Profile of Temple Grandin
When she was 4-years-old, Grandin was
Hi I'm Christina Hartman and today we're profiling animal behaviorist and autism advocate, Temple Grandin.Temple Grandin was born on August 29, 1947, in Boston, Massachusetts. When she was 4-years-old, Grandin was diagnosed with autism. Doctors recommended she be institutionalized. She wasn't. Instead, Grandin got lots of support from her parents and her teachers.Grandin has said that her teen years were difficult. She felt like she didn't fit in, and other kids teased her. But, she went on to earn a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in animal science. In 1989, she received her doctorate in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Grandin first became interested in animals when she visited her aunt's cattle ranch. Her career in animal behavior has focused on designing humane livestock facilities that help keep animals calm, and help prevent them from getting hurt. Her innovations are used in countries around the world.In 2010, the HBO film, "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes was released. Also in 2010, Time Magazine named Grandin one of the 100 most influential people in the world.Today, Temple Grandin is a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Two of her books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller list. She also lectures across the country, talking about autism and humane livestock handling.Thanks for watching our profile of animal behaviorist and autism advocate, Temple Grandin. For more information, check out About.com.