Celebrating Autism Awareness Month: Temple Grandin (1947-Present)

By: Rachel Spears—Political Editor

Mary Temple Grandin, was born in Boston. Unable to speak until age three, she was diagnosed with Autism later in life. Grandin, who is considered to be an autistic savant, is a prominent spokesperson for the humane treatment of animals. In her studies of cattle, she designed curved corrals to reduce stress and panic during the slaughter process. “Nature is cruel, but we don’t have to be,” she said. Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and American Academy of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the Meritorious Achievement award from the world organization for Animal Health, Grandin has accomplished more than most, not letting the stigma surrounding autism hold her back. “I am different, not less,” she said. 

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