Enjoy inspiring and uplifting quotes about autism. From people in the autism community to experts in the field, these quotes have been carefully selected to encourage, empower, and enlighten those living with autism.

  1. “Autism can’t define me, I define autism.” -Dr. Kerry Magro
  2. “Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.” -Adrienne Bailon
  3. “It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.” – -Hans Asperger
  4. “Help people with autism to be included in social activities. By doing this people learn that individuals with autism are like everyone else and desire to have friendships.” -Ron Sandison
  5. “Even for parents of children that are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.” -Violet Stevens
  6. “At the end of the day, we don’t dream our lives…WE LIVE THEM!” – Anthony Ianni
  7. “When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.” -Seth Godin
  8. “I think that it is not only autistic people who need to learn. The people who don’t have autism must learn to understand us and be tolerant” -Paul Morris
  9. “Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy. If you were to get rid of all the autism genetics, there would be no more Silicon Valley.” -Dr. Temple Grandin
  10. “To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members.” -Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
  11. “What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.” – Dr. Temple Grandin
  12. “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.” – Coach Elaine Hall
  13. “If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.” -Dr. Temple Grandin
  14. “And now I know it is perfectly natural for me not to look at someone when I talk. Those of us with Asperger’s are just not comfortable doing it. In fact, I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare at someone’s eyeballs.” -John Elder Robison
  15. “I see people with Asperger’s syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life.” -Tony Attwood
  16. “Autism . . . offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by.” – Dr. Colin Zimbleman, Ph.D.
  17. “The most interesting people you’ll find are ones that don’t fit into your average cardboard box. They’ll make what they need, they’ll make their own boxes.” -Dr. Temple Grandin
  18. “Cherish the children marching to the beat of their own music. They play the most beautiful heart songs.” – Fiona Goldsworthy
  19. “Behavior is communication. Change the environment and behaviors will change.” – Lana David
  20. Autism is part of my child. It’s not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.” -S.L. Coelho
  21. “Showing kindness towards those who are different and embracing our imperfections as proof of our humanness is the remedy for fear.” – Emma Zurcher-Long
  22. “Negative words carry negative vibration. Positive words carry positive vibration. What do you want your child to reflect back to you, the label of disordered or the label of gifted in a new way?” – Suzy Miller
  23. “Autism is about having a pure heart and being very sensitive… It is about finding a way to survive in an overwhelming, confusing world… It is about developing differently, in a different pace and with different leaps.”
  24. “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” – Dr. Stephen Mark Shore
  25. “Autistic people are individuals. We are not all maths geniuses, we don’t all like trains. I am hopeless with technology and much prefer painting. There is no ‘typical Autistic.’ But I think we probably all like being respected and validated.” – Jeanette Purkis
  26. “What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.” – Chuck Grassley
  27. Autism: Where the “randomness of life” collides and clashes with an individual’s need for the sameness.” –Eileen Miller
  28. “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” – Alan Turing
  29. “Life is . . . not about counting the losses and the lost expectations, but rather swimming, with as much grace as can be mustered, in the joy of all of it.” – Leisa Hammett
  30. “Why Fit in when you were born to standout?” -Dr. Seuss
  31. “Presume intelligence with all children with autism. Presume all of them are hearing you.” – Lori Shayew
  32. “Stop thinking about normal . . . You don’t have a big enough imagination for what your child can become.” – Johnny Seitz
  33. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if I were neurotypical because I would have been interested in social things. Having a little autism helped me achieve my goals and not miss what most people thought I was missing out on.” -Evan Delaney Rodgers
  34. “Children with autism are very observant so they will notice everything, including your attitude toward them.” – Trevor Pacelli
  35. “English is my 2nd language. Autism is my first.” – Dani Bowman
  36. “The difference between high-functioning and low-functioning is that high-functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low-functioning means your assets are ignored.” -Laura Tisoncik
  37. “Love every child without condition, listen with an open heart, get to know who they are, what they love, and follow more often than you lead.” – Adele Devine
  38. “I do not suffer from Autism, but I do suffer from the way you treat me.” -Tyler Durdin
  39. “When a family focuses on ability instead of disability, all things are possible . . . Love and acceptance is key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.” – Amanda Rae Ross
  40. “We contain the shapes of trees and the movement of rivers and stars within us.” – Patrick Jasper Lee
  41. “children with autism are angels who lost their way to heaven and fell down on earth.””
  42. “Autism is as much a part of humanity as is the capacity to dream.” -Kathleen Seidel
  43. “My autism is the reason I’m in college and successful. It’s the reason I’m good in math and science. It’s the reason I care,” – Jacob Barnett, sixteen-year old math and physics prodigy
  44. “By holding the highest vision for your child when they can not see it for themselves, you are lifting them up, elevating them and helping them to soar.” – Megan Koufos
  45. “Autism is really more of a difference to be worked with rather than a monolithic enemy that needs to be slain or destroyed.” – Stephen Shore, PhD
  46. “I view ‘autistic’ as a word for a part of how my brain works, not for a narrow set of behaviors and certainly not for a set of boundaries of a stereotype that I have to stay inside.” – Amanda Baggs
  47. “My autism is like the taste of tepid saké, different but interesting.” – Sue Rubin
  48. “Our duty in aut­ism is not to cure but to re­lieve suf­fer­ing and to max­im­ize each per­son’s po­ten­tial.” – John Elder Robison
  49. “Being autistic is not about living in a vacuum, sucking in everything around you, living in an existence shutout from your environment. If anything, the environment becomes more real, more painful, more evident.” – Jocelyn Eastman
  50. “We need to embrace those who are different and the bullies need to be the ones who get off the bus,.” Caren Zucker, co-author of “In a Different Key”
  51. Do not fear people with Autism, embrace them. Do not spite people with Autism, unite them. Do not deny people with Autism, accept them, for then their abilities will shine.” – Paul Isaacs

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