Temple Grandin: a brilliant mind

Over the weekend, I watched a movie about Temple Grandin, an Autistic woman who has become one of the top scientists in the humane livestock handling industry.

It left a deep impression on me and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about Ms. Grandin’s life. She was born in August of 1947 into a well-educated and wealthy family. Temple received a diagnosis of ‘brain damage’ when she was two years old and the medical advice for this diagnosis at the time was to institutionalize the individual. Temple’s mom, Eustacia was strongly opposed to the idea of institutionalizing her daughter. So she took her to leading researchers and specialists in hopes of finding a better solution. Eustacia was able to hire a speech therapist and nanny to practice speaking and playing educational games with Temple. It wasn’t until she was three and a half years old that Temple began to talk.

Temple went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in human psychology from Franklin Pierce College in 1970, a master’s degree in animal science Arizona State University in 1975 and a doctoral degree in animal science from the University of Illinois in 1989.

Her life is a beautiful story, full of values that I hold very dear to my heart.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”

— Mark Twain

“You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going.”

— Geraldine Brooks

“Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.”

— Theodore Isaac Rubin

Temple’s story is inspiring, her message is clear. You may be different but never less.

To get to know Temple and her story better, watch these:

Movie

A short interview

TED talk

Designer of many things. Currently, Head of Design at Unmind. Previously, Head of Design @HelloSign. Design @zendesk. Creator of @neemsf & @hdysta.

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