She could be considered the godmother of Autism.
Temple Grandin is perhaps austism’s greatest spokesperson. Born in 1947 and diagnosed with autism at age two (called “brain damage” at the time), she overcame her disabilities to become a sought-after speaker, author, professor and recognized authority in the areas of autism and animal science.
Her life was dramatized in the 2010 HBO movie, “Temple Grandin”, starring Claire Danes and was nominated for 15 Emmys and received five awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama.
She spoke recently at the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA about autism and despite her request to respect her hypersensitivity to noise, received a loud standing ovation at the end.