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Temple  Grandin

Temple Grandin

World-Famous Animal Scientist & Autism Self-Advocate


Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Now her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. Read More >

Dr. Grandin is a speaker who inspires and motivates others through her story. She didn't talk until she was three-and-a-half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She recounts “groping her way from the far side of darkness” in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book that stunned the world because until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.

Even though she was considered “weird” in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin later developed her talents into a successful career as a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift, and others. As a result, in 2016, she was inducted into the James Beard Foundation's 'Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America'—a cadre of the country's most accomplished food and beverage professionals. 

Dr. Temple Grandin currently works as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling.

Dr. Grandin has been featured on NPR and major television programs, including the BBC special The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours, and 20/20 and has been written about in many national publications, including Time (she was included in the magazine’s annual “2010 Time 100” List of the world’s most influential people), People, Forbes, US News and World Report, and The New York Times. Among numerous other recognitions by the media, Bravo did a half-hour show on her life and she was featured in the best-selling book Anthropologist from Mars.

Dr. Grandin's current best-selling book on autism is The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. She also authored The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, which won the Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Nonfiction. Other books that she has written include Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships; Animals Make Us Human; Animals in Translation; Thinking in Pictures; and Emergence: Labeled Autistic. She has also produced several DVDs. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDTalk: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

Different Kinds of Minds Have Different Talents

Keys to Employment for Adults with Autism

Personality Traits, Labels, and the Need for Different Minds

Living with Autism

Speech Topics

Helping Different Kinds of Minds Solve Problems

There are three basic ways that people think differently when solving problems. They are photo realistic, visual thinking like me, pattern mathematical, which is the way most engineers think and word verbal thinking. When projects are being designed, people with different ways of thinking have complementary skills.

Developing Talents

Temple Grandin draws from her own experience with autism spectrum disorders and her professional career. She speaks on how to nurture and turn talents and special interests into paid work, jobs that are particularly suited to individuals on the autism spectrum, and much more. She provides First-hand accounts of job experiences and advice from individuals representing a broad range of careers particularly suited for high-functioning individuals on the autism spectrum.

Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries through the Unique Perspectives of Autism

Often those with Autism/Asperger's suffer socially and professionally because social cues and perceptions hinder their lives. This enlightening and thought-provoking topic educates both those on the spectrum and their caregivers.

Emergence: Labeled Autistic

The remarkable and inspiring true story of how she overcame the challenge of autism. She was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. An obviously intelligent child with a thirst for knowledge, but was unable to properly express herself or control her behavior.

The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism & Asperger's

Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and a great deal of research.

Animals Make Us Human

To understand animals, you have to get away from words. The animal world is a sensory based world. Their memories are detailed pictures, sounds, smell, and other sensory impressions. This talk will help you understand animals but it will also give you insights into solving problems.

Other Topics Temple Can Speak On

How and Why People with Autism Think Differently.
Economical Early Intervention Programs that Work.
How Sensory Sensitivities Affect Learning.
Behaviors Caused by a Disability vs. Just Bad Behaviors.
Teaching People with Autism to Live in an Unpredictable World.
Alternative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine.
Employment Ideas for Adults with Autism.