Author’s note. The HBO movie starring Claire Danes as Dr. Temple Grandin debuts next month and we had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with her again in Los Angeles. It was a memorable visit from a truly amazing person. Having a co-worker who has two brothers who are autistic, you realize just how amazing her journey has been. Below are the notes from the San Francisco gathering with Dr. Grandin that took place in the fall of 2009.
The world is a different place when seen through the eyes of Dr. Temple Grandin. What makes Temple Grandin special is that as a high functioning autistic, her neurological condition has enhanced her study of animal behavior; she currently is one of the best in her field globally. As an Associate Professor at Colorado State University, roughly 50% of the beef that shows up on your plate came through improvements that she has made to the process of livestock management. Dr. Grandin is also one of the most compelling advocates for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome because she has made career of overcoming obstacles that have been placed in her path.
Dr Grandin has written several New York Times best-sellers, including, “Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals” (with Catherine Johnson); “Thinking in Pictures, My Life with Autism” (with Oliver Sacks); “Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior” (with Catherine Johnson); and “The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.” Continue reading