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 the 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.
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 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 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.
In February 2017, Dr. Temple Grandin was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame whose inductees include Amelia Earhart, Hillary Clinton, Emily Dickinson, Helen Keller and the like. When asked by The Denver Post
what she hopes people take away from her inspiring life story, she replied, “When opportunity arises, you gotta go for it.”
For tickets to one of these events, please visit www.trinidadautismawareness.com
or call 719-680-2638. Tickets can also be purchased at State Farm Insurance, 535 E. Main Street in Trinidad, or at Mariposa Rehabilitation Center, 207 E. Main St. in Trinidad. All proceeds will be used to produce the event and provide resources and education for the ones in our communities who have been diagnosed with autism.