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I Am Different, Not Less

Emmaus Homes - Thursday, March 15, 2018


“I am different, not less.”

Diagnosed with Autism when she was 3 years old, Dr. Temple Grandin became one of the foremost public figures on Autism. Through her written works in books and articles to her interviews with today’s top broadcasters, she has been able to reshape the conversation around Autism by giving it an authentic voice. This is why Emmaus Quality Education Specialist, Cindy Burrows, has all new Emmaus team members learn more about her.

Dr. Temple Grandin is known as a Professor of Animal Science. She has changed the way livestock are handled to reduce the stress. She has designed facilities that are located all over the world. She has written several books, articles and has been interviewed by today’s top broadcasters about her work with the cattle industry and the creation of the curved chute and race systems.

But it is her work as an advocate for Autism that Dr. Grandin has gained respect and attention when she speaks. Dr. Grandin was diagnosed with Autism and did not talk until she was three and a half years old. Through many years of working hard and support from her family, she became one of the most sought out speakers and authors on Autism. Because she has the personal experiences, she was the first individual to give an inside narrative of Autism. At the age of 18, she created the “Hug Box”. A machine created and built by Temple to provide herself with deep touch pressure to relieve anxiety and other problems associated with tactile defensiveness. These machines are now used worldwide to help those individuals with Autism Spectrum disorder.

Just to hear a few of her quotes demands the respect that she deserves;

“One of the problems today is for a kid to get any special services in school, they have to have a label. The problem with Autism is you’ve got a spectrum that ranges from Einstein to someone with no language.”

“What would happen if the Autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.”


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