Dr. Grandin has autism and was, in her own words, "the quirky, nerdy kid who everybody thought was weird." She has found that having autism allows her to think differently from most people, and she believes that she "thinks like a cow." She can see why cattle react to situations with fear or defensive behavior. Her designs have helped ranchers worldwide care for cattle in a safer, less stressful way. She has revolutionized animal handling in feedyards and slaughter plants. In short, she is awesome! Check out this short clip in which she talks about animal welfare and autism.
Dr. Grandin designed an audit for cattle handling that McDonald's and others use to rank feedyards and slaughter plants. She is doing things every day to help ranchers show the public what we do and how we do it.
She has information all over the web, if you want to google her, but her personal websites are:
- About her work with livestock: http://www.grandin.com
- About her autism: http://www.templegrandin.com
- The HBO movie about her life: http://www.hbo.com/movies/temple-grandin/index.html