When Temple Grandin was a small child, her mother knew there was something wrong with her. She rarely spoke and seemed to shrink away from being touched.
This was in the 1950s and doctors told Temple’s parents she should be institutionalized because she was, in their words, brain damaged.
Her parents resisted, and today, Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is probably the most famous autistic person in the world.
Her story was told in an HBO movie that won nearly every award it was nominated for.
She’s a scientist whose humane ideas changed the way livestock are treated and she continues to change the way the world views people with conditions like autism, Asperger’s syndrome and ADHD.
Temple offers advice for parents dealing with these issues in their own children, and discusses her new book, “Different Not Less,” which highlights stories of 14 people who were diagnosed as adults.
She also shares her thoughts on aging, the genetics of autism and whether she thinks there is any link between environmental factors, including vaccines, and autism.