Developing Talents
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Developing Talents

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Publication Date:
November 1, 2008
Print Length:
185 pages

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Who knows better about developing the talents of those with ASD than Temple Grandin?

Revised 2021 Cover

This updated and expanded edition of Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals With Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism considers the continuing dismal employment statistics for individuals with ASD. The authors take an in-depth look at entrepreneurship. Using real-life examples, they point out that many of the unique characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum lend themselves well to entrepreneurial ventures.

The book explores many unnoticed aspects of vocational rehabilitation programs that provide job training and placement for people with disabilities, as well as Social Security Administration programs that offer vocational assistance. Employment figures and prospects have been updated, and new jobs have been added that are well suited for those on the spectrum.

Foreword by Tony Attwood, PhD.




This is Temple Grandin's most practical and generous work yet. She offers so very much of herself and her real life experiences. Kate Duffy's compassion, empathy and positive attitude pervade the very fiber of this book. The guidelines and suggestions are clear, creative and useful in real-life application. The many specific examples of real people with AS in their careers are invaluable, especially to the AS population. While the book was written for people with AS, it is an essential work for anyone who cares for, teaches, employs or works with someone on the spectrum. It will go to the top of my recommended reading list! --Sue Moreno, founder and president, Maap Services Inc.

This book will be very useful to individuals with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism, and especially valuable to parents and others who aspire to be 'helpers.' Written with clarity and directness, Temple's illustrations from her own youthful experiences are convincing and will inspire hope and impart practical guidance. The book covers all aspects of the search for suitable careers for individuals on the autism spectrum. This is a unique and very important book. --Lorna Jean King, OTR, founder, The Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies

A book with hard-hitting, concrete help for adolescents and young adults preparing for the adult world of work. This book is of equal value to individuals on the autism spectrum, their parents, educators, and career-guidance professionals. No Pollyanna about how easy things are, Temple Grandin humanizes this challenging part of young adults' world by her own stories and sage advice. Of special importance is the emphasis upon developing social and communication skills. Chock-full of practical how-to's and step-by-step instructions for making it through the maze of choosing a career, this book is a must-read, must-do for young adults and their transition partners from all walks of life. --Roger N. Meyer, author, ASPERGER SYNDROME EMPLOYMENT WORKBOOK

About the Author

TEMPLE GRANDIN, Ph.D., is an animal scientist who designs livestock-handling facilities worldwide and is an assistant professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University. A frequent lecturer on autism, she is the author of Emergence: Labeled Autistic, Thinking in Pictures and other publications.
KATE DUFFY has owned her own writing business for 16 years in addition to working as a writing and business instructor.

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