Have a question for Temple Grandin? Ask her here!

Temple Grandin is such an inspiration for so many individuals and families with autism. Her willingness to share her story with the public has given a vision of what is possible.

I still remember when I first read Emergence: Labeled Autistic in the 80s. Yep, over 20 years ago! Reading this book gave me hope that the children with autism in my classroom would grow up, lead meaningful lives, contribute to their communities — be successful!

Dr. Grandin has published additional books and given numerous lectures on the topic of autism. Most recently her biography was an HBO movie starring Claire Danes.

We at Easter Seals feel so fortunate that Dr. Grandin has agreed to join us at an event in Fresno, California this Sunday, April 11: Different, But Not Less: Strength-based Strategies Toward an Independent Life is an event that will focus on the strengths of Dr. Grandin and those with autism; strengths that can contribute to an independent life. Who better to tell this story than Dr. Grandin? This remarkable woman championed her strengths into an esteemed career in animal science.

Dr. Grandin has also graciously agreed to address questions at this event. If you would like to pose a question that focuses on strengths or independent life please post your question in the comment section below. The presentation and question-and-answer session will be videotaped. If your question is selected, Dr. Grandin’s answer will be captured on video and posted on YouTube. Stay tuned to this blog to find out where the answers will be posted. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your question to Dr. Grandin!


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  1. Gabi Stark Says:

    Please let me know when Temple will be in Florida and where.
    I would like to learn more about autism because of my granddaughter.

  2. Myrna Neff Says:

    Loved the movie about your experiences in life. Unfortunately I did not realize nor my doctors 40+ years ago that my son has a form of autism–aspergus. Fortunately, he did graduate from college and is living by himself and has had the same job for 18 years now. I think because he was so different, he did experience some bullying as a child at school. Although he was very good in science and history (his Dad was a science teacher), he had great difficulty with spelling and math. Also, a gal asked if she could do something with Daran when he was 14 and found that if she touched him, he could not tell where she touched him. We were never told what to do about this and at 41, is there any help for him? He does live by himself and never did figure out why when we moved him in to his house that he did not want to use the cupboards to put his dishes in–instead just chose to keep them on a shelf in a box. That certainly was not how we lived at home.
    Evidently at work, they seem to accept him and things seem to be going along okay for him. He builds and repairs computers and is very smart, but when asked to move up to selling computers, because of lacking the social skills with people, chose to remain at his present job. Not knowing any thing about this disease, we encouraged him to go to college and then had to insist that he needed to look for a job or flip hamburgers if he didn’t find a job by his birthday in January. Realizing now how difficult this was for him, I would hate to ever see him lose his job as I’m sure that it would be very difficult for him to find another one without some help. Do you think there is any help or is it better that we just don’t say any thing to him at his age?
    Thank you for your time and let us know if there is any help for him with this limited amount of information I’ve given.
    His Mom

  3. Karen Kimball Says:

    Dear Ms. Grandin,
    You are truly an inspiration to all individuals who have overcome challenges in their lives! Instead of avoiding challenges, you seem to have embraced them and directly addressed them. Can you please share some resources that you found beneficial with regards to navigating the social arena?
    Thank you,
    Karen Kimball, MS, BCBA

  4. Jen Wilkens Says:

    Everyone has days that are harder than others, and everyone has their own strategies to help get through tougher days. I enjoy running and listening to some good music. What types of activities or coping strategies do you enjoy to help continue a positive day for yourself?

    Thank you so much for your time!

  5. Dennis Says:

    I have a question. When you were a teenager, did your mother ever leave you at home by yourself? If so, do you think this helped make you stronger as an adult? If not, do you think having a mother hovering over you could have kept you from learning to be independent and strong?