Autism is "a persuasive developmental disorder of children, characterized by impaired communication, excessive rigidity, and emotional detachment." (Dictionary.com)
That's a mouthful, isn't it? I bet that you know somebody at your school with autism, or maybe someone in your family has it. No one knows what causes it, but for now it is being categorized as a birth defect. Temple Grandin is a doctor of animal science, a professor at CSU, bestselling author, and a livestock industry consultant in animal behavior. She also has autism. She speaks about autism, and helps people understand what it is like and how they can help somebody with this condition.
I recently saw a movie called Temple Grandin with Claire Danes starring as Ms. Grandin. I would give it five stars! It's about Temple Grandin and her discovery of how cattle move, and what makes them most comfortable in a slaughterhouse or cattle dip. She thinks in pictures and has a remarkable brain unlike any person without autism. Cattle travel in circles and because of her autism, she can see what a cow would feel when going through a regular cattle dip and how people could reduce the risk of drowning cattle. And when going through a slaughterhouse, making the cows comfortable and happy before they are slaughtered. "We owe them some respect." she says.
Temple Grandin is a genius and has won numerous awards each year from 1984 to 2009. She proves that nothing is impossible for autistic people, and is a wonderful person to look up to. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado!