestry, Main Street. Her talk’s theme will be about her “Experiences with Temple Grandin.”

Because of severe autism, a brain disorder that affects as many as one in 70 children, Grandin didn’t speak a word until she was 5 years old. Even now, at age 64, she doesn’t think in words — she thinks in pictures. But today, this brilliant designer and professor has become one of the most powerful spokespeople in the world — not just on behalf of others with autism, but for all the other wordless individuals on the planet: the animals, especially the 10 billion farm animals who provide Americans with milk, eggs and meat.

To research her award-winning book for kids, Montgomery visited Grandin at her home and university in Fort Collins, Colo., attended classes with her, met her friends, and even tried out her famous “squeeze machine,” which was featured on the TV docudrama on Temple starring Clare Danes. Since then, Montgomery and Grandin have become good friends, spending time attending book signings, a university graduation, and when possible, visiting barns and petting cows together.

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