Autism and InnovationMay. 14, 2019, 10:52 AM
Peabody College senior Claire Barnett, left, poses with autism advocate Temple Grandin before Grandin’s appearance at Vanderbilt in November as part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series. A senior majoring in human and organizational development, Barnett, who learned a year ago that she is on the autism spectrum, works as an intern at Vanderbilt’s Frist Center for Autism and Innovation. While at Vanderbilt, Grandin participated in a daylong conference made possible by the Frist Center that explored the future of human–technology partnerships. Barnett, a columnist and photographer for The Vanderbilt Hustler, was a photography intern for the White House in 2017 and a communications intern in the Office of the Vice President last summer.