The world needs all kinds of minds

Temple Grandin is an American autistic woman who, through her work as a consultant for the meat industry, has made significant improvements to conditions for animals at abattoirs. According to PETA,”Dr. Grandin’s improvements to animal-handling systems found in slaughterhouses have decreased the amount of fear and pain that animals experience in their final hours, and she is widely considered the world’s leading expert on the welfare of cattle and pigs.”

Temple Grandin attributes her success with animals to her autism. She says she thinks in pictures rather than language and animals don’t understand language. She also focusses on details and notices things that others do not see.

The world needs autistic people. It’s not a disease or something to be ashamed of or embarrassed by and it’s certainly not insulting to be called autistic. In my view – and I’m the mother of an autistic child – it’s not all that different to being told you’re good at maths or music.