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Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds (From TED conference)

In honor of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, 2010 I have posted Temple Grandin’s speech from the 2010 TED conference. TED (stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that often hosts conferences promoting “ideas worth spreading” and is attended by industry leaders and thinkers. Temple, diagnosed with autism as a child, is a well-known author and speaker concerning autism related advocacy. Temple has a doctorate in Animal Science and has designed several devices intended to improve animal welfare for livestock. I will simply let Temple’s speech do the talking here. Give it a listen if you have the chance.



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  1. Autism is one of the most difficult things to diagnose because it spans such a broad spectrum and often comes with other issues. Because of this, it is also often overlooked and diagnosed as something else. However, this video does a great job of showing that people with autism or Aspergers can achieve great things. I think it most important that we as a society do not toss aside people because they are "different" or don't have social skills. Some of the greatest minds–and greatest inventions–came from people with poor social skills or Autism.

    It is important that people become more aware of autism and the fact that it does not have to inhibit achieving great things. It doesn't have to be a death sentence.

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