Sunday, March 7, 2010

Temple Grandin

Last night I got out an HBO movie from the library called "Warm Springs" about Franklin Roosevelt's struggle with polio and the attitudes surrounding people with disabilities back in the 1920's.

In researching that movie, I came across reviews of a more recent HBO movie called "Temple Grandin:  Her Real Life Journey".  If people are educated about autism, a name that will immediately come to their mind is that of Temple Grandin, who is arguably one of the most influential people in the field of humane food animal treatment and slaughter - and who has autism.  It may not be an exageration to call Ms. Grandin the "Helen Keller" of the 21st century.

With each step she takes, life holds the chance of change for people such as my brother in law.

What is ability vs. disability, after all?

I knew this movie about Ms. Grandin had been made, but I do not have HBO. I hope that the movie comes out soon in DVD, so I can view it.  I read the reviews on the HBO website, and I want to see it now more than ever.

So...what was going to start as a posting about changing societal issues in the 20's turns out to be a posting about something else entirely.  Fear not, I will post about the Warm Springs movie in the near future.

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