Temple Grandin: Scientist, Designer, Professor, Person with Autism

May 30, 2014 Four years ago Time magazine included Temple Grandin in its list of 100 people who most affect our world, citing her influence as both a renowned animal scientist and an inspirational advocate for people with autism. With an award-winning HBO film depicting her life, frequent media interviews, books and speeches, Grandin, 66,…

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Autism Insight: Sensory Overload and Social Skills Challenges

July 12, 2013 I couldn’t help but hear the conversation between two women sitting an arm’s length away. The more boisterous of the pair had spent the holiday weekend with extended family members, including her 8-year-old nephew with autism. He would not listen and would eat only pizza, she vented. I bit my tongue as…

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Finding Their Way in the World

March 5, 2011 Recently, Temple Grandin, acclaimed animal behavior specialist who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), spoke at an Autism and Employment forum about how individuals with ASD can be valuable employees if they are properly prepared. So how are students with ASD – or any other condition considered a disability – preparing for employment?…

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A Visit with Temple Grandin

February 20, 2011 “Different but not less.” The HBO movie of Dr. Temple Grandin’s life includes a scene in which her mother shares that view of her daughter with the high school science teacher who became her champion. The award-winning film depicts Grandin as a visual thinker who suffered through social encounters but became renowned…

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A Force to be Reckoned With

They can be quirky;  they may not look you in the eye; they may resist a handshake.  They may speak with an affect or not speak much at all.  If you get them going on a topic near to their hearts, they may not stop talking. Someone dear to me has many of these tendencies…

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