Temple Grandin is a hero in the autism community, and for good reason. At 65 years of age, she is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism. She grew up in an era when children with autism were shunned while their mothers were blamed. But Temple’s mother would have none of it; she fought to get her daughter help, which often meant pioneering new forms of treatment for the mostly unknown disorder.
Thanks to the efforts of many, including caring, dedicated, and creative teachers, Temple came out of her shell. Today Dr. Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and has designed equipment used in nearly half of all cattle processing facilities in North America, leading to significant improvements in the treatment of animals. This and other aspects of Temple’s life story were beautifully portrayed in an HBO movie starring Claire Danes that received seven Emmy awards.