A knitter’s joyful Instagram post about meeting Temple Grandin led me back to the work of this visionary thinker on how our minds, especially minds of autistic persons, work, and the contributions that different minds make to human progress and survival. Grandin is many things, but tops on the list is that she gives concrete hope and guidance to parents of autistic kids. She’s an engaging speaker, who shares the sartorial flair of our favorite singing economist, Merle Hazard.
Up top is the trailer to the HBO movie Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, which is streaming on Amazon Prime and probably also available at your local library. The film is based on Grandin’s book, Thinking in Pictures: My Life With Autism.
Here’s a 2010 TED talk Temple Grandin gave, under 20 minutes long.
For longer-form Grandin, I also listened to this 2006 NPR interview.
And for those who can knit while reading, I highly recommend Oliver Sacks’s profile of Grandin in a 1993 (!) article in the New Yorker magazine.