In a previous season of my life, I toyed with the idea of studying, researching, and working with autism and people affected by it. A beloved ballet teacher’s story and babysitting her child sparked my interest in high school. My association of dance with this mysterious diagnosis led me to consider dance therapy as possible occupation. So far, my path has not led there. Along the way, however, my interests led me to read some interesting articles and books on the subject. Among them, was the autobiography of Temple Grandin.
I read Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin while in college. I was fascinated by the author’s story and explanation of her own thought process. Temple left an impression on me to say the least.
Last night, Temple made an impression on the world as her story, the subject of the HBO movie entitled (what else but) Temple Grandin, won 5 Emmy awards. Each time Temple demonstrated her grace, personality, and passion as she stood, waved to the crowd, and ultimately carried herself to the stage with gratitude that could not be held in.
I have not seen the film – the downside of not subscribing to HBO, though I was incredibly excited when I read of plans for it. I plan to see it as soon as it is available. If the stunning Claire Danes portrays Temple’s life half as well as Temple writes to us in her book (and considering her Emmy win, I’m guessing that’s the case), the insight a viewer would gain must make it worth the watching.
Until the movie is available for all, I encourage you read some of Temple Grandin’s own writing; it’s the best way to experience her brilliant, focused life and her contribution to the world and to learn so much about an often misunderstood condition.