99+ Best Autism Quotes That Instantly Inspire You

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a complex neurobehavioral condition. Famous quotes about autism will make you rethink, and empower you to overcome obstacles on the spectrum.

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Autism Quotes

Kids have to be exposed to different things in order to develop. A child’s not going to find out he likes to play a musical instrument if you never exposed him to it… – Temple Grandin

Nobel prize-calibre geniuses often have certain core autistic features at their heart. – Allan Snyder

It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential. – Hans Asperger

If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. – Dr. Stephen Mark Shore

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

I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare into someone’s eyeballs. – John Elder Robison

Our experiences are all unique. Regardless, I do believe that it is important to find the beautiful. Recognize that there is bad, there is ugly, there is disrespect, there is ignorance and there are meltdowns. Those things are inevitable. But there is also good. – Erin McKinney

Patience. Patience. Patience. Work to view my autism as a different ability rather than a disability. Look past what you may see as limitations and see the gifts autism has given me. It may be true that I’m not good at eye contact or conversation, but have you noticed that I don’t lie, cheat at games, tattle on my classmates or pass judgment on other people? Also, true that I probably won’t be the next Michael Jordan. But with my attention to fine detail and capacity for extraordinary focus, I might be the next Einstein. Or Mozart. Or Van Gogh. – Ellen Notbohm

You are not in the mountains; the mountains are in you. – John Muir

Autism can’t define me. I define autism. – Kerry Magro

Years before doctors informed me of my high-functioning autism and the disconnect it causes between person and language, I had to figure out the world as best I could. I was a misfit. The world was made up of words. But I thought and felt and sometimes dreamed in a private language of numbers. – Daniel Tammett

I look at autism like a bus accident, and you don’t become cured from a bus accident, but you can recover. – Jenny McCarthy

Wanting to be free. Wanting to be me. Trying to make people see. And accept the real me. – Scott Lentine

Everyone has a mountain to climb and autism has not been my mountain, it has been my opportunity for victory. – Rachel Barcellona

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

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.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Seuss

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

There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child CAN DO instead of what he cannot do. – Dr. Temple Grandin

I like dogs. You always know what a dog is thinking. It has four moods. Happy, sad, cross, and concentrating. Also, dogs are faithful, and they do not tell lies because they cannot talk. – Christopher

Children with autism are colorful – they are often very beautiful, and, like the rainbow, they stand out. – Adele Devine

Why should I cry for not being an apple, when I was born an orange, I’d be crying for an illusion, I may as well cry for not being a horse. – Donna Williams

I don’t need sleep, I need answers. I need to determine where, in this swamp of unbalanced formulas, squatteth the toad of truth. – Sheldon, The Big Bang Theory

For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. In order to do so, the ability to make and keep friends is a must. Amongst those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society needs to create for them. – Bill Wong, Autistic Occupational Therapist

Our wounds and hurts and fears are in our eyes. Humans think they build ‘walls’ for internal privacy. They think eye contact is about honesty, but they mostly lie because they think they can hide their intent. Eye contact is invasive. – Carol Ann Edscorn

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

We cry, we scream, we hit out and break things. But still, we don’t want you to give up on us. Please, keep battling alongside us. – Naoki Higashida

My brain is like Google Images. – Dr. Temple Grandin

There tends to be a lot of autism around the tech centers… when you concentrate the geeks, you’re concentrating the autism genetics. – Temple Grandin

By including children with different learning abilities in mainstream and specialized schools, we can change attitudes and promote respect. By creating suitable jobs for adults with autism, we integrate them into society. – Ban Ki-moon

Autism does exist on a spectrum, and there are so many manifestations of it, so many kinds of expressions of it. And every case is particular. – Claire Danes

I might hit developmental and societal milestones in a different order than my peers, but I am able to accomplish these small victories on my own time. – Haley Moss

I also have Asperger’s, but I can manage it. It wasn’t diagnosed until the early Eighties when my wife persuaded me to see a doctor. One of my symptoms included my obsession with ghosts and law enforcement — I carry around a police badge with me, for example. I became obsessed by Hans Holzer, the greatest ghost hunter ever. That’s when the idea of my film Ghostbusters was born. – Dan Aykroyd

If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn. – O. Ivar Lovaas

Cure for obsession: Get another one. – Mason Cooley

When a family focuses on ability instead of the 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

On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger’s. Like me, they’re smart. And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone. – Jodi Picoult

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. – Temple Grandin

As a mom, you worry about protecting your kid. But there are extra added layers of fears when you’re talking about a kid with autism or who has some special needs issue. – Holly Robinson Peete

Autism is part of my child, it’s not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis. – S.L. Coelho

Kids need to be encouraged to stretch their shine! – Amanda Friedman

Often autism is portrayed in the media as a very negative condition, as something that prevents somebody from communicating or from socializing or from being able to have any kind of normal, happy life. – Daniel Tammet

I decided to study special education and fell in love with working with individuals with autism. That’s what I planned to do with my life. – Clay Aiken

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. – Ban Ki-Moon

I always find it kind of funny that normal people are always saying autistic children ‘live in their own little world.’ When you work with animals for a while you start to realize you can say the same thing about normal people. There’s a great big, beautiful world out there that a lot of normal folks are just barely taking in. Autistic people and animals are seeing a whole register of the visual world normal people can’t, or don’t. – Dr. Temple Grandin

I am different. Not less. – Dr. Temple Grandin

What is important is to treat everyone like an individual and learning not to generalize autism. With autism, people make assumptions, but it’s very broad, and everyone’s so different. You have to treat each person as an individual. – Nikki Reed

When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate. – Seth Godin

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of that village. – Elaine Hall

I’ve learned that every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, and by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness. For us, you see, having autism is normal—so we can’t know for sure what your ‘normal’ is even like. But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I’m not sure how much it matters whether we’re normal or autistic. – Naoki Higashida

One in 150 kids is autistic these days. The autism spectrum is growing. – Luke Ford

My autism is a very mild form. It was diagnosed at the age of 25, partly because it wasn’t diagnosable as a teenager (this is Asperger’s syndrome, specifically). But there were certainly traits within that condition, within the autism spectrum in general, especially at the high functioning end, that I think are best looked at as pluses. – Daniel Tammet

Hope is the greatest thing for moms of autism. Hope is what gets us out of bed in the morning. I’m on a mission to tell parents that there is a way. – Jenny McCarthy

There’s a saying within the Asperger community: if you’ve met one person with Asperger’s syndrome, you’ve met one person with Asperger’s syndrome … Within this condition, beneath this label, the variety of personality, of humor, of behavior, is infinite. – Hugh Dancy

Don’t think that there’s a different, better child ‘hiding’ behind the autism. This is your child. Love the child in front of you. Encourage his strengths, celebrate his quirks, and improve his weaknesses, the way you would with any child. – Claire Scovell LaZebnik

I wished to God the doctor had handed me a pamphlet that said, ‘Hey, sorry about the autism, but here’s a step-by-step list on what to do next.’ But doctors don’t do that. They say ‘sorry’ and move you along. – Jenny McCarthy

A friend of mine works for Autism Speaks. It’s an amazing cause that is making a real difference in the lives of so many people. – Adrienne Bailon

Children with autism develop all kinds of enthusiasms…perhaps focusing on one topic gives the child a sense of control, of predictability and security in a world that can be unpredictable and feel scary. – Barry M. Prizant

Sometimes people say that kids with autism aren’t capable of love. That’s ridiculous. My son loves deeply. He just doesn’t communicate well. – Claire Scovell LaZebnik

As a parent with a child with autism, it’s been really tough to experience your child having autism. – Deron Williams

Although people with autism look like other people physically, we are in fact very different…We are more like travelers from the distant, distant past. And if, by our being here, we could help the people of the world remember what truly matters for the Earth, that might give us quiet pleasure. – Naoki Higashida

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

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. – Frank Zappa

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

Not everyone is perfect. There is always an imperfect side to everyone. – Finn Christie, Age 10, on making Perfect Babies

Stop thinking about normal…You don’t have a big enough imagination for what your child can become. – Johnny Seitz

English is my 2nd language. Autism is my first. – Dani Bowman

Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention to an emotional level as well as an intellectual level. – Jace King

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

By holding the highest vision for your child when they cannot see it for themselves, you are lifting them up, elevating them and helping them to soar. – Megan Koufos

Within every living child exists the most precious bud of self-identity. To search this out and foster it with loving care; that is the essence of educating an autistic child. – Dr. Kiyo Kitahara

Your child with autism has unlimited potential, just like everyone else. – Dr. Temple Grandin

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

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

My autism is like the taste of tepid saké, different but interesting. – Sue Rubin

Our duty in aut­ism is not to cure but to re­lieve suf­fer­ing and to max­im­ize each per­son’s po­ten­tial. – John Elder Robison

Autism is not the end of the world, just the beginning of a new one. – Sally Meyer

Autism is an extremely variable disorder. – Temple Grandin

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

One of the hardest things for a person with autism to do is believe in themselves. But autistics have every right to be as proud as anyone. – Stuart Duncan

If you can’t see the gift in having a child with autism, you’re focusing too much on the autism and not enough on the child. – Stuart Duncan

Autism? offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by. – Dr. Colin Zimbleman

Autism is not a choice. Acceptance is. Imagine if the opposite was true. – Stuart Duncan

Autism is not a disability, it’s a different ability. – Stuart Duncan

I do not suffer from Autism, but I do suffer from the way you treat me. – Tyler Durdin

One thing I’m learning about Autism, is that there is no right or wrong way of living with it. – Danielle Burnett

I hear things more loudly, I see things more clearly, I smell things more strongly, I feel things you don’t, I taste things differently, I have autism. – unknown

Autism, like a rainbow, has a bright side and a dark side and even though it can mean rough weather, it can be beautiful. – Stuart Duncan

It’s amazing how autism affects the whole family. – Kevin Krueger

I don’t need autism awareness; Autism acceptance will do just fine. – Jiheishou Daigakusha

I have autism. It is not a disorder or a disease. IGNORANCE is a disorder AND a disease. IT needs to be eradicated. – Robert Moran

People with autism don’t need wheelchairs, artificial legs, or a guide dog. Their prosthesis is people. – Ruth Christ Sullivan

If by some magic, autism had been eradicated from the face of the earth, then men would still be socializing in front of a wood fire at the entrance to a cave. – Temple Grandin

Think of it: disability is usually defined in terms of what is missing…But autism…is as much about what is abundant as what is missing, an over-expression of the very traits that make our species unique. – Paul Collins

Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg. – Paul Collins

If I could snap my fingers and be no autistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am. – Temple Grandin

Autism is not a disease, rather a disability that every day I strive to become an A-bility. – Kerry Magro

Sometimes all a parent needs is to know the impossible is actually possible. Hope goes a long way when it comes to Autism. – Liz Becker

It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum. – Dr. Temple Grandin

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