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12 Inspiring Temple Grandin Quotes

ʺAutism is part of who I am.ʺ -Temple Grandin

ʺI had people in my life who didn't give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me.ʺ - Temple Grandin

"I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher." - Temple Grandin

"I strongly recommend that students with autism get involved in special interest clubs in some of the areas they naturally excel at. Being with people who share your interests makes socializing easier."  - Temple Grandin

"We have got to work on keeping these children engaged with the world." - Temple Grandin

"The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things." - Temple Grandin 

"Social thinking skills must be directly taught to children and adults with ASD. Doing so opens doors of social understandings in all areas of life." - Temple Grandin 

"It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum." - Temple Grandin

"My Advice is: You always have to keep persevering." - Temple Grandin

"If I did not have my work, I would not have my life." - Temple Grandin 

Actress Claire Danes portrayed Dr. Grandin in the HBO 2010 biopic, Temple Grandin. Watch the trailer for the film and Claire Dane's Emmy acceptance speech where she talked about playing the famous self-advocate. 

"I don't think I have ever been as inspired by any character that I have played. I was deeply moved by Temple's courage and her resourcefulness.. She is really pioneering in both the world of autism and animal rights. She has encouraged an incredibly positive change in the world." - Claire Danes 

"You are the most brave intrepid person I have ever known, and you have dedicated your life to helping those who are misunderstood and underrepresented." - Claire Danes


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