In a strange twist, I was glancing through my Amazon Prime Instant Video list and realized that somehow I had missed seeing the movie Temple Grandin (starring Claire Danes). If you, like me, haven't seen it, it's definitely worth a watch. Diagnosed autistic at age four, Temple Grandin is an incredibly interesting woman. She holds a PhD in animal science, she's an inventor interested in the humane treatment of animals who has designed animal handling devices and livestock handling facilities around the world. She is also a professor, a speaker in demand throughout the world and a bestselling author of numerous books, most notably on the topic of autism. In 2010 Time Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Here's the trailer for the movie:
And here's a TED talk she gave in 2010: