Temple Grandin may be the most famous person diagnosed with autism. Grandin has written many books about her experiences and offers reliable advice for others. You can find most of these books at our library. You can also find a movie about her life titled Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. The movie won numerous awards when it came out in 2010.
Grandin was closely involved throughout the production of the movie and was pleased with the finished product. As a mother of a child with autism, I found the acting convincing. I could relate to many of the experiences of Grandin and her mother. Can you imagine not being able to hug your child or how hard life would be if you were scared of automatic doors? Even those who don’t know much about autism will enjoy this movie for the dramatic emotional experience and the eventual success Grandin finds after so many battles. This movie will give those unexperienced with autism an authentic portrayal of the daily obstacles faced by those with autism. I highly recommend it.
Some additional notes of interest:
Most people probably know Temple Grandin for her excellent work as an advocate for people with autism. I am thankful for her advocacy and awareness work; however, before Grandin illuminated the lives of people with autism, she revolutionized the cattle industry. As is often the case for people with autism, Grandin had the ability to carefully observe and visually process the world around her, which led to her innovations. Grandin not only faced challenges working in the cattle industry because she had autism, but also because she was a woman.
There are a few very poignant moments in the movie for me. Most involve the difficult decisions Grandin’s mother has to make to help Grandin. (Grandin’s mother was herself a brilliant woman.) Another moment is when Grandin’s boss put some deodorant on her desk and tells her to use it. Hygiene is often a struggle for people with autism. I think this scene is a great example for all employers. There is no need to be wary of hiring people with autism. If they need a few pointers or explanations of social rules, so be it, then move on and let them be keep doing their job. No need to shy away from helping them or from hiring them. We can all adapt a little bit to make room for everyone.
--Amanda, Part-time Library Assistant