Why Temple Grandin is Not My Hero

In the Loop About Neurodiversity

Image description: Temple Grandin sits next to a quote in her book, Thinking in Pictures p. 122 that states, “In an ideal world the scientist should find a method to prevent the most severe forms of autism but allow the milder forms to survive.” This quote is incredibly ableist as it advocates for eugenics and uses outdated functioning labels that stigmatize autistic people. This is only one of her many problematic quotes, and just one reason why I don’t look up to her.

When I disclose being autistic, a common (and dreaded) question I receive is, “Have you heard of Temple Grandin?” For those of you who do not know Temple Grandin, she is an American animal science professor and public speaker and author, and is widely considered to be the “face” of autism. When many people think of autism or autistic people, they first think of her, which is…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is nathan@autismcandles.com. Feel free to contact me. https://www.autismcandles.com


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