Temple Grandin, PhD

Colorado State University

Diagnosed with autism in 1950, Dr. Temple Grandin is now the most sought-after voice in autism today. Though she was considered “weird” in her early school years, she eventually connected with a mentor who recognized her interests and abilities. Having attained what the New York Review of Books refers to as a “stunning level of sophistication about the science of autism,” Temple has been instrumental in transforming the way we collectively perceive and understand the individual with autism. As an adult, she has established a massively successful career as a designer of livestock handling equipment, one of very few in the world. Half the cattle in the United States are handled in systems designed by Temple, who consults for firms such as Burger King, McDonald’s, Swift, and others. Dr. Grandin presently works as a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling, and Center for Neurodiversity is honored to collaborate with her.