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Autism expert Temple Grandin on thinking across the spectrum

Dr. Temple Grandin is a college professor, scientist, inventor, activist, best-selling author – and a person with autism. She was only eighteen when she first created the “hug box” machine to help soothe autistic children and has long been a voice for autism awareness. Her work on animal welfare helped change how many people (including one Michael Pollan) thought about factory farm animal agriculture.

She has been named a “hero” in the 2010 Time 100 list of most-influential people in the world, and a mini-series about her life won five Emmy awards. In her newest book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, Grandin incorporates her own experiences with cutting-edge science and innovative theory, and advocates for embracing and educating children anywhere on the “autism spectrum.”