Quotations

Invisible to the Naked Eye

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Animals are like autistic savants…Animals have special talents normal people don’t, the same way autistic people have special talents normal people don’t…Normal people can stare straight at an animal doing something brilliant and have no idea what they’re seeing. Animal genius is invisible to the naked eye.

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In college I did a lot of talking out loud because it helped me organize my thinking. A lot of autistic people talk out loud for the same reason.

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I always find it kind of funny that normal people are always saying autistic children ‘live in their own little world.’ When you work with animals for a while you start to realize you can say the same thing about normal people. There’s a great big, beautiful world out there that a lot of normal folks are just barely taking in. Autistic people and animals are seeing a whole register of the visual world normal people can’t, or don’t.

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Temple Grandin

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