Throughout the pages of this book you will get to know Temple Grandin like you’ve never seen her before. Temple shares stories about herself that she’s never told anyone until now.
She’s a human dynamo, and a tough act to follow. Does she focus on the fact that she has autism? Hardly! She has truly broken all the barriers on that aspect, and getting to know her should inspire everyone on the autism spectrum not to focus on their autism, but instead to focus on setting new goals for themselves, and following their true passions and dreams.
By the time you’re finishing up the last page, you will feel like Temple is your friend, too. As you learn about Temple as a person, you’ll be shocked, surprised, delighted, and inspired. Her many facets reach far beyond what anyone has ever seen. Readers will find out her deepest thoughts, what makes her cry, her happiest memories, and her biggest dreams. Everything in this book is in her own words; from her childhood Christmas memories, to the most thrilling thing she’s ever done.
This book goes far beyond getting to know just how remarkable Temple Grandin is. It serves to show the world how truly human an individual with autism can be. This book will break down barriers for individuals with autism, as it shows the depth of her emotions and passions that lie beneath the surface. Temple’s wish is that it inspires everyone with autism to get out there and just do stuff! She wants everyone to enjoy life and be successful, in whatever they choose.
Come along on this adventure and get to know your new friend, Temple Grandin!
About the Authors:
Temple Grandin is an international lecturer on autism, a best-selling and award-winning author, an autism activist, a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and an engineer. She also created the "hug box," a device designed to calm those on the autism spectrum. The subject of an award-winning, 2010 biographical film, Temple Grandin was also listed in the TIME 100 List of the one hundred most influential people in the world. Dr. Grandin is one of the most respected individuals with high-functioning autism in the world. She presents at conferences nationwide, helping thousands of parents and professionals understand how to help individuals with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). She is the author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, The Autistic Brain, and The Loving Push. One of the most celebrated -- and effective -- animal advocates on the planet, Dr. Grandin revolutionized animal movement systems and spearheaded reform of the quality of life for the world's agricultural animals. She earned her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois, and is a professor at Colorado State University. She lives in Colorado.
Anita Lesko is an internationally recognized autism advocate and member of Autism Society of America's Panel of Autistic Advisors. She graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a master of science degree in Nurse Anesthesia in 1988. She is a contributing author for numerous publications including the Autism Asperger's Digest and The Mighty and she is a blogger for the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards. Anita's first book, Asperger's Syndrome: When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade, a memoir, was written after she was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of fifty. She co-authored her second book, Been There. Done That. Try This! The Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth, with Dr. Tony Attwood and Craig Evans. Her husband, Abraham, also has autism. They opened their wedding to the public to show that individuals with autism have a need for love, relationships, and marriage just like everyone else. The event attracted international media attention, including People and Good Morning America. Anita is honored to have been a speaker at the United Nations Headquarters for World Autism Awareness Day 2017. She lives in Florida.