January 15, 2009
Temple Grandin is one of those amazing people who seem to emerge from their own ground of being. She considers herself a high functioning autistic. Grandin has earned a Ph.D, a professorship, and has designed the cattle chutes for most of the feed lots in the U.S.
Her success owes in large part to what others might consider a disability. Because of her autism, Grandin has an uncanny ability to know how animals think. She uses this studied and measured intuition in her work and teaching. She's also an author.
Check out an interview with her on a recent episode of NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross. It is a privilege to hear about autism so articulately and precisely described first-hand.