The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

01 September 2011

Queen in Temple

By: PWA David Michael C. Lopez, ASP Laguna Chapter

The HBO Movie Temple Grandin is actually based on a true story of Dr. Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who conquered the limitations forced on her by her condition. Temple was born on August 29, 1947 and did not speak until age four. She suffered problems until high school, particularly in communicating with other people. Her mother was very compassionate just like some of her teachers.

The title role of Temple was played by Claire Danes. She showed such symptoms as attachment to objects, particularly the machine for which she uses when she is alone at her room. In real life, Dr. Grandin is renowned for constructing the revolutionary hug machine, which is used for calming hypersensitive persons. Her invention is familiar today as a way of alleviating stress among persons with autism.
Digital poster for the biopic of Temple Grandin

She became interested in cattle as a teen, while allotting time at her aunt’s ranch. The movie shows her love of animals, which led her to become a specialist in the field of animal husbandry. Her hardships paved the road to college education with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Franklin Pierce University (1970) with an MS in Animal Science from Arizona State University (1975).

Embarking on a new chapter of employment, Temple is currently a professor at Colorado State University. Her compassionate design for the treatment of cattle earned her a deserving award from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in 2004. She is also a bestselling author and mentor to the livestock business on animal behavior.

Temple is also extensively well-known for her work in autism advocacy and is listed in the 2010 Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world in the category “Heroes”. Click here to find out more.

The HBO movie was released in 2010 where it garnered 15 Emmy nominations nominated and earned five awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama for Claire Danes. The movie also co-stars David Strathairn, Catherine O-Hara, and Julia Ormond. Temple was on stage as the award was accepted, and spoke briefly on the microphone to the audience. Coincidentally, the 2010 Emmy Awards happened on Temple’s birthday which took place on August 29.

The movie Temple Grandin will be shown on September 2, 2011 at 10:00 pm on HBO, HBO HD and HBO Signature.


About the author: David Michael Lopez, aka Kitt Lopez, is a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the Lyceum Institute of Technology Makiling, Calamba City. He currently works in ASP Laguna’s Autism Resource Center. He regularly contributes articles to the chapter’s newsletter.


ASP Laguna Chapter President Rizalinda Cansanay contact number 0918-577-7940.


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