Dr. Grandin did not talk until she was three and a half years old. She was fortunate to get early speech therapy. She was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten at the age of five. From her challenges in her youth, she went on to earn her Master's Degree from Arizona State University and her Doctorate from University of Illinois.
Dr. Grandin is a prominent author and international speaker on both autism and animal behavior. She is known as a leading advocate for autistic communities. Today, she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She also has a successful career in consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), the BBC, Larry King Live, 20/20, Sixty Minutes, Fox and Friends, and she has a 2010 TED Talk. Articles about Dr. Grandin have appeared in Time Magazine, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Forbes, and USA Today. In 2010, she was chosen as one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World. HBO made an Emmy Award winning movie about her life and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.
As the number of children diagnosed with autism continue to rise nationally, Grandin is sharing her message about the disorder and "differently-abled brains" with packed houses. At the heart of that message is this: Rigid academic and social expectations could wind up stifling a mind that, while it might struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.