Born in 1947, Dr. Grandin grew up without the services individuals with autism have today. She didn’t speak until the age of three and half and wasn’t formally diagnosed with autism until her 40’s. Despite these challenges, she has never let her diagnosis slow her down.
Dr. Grandin is well-known for many accomplishments, including numerous contributions to the livestock industry, authoring more than twenty books, presenting a TedTalk called, “The world needs all kinds of minds” that has over five million views, and an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning HBO movie about her life, Temple Grandin. She has made TIME Magazine’s annual “TIME 100” list in 2010 in the Heroes category and is a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Currently, Dr. Grandin is an Animal Sciences professor at Colorado State University.
Dr. Grandin covered many topics in the Zoom meeting with College Program students, Community Program participants as well as MICC staff and board members, such as her accomplishments as an author and inventor, being a woman in a male dominated industry, the struggles and triumphs of having autism, the importance of working hard, and shared great advice from participants’ insightful questions. While the Q&A was scheduled for one-hour, Dr. Grandin graciously stayed on for an additional 45 minutes to continue to answer each and every question from participants.
Here are the five takeaways from our time with Dr. Grandin.
Transcriptions of each video clip are included in the video description.
1. Learn what your strengths are and make them work for you.
2. Work is important.
3. Get on a schedule (especially during COVID).
4. Ask for help when you need it.
5. Get exposed to different activities.
Becky Waege, Member of MICC's Autism Committee and Employment Services Specialist