7 Most Inspirational & Insightful Temple Grandin Quotes
Temple Grandin, born in 1947, is at the forefront of the autism awareness movement and has consistently spoken out on behalf of people on all ends of the spectrum, especially for those who are non-verbal and do not have a voice for their own. Originally diagnosed with brain damage at an early age due to delayed speech development, Grandin remains an inspiration to many both on and off the spectrum. Growing up growing up during a time when the autism diagnosis was not widely accepted, Grandin become a a trailblazer for acceptance and celebrating our differences. Before the advancements of both science and social understanding, theories surrounding cognitive differences blamed parents. One such theory was that non-neurotypical behaviour was a result of "refrigerator mothers", wherein mothers were "abnormally cold" to children.
(Temple Grandin with Lisa and Monica from Snug Vest)
Through these experiences, Grandin has become the voice for many like her on the spectrum who were cast off and categorized as "less than" their neurotypical peers. Her list of accolades now includes: Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, one of Time's most influential people in the world for 2010, inventor of the hug machine and TedTalks speaker. A proud spokesperson and advocate, Temple is no doubt a trailblazer and leader within the autism community. Her amazing life story can be seen here, in the HBO movie titled Temple Grandin.
3. "One of my sensory problems was hearing sensitivity, where certain loud noises, such as a school bell, hurt my ears. It sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears." - Temple Grandin
5. “Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation." - Temple Grandin
7. "Mild autism can give you a genius like Einstein. If you have severe autism, you could remain nonverbal. You don't want people to be on the severe end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn't have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social yak yaks." - Temple Grandin
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