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Different ...not less : inspiring stories of achievement and successful employment from adults with autism, Asperger's, and ADHD
Grandin, Temple.
Publication Information:
Arlington, TX : Future Horizons Inc., [2012]

Physical Description:
viii, 407 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 23 cm
Fourteen individuals with autism, Asperger's syndrome, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder share the challenges they experienced growing up, their lives, relationships, and eventual careers.
Foreword / Dr Tony Attwood -- Introduction / Dr Temple Grandin -- Charli Devnet : tour guide and lover of history -- Stephen Shore : special-education professor and autism advocate -- Anna Magdalena Christianson : psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner -- Karla Fisher : senior program manager for Intel and successful "techie" -- Moppy Hamilton : mother of two and retail employee -- Steve Selpal: freelance artist who found success through art -- Anita Lesko : nurse anesthetist and aviation writer -- Wendy Lawson : psychologist -- Neil McRae : veterinary surgeon in Scotland -- Kim Davies : successful physician -- Robert Cooper : owner of a computer server design and support firm -- Leonora Gregory-Collura : autism outreach consultant and dancer/choreographer -- Sean Jackson: successful real-estate executive -- Stewart Forge : partner and creative director of an advertising agency -- Temple's epilogue -- A note from Temple about the DSM.
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RC553.A88 G72 2012 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Temple Grandin offers the world yet another great work, an inspiring and informative book that offers both hope and encouragement.

In these pages, Temple presents the personal success stories of fourteen unique individuals that illustrate the extraordinary potential of those on the autism spectrum.

One of Temple's primary missions is to help people with autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and ADHD tap into their hidden abilities. Temple chose these contributors from a wide variety of different skill sets to show how it can be done. Each individual tells their own story in their own words about their lives, relationships, and eventual careers. The contributors also share how they dealt with issues they confronted while growing up, such as bullying, making eye contact, and honing social skills.

Different...Not Less shows how, with work, each of the contributors:

Found invaluable mentors Learned skills necessary for employment when young Became successfully employed Developed self-confidence Faced the challenges of forming and maintaining relationships

(and sometimes) Raised families

Author Notes

Temple Grandin was born August 29, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a bestselling author, doctor and professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, and leader of both the animal welfare and autism advocacy movements. Grandin was diagnosed with autism in 1950. She was immediately placed in a structured nursery, had speech therapy, and had a nanny spend hours playing turn-based games with her. At the age of four, she began talking and her progress continued.

In 1970, Grandin received her bachelor's degree in psychology from Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, New Hampshire. She received her master's degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975, and in 1989, she received a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Grandin, being a high-functioning autistic, is widely-known for her work in autism advocacy. She has been featured on major televisions programs such as the Today Show and ABC's Primetime Live. She has also been featured in Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, and the New York Times. Grandin was the subject of the Horizon documentary "The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow" and was described by Oliver Sacks in the title of his narrative book: An Anthropologist on Mars.

Grandin's bestselling book: Thinking in Pictures is scheduled to be released as an HBO film in 2009. Grandin's Animals in Translation and Animals Make Us Human have also been bestsellers. Grandin lives in Colorado, but has speaking engagements on autism and cattle handling around the world.



The people in this book have had their difficulties--especially in the area of relationships. For some of these individuals, this arena has been more difficult than employment. One of the reasons why they sought out a diagnosis was their difficulty with relationships. For most individuals on the spectrum, the road to successful employment started with teenage jobs, such as paper routes. Having a paper route taught the basic work skills of being on time and having to do it every day. Today, the paper routes are mostly gone, but a good modern substitute for a young Aspie is dog walking. Like a paper route, it has to be done every day. Other good jobs for teenagers on the spectrum would be fixing computers, making PowerPoint presentations, maintaining and updating Web sites, working in a farmer's market, writing for the church or community newsletter, selling art, or helping an elderly neighbor. When I was a teenager, I did hand-sewing for a seamstress, cleaned horse stalls, built carpentry projects, and painted signs. The crucial skill that has to be learned is how to do work that is assigned by other people. In my design work, I often had to modify my designs to either fit the building site or satisfy some whim of the client. There are some people on the spectrum who can get hired easily by showing a portfolio of artwork or programming code. However, they cannot keep a job because they do not get assigned work done. They are either rigid and inflexible in modifying a project to satisfy the boss, or they refuse to do work that is outside their area of interest. When kids do jobs in middle and high school, it teaches them valuable work skills, such as flexibility and doing assigned tasks. If a teenager is creating a Web page for a real-estate office, he will learn that he cannot decorate it with science-fiction characters. When I made signs as a teenager, I did not paint horses on a sign for a beauty shop. I had to learn how to do work that other people wanted. Recently, I had a lady walk up to me in the airport and say, "Your book, Thinking in Picture s, saved my marriage. Now I understand my engineer husband, and we are able to work things out." Each contributor in this book has a unique story, and my intent is that their stories will provide hope and insight to individuals on the spectrum, as well as parents, teachers, and professionals. People on the autism spectrum always keep learning. It is never too late to learn new skills, improve relationships, or learn better work skills. To grow, a person on the spectrum has to "stretch." Stretching is a good analogy, because sudden surprises cause fear. Even individuals my age can learn new skills. When I was writing this introduction, I talked to a family member of a woman in her 60s who has autism. Within the past year, she discovered that the way she dressed herself improved her life, and now she enjoys nicer clothes. The mind of the person with autism can always keep learning. It is never too late to change. A person on the spectrum needs an employer, spouse, or friend who will calmly coach him when he makes social mistakes. He has to be instructed on how to behave, like a character in a play. In my own life, I have gained great insight from reading the writings of other individuals on the spectrum. - Dr Temple Grandin Excerpted from Different, Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger's, and ADHD by Temple Grandin All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Dr Tony AttwoodDr Temple Grandin
Publisher's Notep. 1
Forewordp. 3
Introductionp. 5
Chapter 1 Charli Devnet: Tour Guide and Lover of Historyp. 13
Chapter 2 Stephen Shore: Special-Education Professor and Autism Advocatep. 43
Chapter 3 Anna Magdalena Christianson: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitionerp. 73
Chapter 4 Karla Fisher: Senior Program Manager for Intel and Successful "Techie"p. 99
Chapter 5 Moppy Hamilton: Mother of Two and Retail Employeep. 141
Chapter 6 Steve Selpal: Freelance Artist Who Found Success through Artp. 159
Chapter 7 Anita Lesko: Nurse Anesthetist and Aviation Writerp. 183
Chapter 8 Wendy Lawson: Psychologistp. 209
Chapter 9 Neil McRae: Veterinary Surgeon in Scotlandp. 231
Chapter 10 Kim Davies: Successful Physicianp. 249
Chapter 11 Robert Cooper: Owner of a Computer Server Design and Support Firmp. 269
Chapter 12 Leonora Gregory-Collura: Autism Outreach Consultant and Dancer/Choreographerp. 293
Chapter 13 Sean Jackson: Successful Real-Estate Executivep. 321
Chapter 14 Stewart Forge: Partner and Creative Director of an Advertising Agencyp. 357
Temple's Epiloguep. 379
A Note from Temple about the DSMp. 391
Further Readingp. 393
Indexp. 397
About the Authorp. 407