Temple Grandin is a professor of animal science at the University of Colorado and is one of the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. She is known worldwide for her work on the design of livestock handling facilities. In North America half the cattle are handled in systems she has designed. She is the author of numerous books on autism such as the US bestseller Animals in Translation
Temple Grandin is a true academic star with an amazing list of achievements and inventions to her credit. Dr. Grandin did not speak until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping and humming.
In 1950, she was labeled "autistic," and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. Even though she was considered "weird" in her young school years, she eventually found a mentor, who recognized her interests and abilities, which she later expanded into becoming a successful livestock handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. Dr. Grandin has become a prominent author and speaker on the subject of autism and presently works as an Associate Professor at Colorado State University but also speaks around the world on both autism and cattle handling.