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Unformatted text preview: Jared Restivo October 30, 2007 LST: The Culture of Heroism Autism as a Supernatural Aid Many have heard the popular adage, one mans trash is another mans treasure . Autism is one of those types of situations . Some might observe an autistic person as the trash, in that they have special needs, which means they cannot accomplish anything of valor . However, in Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin, autism proves to be a treasure and Grandin uses this treasure to further her career, making cultural strides that few could dream . Temple Grandin is a hero, and autism is her supernatural aid. Autism is a brain development disorder characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior . Those affected show signs of the disorder by the age of three and the affected rarely live a normal life . From a stereotypical point of view, an autistic person is not a culturally significant person . However, Temple Grandin was not one to give in to weakness. She was a brilliant mind, and a disorder did not stop Temple Grandin from accomplishing great feats . According to the Heros Journey by Joseph Campbell, a hero must accpet a call to adventure, consciously or unconsciously . In a sense, the fact that Grandin never used autism as an excuse was accepting her heros journey . Instead of being pampered her whole life, she accepted the challenge and entered into the heros journey . The monomyth might appear to be a story exclusively from the times of mythology, but it pertains to Temple Grandin ....
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