Grandin said that eventually, the children who think differently often become the tradespeople that industries need for quality, precision and innovation.
“Going to the moon – who do you think got us there? The Special Ed. Department! Who were the cathedral builders? I’m going to bet they were in the Special Ed. Department, a lot of them in skilled trades, learning on the job,” Grandin said. “The misfits build the stuff – we need ‘em.”
After Grandin’s lecture, families caring for loved ones with autism called in from across the Air Force to ask her advice on specific challenges.
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