Jason interviewed Temple Grandin. Find his story below:of the Portland Tribune
As arguably the most famous and accomplished person with autism, Temple Grandin certainly doesn’t have trouble emphasizing one of her points of discussion — and it’s a great one, according to a Portland Tribune report, Autism pioneer works to unlock the labels.
“We got these kids who are called quirky and different, and we need these kinds of minds,” she says, sharing some of her thoughts with the Portland Tribune during her Portland visit for the “Voices” lecture series. “People are just being labeled handicapped.”
Grandin’s 2006 book, “Thinking in Pictures: My Life With Autism,” kind of says it all. The woman didn’t talk for three years, saw snakes in an office before going on medications and generally fought the uphill battle of being labeled someone who always saw things differently. Even after her many accomplishments, including becoming a Colorado State University professor of animal science and leading figure in autistic rights and livestock industry, she saw things differently, and she encourages people to allow individuals to see things differently.
“There are visual minds, numbers minds, word minds,” she reiterates. “We need these kinds of different minds. On the other hand, I can’t be totally anti-drug, because they saved me.”
Indeed, Grandin says antidepressant drugs are necessary to treat autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, dyslexia and other forms of behavior — along with physical activity and healthy eating, saying, “get exercise and don’t eat Pop-Tarts for breakfast.”