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Probably one of the most influential speakers when it comes to autism, Dr Temple Grandin is a remarkable woman.

With her incredible insights into animal behaviour, Temple has gone on to become a specialist within this field. Temple has raised much awareness in livestock handling and has worked as a professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University for over 25 years.

Born in 1947 and from Boston Massachusetts USA, Temple is a massive advocate for autism awareness. From addressing issues of equality, labelling and diagnosis, and her championing the strengths that those with autism bring to the world.

A world, that quite simply would be void of a lot of magnificence if it indeed weren’t for autism.

 

I first came across Dr Temple Grandin’s work with a book I came across whilst charity shopping (I love charity shops, and I’m proud of it! Especially for books as you never know what you’ll find). It was Temples ‘Animals in Translation’ book, first published in 2005, and I was immediately taken to it.

Not only did I enjoy it for the understanding of animals from the perspective of autism, which I found to be revolutionary, but I loved her stories of inventing a ‘hug’ machine.

For me, this was amazing, as I was not long into my daughter’s diagnosis, who has ASD, including Asperger’s and sensory processing difficulties, and my daughter was herself a hug monster!

Truth be told, this could go either way…you either got the worlds tightest hug, or you couldn’t touch her. And if she asked for a hug, she would always demand: ‘Tighter! Tighter!!’ Until I would squeeze so hard that I thought I would pass out!

But don’t worry…I’m not very strong, and these sessions would often end in ‘You’re useless. I’m asking Daddy instead’!!

From coming across that first book, I have been delighted to follow Dr Temple Grandin, and her fantastic insights, and simple explanations of the world of autism.

So here they are…15 of the best quotes from Dr Temple Grandin. About autism. About animals. About writing. About life.

1. ‘I am different, not less.’

Temple Grandin

2. ‘If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.’

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3. ‘I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution – know that my life has meaning.’

 

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4. ‘[T]he only place on earth where immortality is provided is in libraries. This is the collective memory of humanity.’

 

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5. ‘Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley.’

 

Temple Grandin

6. ‘My favourite of Einstein’s words on religion is “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.” I like this because both science and religion are needed to answer life’s great questions.’

 

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7. ‘You simply cannot tell other people they are stupid, even if they really are stupid.’

 

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8. ‘I’m a visual thinker, not a language-based thinker. My brain is like Google Images.’

 

Temple Grandin

9. ‘If you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn’t have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social ‘yak yaks’.’

 

Temple Grandin

10. ‘See the person, not the label.’

 

Temple Grandin

11. ‘Animals are like autistic savants . . . Animals have special talents normal people don’t, the same way autistic people have special talents normal people don’t . . . Normal people can stare straight at an animal doing something brilliant and have no idea what they’re seeing. Animal genius is invisible to the naked eye.’

 

Temple Grandin

12. ‘The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.’

 

Temple Grandin

13. ‘I would never talk just to be social. Now, to sit down with a bunch of engineers and talk about the latest concrete forming systems, that’s really interesting. Talking with animal behaviourists or with someone who likes to sail, that’s interesting. Information is interesting to me. But talking for the sake of talking, I find that quite boring.’

 

Temple Grandin

14. ‘I obtain great satisfaction out of using my intellect.’

 

Temple Grandin

15. ‘The thing about being autistic is that you gradually get less and less autistic, because you keep learning, you keep learning how to behave. It’s like being in a play; I’m always in a play.’

 

Temple Grandin

 

If you’d like to find out more about Temple Grandin, then you can visit her website https://www.templegrandin.com/

Thank you for all your work Temple…it’s added more colour to this world!

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