Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday TED Talk: Temple Grandin on the Autistic Mind

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism in her childhood, is now a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and renowned for her humane redesigns of livestock handling facilities. In the talk below, given with her trademark vigor at this year's TED conference, she explains what is different about the autistic mind, how it sees the world in pictures, and how (at least in its less severe forms) its special traits can provide a unique advantage in certain fields:

You may read more about Temple Grandin here, or also at her home page. There is also an interview that CNN did with her which you can watch at this link. Watch this talk in its high-res version at this link, and download it in that and other formats from this page.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this. Our autistic son just turned 16 and insights like this are critical as we work with the educators and other public and private agencies to plan his transition to adult living.