September 3rd, 2006



Temple Grandin, Ph.D. , is inarguably the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world.

She has been featured on major television programs, such as "ABC's Primetime Live" the "Today Show", "Larry King Live", "48 Hours" and "20/20" and written up in national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable did a half-hour show on her life, and she was one of the "challenged" people featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars.

Dr. Grandin 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 labeled "autistic," and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the far side of darkness" in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed being diagnosed "autistic" was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life.

Temple Grandin presently works as an Associate Professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University.

An Interview with Temple Grandin (HarvardBrain, 2000)

Thinking In Pictures: and Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Chapter 1: Autism and Visual Thought -- read on-line

Temple Grandin: 'I'm an anthropologist from Mars' (The Guardian, 2005)

Temple Grandin: A Key to Animal Behavior