WICHITA, Kan. -- Temple Grandin has written nine books and more than 400 articles on animal welfare and human potential. She is a doctor of animal science, a professor at Colorado State University and one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people.
She prefers fresh fruit to juice, loves satiric comedy and does 100 sit-ups every night.
Oh, and she has autism.
"I have a problem with autism being a primary identity," Grandin told a crowd of about 50 children, parents and educators at Heartspring. "I consider myself a college professor first, someone with autism second."