Thursday, February 11th, 2010
The Autistic Woman who Thinks like a Cow
“The amazing story of Dr. Temple Grandin‘s ability to read the animal mind, which has made her the most famous autistic woman on the planet.” – BBC.
She has high-functioning autism, and began speaking at age 5. Today she’s a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and a well known autism advocate, and inventor of the hug machine.
The documentary also touches on early autism history with a lot of interesting facts, like how parental behavior was originally blamed for the condition instead of biology. The cow connection is discussed in most detail in part 5, single-handedly revolutionizing slaughterhouses to be a bit more humane because of her ability to think like animals.
Watch it quick; no telling when it will be pulled down. It’s broken into 5 parts, click through for the remainder.