Is it Possible to Understand What it’s Like to be Inside the Autistic Mind?
I realize talking about Temple Grandin to an Autistic person is one of the “top ten things to never talk
about”, but I have to say that I love this woman. She is so witty and smart and humorous and tenacious.
Sigh. I want to be like her when I grow up!
Say what you want about “yeah, yeah, we’ve heard of her and she’s the exception, yada, yada…”
but Temple has helped to BLAST Autism Awareness into the forefront of the public’s mind, especially in
the entertainment community. The entertainment community is by far the most impactful vehicle to send
messages to the masses because our society is obsessed with pop culture. Period.
Temple and her team are marketing geniuses and my hat is off to their continued success. I for one will
read anything she writes or anything about her. She has helped IMMENSELY to communicate what it is like
to BE Autistic. What she goes through in her day-to-day life. With all her “success”, she poignantly shares
her daily quirks and struggles, all the while being charming as hell.
Temple Grandin rocks!
Must see video: Autism Simulator 2013
I ran across this video by mistake. Then I had to watch it. Then read every comment.
Then watch it again.
I don’t know if this is an “accurate” Autism Simulator, and I don’t know if there’s a way to ever verify its
accuracy, but it made me think. Really long and hard. And it made Autism behavior seem so innovative. Their
stimming and routines and self- comforting are adaptions for their survival. Rather than species who take
generation upon generation to adapt, Autistic individuals adapt and implement coping mechanisms on a
I am awe-struck.
Click here to see the full video on YouTube: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIVbpCBo_cU)
Read the Scientific American recommendation for Temple Grandin’s latest book entitled
“The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum” here: (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=mind-reviews-the-autistic-brain)