Temple Grandin

Last evening I watched the HBO film, “Temple Grandin” and recommend it most highly.  The film, starring Claire Danes, in the title role, is the story of Temple Grandin, a woman with autism, who through the support and push of her mother (played by Julia Ormond) and family achieves mightily in a time, the 1960’s and early 1970’s, when autism was misunderstood and treated by institutionalization.

The film does an accurate portrayal of the view of the world from the perspective of Temple Grandin and how she sees and understands with pictures and images. 

Empowering, is her persistence and creativity in finding and going through “doors” (a key metaphor and image in the film) and at the conclusion of the film being a mentor and offering hope for persons with autism and their families.

Temple Grandin’s work with cattle and creating humane systems for the cattle industry is given a fascinating portrayal.

Temple Grandin currently is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and has been a guest on the NPR program, “Fresh Air.”


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