Please stay with me. More than ever, I want you to get to the end of this post because there is something very special there! Even if you don’t read the rest of these words, check out the video. Please!
I watched a wonderful film over the weekend. It entertained me, it educated me and it made me think….a lot! It told the true story of a young autistic woman. With incredible support and dedication from her amazing family and mentor ship from her science teacher who saw the light in her, she is able to use her amazing brain and abilities to go on and absolutely revolutionise the way livestock are treated in feed lots and processing plants. It is now a much more humane and stress free process than it was thanks to her. It’s going to happen whether we like it or not. So it should be as humane and respectful to the animals as possible. Her designs are now used to handle half of the cattle in the US.
The film – Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes is based on the story of this remarkable woman from childhood, up to the time where she inadvertently becomes a spokesperson for Autism. It’s an HBO film so you know the quality to expect – nominated for 15 Emmy’s in fact and won 7.
Temple has gone to become a doctor in animal science and a Professor at Colorado State University. Not only that, but she published several books and speaks as an advocate for children/people with autism all over the world. She has been the feature of several magazine articles and documentary films, interviewed by the big names and named a Time 100 hero.
Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is now the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Templegrandin.com
Temple gave this TED talk back in 2010 (at the age of 63) and I really urge you to watch it when you get the chance. It’s a wonderful way to spend 20 minutes. She makes you think – about her, about people you know and about our society in general and where we all fit!
Temple Grandin Where art thou – photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/kingeroos/9018002451/”>kingeroos</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a
Temple speaking – photo credit <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/ala_members/9181670306/”>ALA – The American Library Association</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a