Women in Special Ed: Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin | Whereas popular wisdom held that autism developed in children from bad parenting, Grandin changed a whole generation’s perspective on the disorder. After proving that the condition is not taught but biological, Grandin went on to develop lessons plans, devices, and coping mechanisms so that young people with autism could learn to live with their condition. Temple Grandin was one of the first adults to publicly disclose that she had autism and credited the disorder for her ability to work so well in the livestock industry, developing techniques for humane treatment of animals destined for slaughter and revolutionizing long-held beliefs about animal behavior. Besides her work in husbandry, Grandin has been a vocal advocate for better understanding of autism and education of the public on the myths and realities of living with it.

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