Temple Grandin speaking at the Kickapoo Country Fair in La Farge, WI on July 24th, 2010.
Temple Grandin is considered a philosophical leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Both movements commonly cite her work regarding animal welfare, neurology, and philosophy. Based on her own experiences, she advocates early intervention and supporting teachers who can direct fixations of the autistic child to fruitful directions. She has described her own overt sensitivity to noise and other sensory information, as well as the need to visualize everything.
Grandin is a Professor at Colorado State University who has Asperger's Syndrome. She is also a professional designer of humane livestock facilities. She obtained her B.A. at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989.