I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to keynote on the same stage with Dr. Temple Grandin in the past about my life growing up on the autism spectrum from a nonverbal child to professional speaker today.
Some time ago I watched a wonderful video featuring Dr. Grandin that I wanted to spotlight. Grandin who has autism and is one of the leading autism advocates in the country in a FOX 5 interview, discussed the importance of stretching our children with autism just slightly out of their comfort zone to help them progress.
Grandin who has written several books and speaks around the country rose to fame after the release of her 2010 HBO film ‘Temple Grandin.’
Grandin told FOX 5 “You have to expose kids to interesting things. Find those interesting things that they one day can turn into careers.”
What a great message! This is a message that I believe we need to use as our mantra in the autism community. Still too many times I see a focus on the deficit model where we focus 99.9% of the time on what kids weaknesses are and not enough time on finding their talents and strengths. I applaud people such as Temple Grandin for advocating for our community.
Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education.
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