The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

December 3, 2019
UW Stevens Point Sentry Insurance Theatre

Temple Grandin is a world-renowned activist for autism and neurodiversity. An author of six books on the subject, her life story was featured in HBO’s 2010 film Temple Grandin. In her talk, Grandin explained the need for different types of cognition and offered a first-person perspective of someone living on the autism spectrum. Grandin shared how she to build a bridge of understanding between humans and animals and between people on and off the autism spectrum. To solve the energy crisis or develop cures for new diseases, Grandin advocates that society begin to appreciate different types of minds: sensory thinkers, pattern thinkers, and abstract thinkers.