Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Grandin Clarifies Fair Use of Autism Label

BROCKPORT, N.Y. -- "In 1950, I was labeled autistic and had to grope my way from the far side of darkness," Temple Grandin wrote in Emergence: Labeled Autistic, the summer reading book for College at Brockport freshmen this year.
During a lecture Thursday, Sept. 29 in the Tuttle North gym, Grandin discussed the appropriate and inappropriate uses of the autism label. She also explained how people on the autism spectrum think differently than people without autism.
"If you have a kid (with autism) then you need services, and you need the label," Grandin said. "If [a person with autism] works in Silicon Valley, [he or she does not] want that label."

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