Guest Post From Nonni
Last week my daughter-in-law Kim and a friend of Kim’s saw Dr. Temple Grandin at the CDC Center at Emory. It was an evening that I can with honesty say impacted the audience and me on many more levels than expected.
Dr. Grandin spoke with integrity, insight and to my surprise much humor.
What did I truly garner from the evening?
That the world of a person afflicted with Autism is not filled with just complication and turmoil. There is awareness, and the ability to analyze, and then adjustment to situations. These may not occur as rapidly as the neuro-typical world responses but they occur!
That a support system around them, helps to teach the person on the spectrum that there is an arena for possibility, independence on different levels, and the chance to develop good relationships with people.
That the medical and educational communities are making strides with the understanding and needs of Autistic individuals everyday.
That there were many great contributors to our society who were Autistic. These contributions changed the course of civilization, and the consequences of those changes were for the greater good.
However, Dr. Grandin herself was the best lesson of the night. She was intelligent, humorous, curious and very Autistic. She was enthralling!
I offer my gratitude to the CDC for giving this evening to the community and to the sponsors who paid to make this possible. My love to my daughter-in-law for being kind enough to ask me to go to the lecture with them. Now I have so much more hope.