Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is a professor at Colorado State University and a professional designer of humane livestock facilities. She is a leading expert on the humane treatment of livestock handling. Grandin has said, “I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.”

She also became well known after being described by the neurologist, Oliver Sacks, in the title narrative of his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, due to her diagnosis of autism. Dr. Grandin speaks on the topic of autism around the world and has also been featured on major television programs, such as ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, and Larry King Live. She has been the subject of articles in People magazine, Forbes, the New York Times, and Time magazine. She is also the author of several books on autism.

“A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis.”

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.”

“People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet.”

Temple Grandin

“You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world. You cannot let them tune out.”

“Autistic people are closer to animals than normal people are.”

“People wouldn’t have become who we are today if we hadn’t coevolved with dogs.”

– Temple Grandin  (1946-)

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