Temple Grandin has always been different. As a child, she rarely smiled, laughed, or hugged her parents. She hated wearing new clothes because the fabric felt so scratchy on her skin, it hurt her. Her own father wanted to put her away in a mental institution. Her mother didn’t know what to do with her. When Temple was finally diagnosed with autism, not a lot was known about the condition. Nobody thought Temple would amount to anything. Temple proved them wrong.
Temple Grandin’s love of farm animals inspired her to use her brilliant mind to create new designs and equipment to help animals used for food so they are less frightened and feel less pain. Her designs are now used all around the world, and big companies like McDonalds ask Temple for advice on the most humane farms to purchase their meat. The little girl who was once petrified of talking to people is now a strong woman who speaks in front of audiences of thousands about her passion. She is still different, but in her case as in many, different is a good thing. Temple Grandin says if she had a choice, she would not get rid of her autism. It has helped make her who she is today and has helped her accomplish all the wonderful things she’s accomplished.
Maybe you know someone who is a little bit different or has autism. Just remember that our differences make us unique and special, and that someone with a unique mind might create something amazing someday.