Saturday, April 29, 2006

Autism Fact of the Day

Something to think about. We should all be thankful for the anomaly that is ASD everytime we turn on our computers and log on to the internet.

Aware adults with autism and their parents are often angry about autism. They may ask why nature or God created such horrible conditions as autism, manic depression, and schizophrenia. However, if the genes that caused these conditions were eliminated there might be a terrible price to pay. It is possible that persons with bits of these traits are more creative, or possibly even geniuses… If science eliminated these genes, maybe the whole world would be taken over by accountants."

- Temple Grandin, quoted in 'An Anthropologist on Mars' p.292, by Oliver Sacks

Autism didn't prevent Temple Grandin living a full life, completing a Ph.D in animal science and becoming an accomplished author and researcher. When actor Dustin Hoffman researched his role in the movie "Rain Man," he came to her for advice.

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