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Animal scientist and best-selling author Temple Grandin has had a truly remarkable life... and is a hero to people living with autism everywhere. This year TIME Magazine named her as one of "the 100 most influential people in the world".
Through her nine books and countless public lectures, Temple Grandin has made us think differently about autism... taking us on a journey inside the autistic mind, and teaching us that autism can be a gift - not a disability.
Autism is on the rise worldwide, and her life story proves that people with autism (the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities) can accomplish amazing things.
When she was two, Temple couldn't say a thing, and at first the doctors thought she was brain damaged. She was diagnosed with severe autism, and although her father wanted her institutionalized her mother refused. She got Temple intense speech therapy and psychotherapy, pushing her to try new things and become independent.
Temple discovered her unique talents in her high school science teacher's lab, and working at her aunt's cattle ranch in Arizona... it was there that she realized she had this special gift - she could think like a cow - and eventually Temple figured out innovative ways to handle cattle, getting her Ph.D. in animal sciences.
Today half the cattle in the U.S. and Canada are handled in equipment that Temple designed, and big companies like McDonalds follow her guidelines on how to treat cattle more humanely. Temple is currently a professor at Colorado State University, and is working on her 10th book.
'Temple Grandin', the HBO movie about her life starring Claire Danes, just won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.