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May 29 , 2008

Dating Temple Grandin Living with Autism


Trevor explains what dating Temple Grandin would be like. He explains how people are not exactly alike with one another just because they are autistic. Trevor often has people tell him he should date autistic people because they would be like him. Trevor feels attacked by these people who have developed a perception of what autism is based off of Temple's life. Trevor is more social in likes it.

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Temple does not like to be around a lot of people. Temple Grandin avoids social interactions because they make her uncomfortable while Trevor seeks out social interactions because he likes to be around people. Trevor is full of energy and would love to be the life of a party but he does not know how to and he has a hard time overcoming these social limitations. Trevor knows that services are designed to help someone like Temple Grandin and not necessarily someone at his functioning level and this irritates him.

In this book Trevor explains why he and Temple Grandin would not be compatible at all making dating a very difficult and challenging task. Trevor hopes by sharing his story others in the autism community will understand the struggle of being high-functioning . Trevor is unique and wants to help others who are like him and hopes his story inspires the insurance industry to change what services they will and will not provide.

Here is an excerpt from "Dating Temple Grandin Life with Autism."

"What is not medically necessary for someone could indeed be medically necessary for someone else and that is something that the government needs to understand and more importantly it is something that insurance companies need to understand and comprehend.

We have an insurance industry that thinks it is okay to not provide social skills treatments and only offer people mental health services that are not related to the disorder that they have. It is so hard for people like myself to be able to get help with autism because of the success of Temple Grandin and I want other people to understand that."

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