autism quotes

As a parent of a child with autism, it can sometimes be overwhelming to care for them. 

These inspiring quotes about autism will help to inspire you when you need a little pick me up.

43 inspiring Autism Quotes 

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

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

“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. You may have to work harder on some of this, but that’s the goal.” – Claire Scovell LaZebnik

“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 Issacs

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

Autists are the 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

“I am different, not less.” – Dr. Temple Grandin

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

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

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

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

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

“Even for parents of children who are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.” – Violet Stevens

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

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

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

“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

“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

“Autism is like a rainbow. It has a bright side and a darker side. But every shade is important and beautiful.” – Rosie Tennant Doran

“I am autistic and I am proud” – Sez Francis, Autism Advocate

“Autism is really more of a difference that needs to be worked with rather than a monolithic enemy that needs to be slain or destroyed.” – Dr. Stephen Shore

“Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like everyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.” – Adrienne Bailon

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

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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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 out for not being a horse.” – Donna Williams

“Autism: Where the ‘randomness of life’ collides and clashes with an individual’s need for sameness.” – Eileen Miller

“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.” – Temple Grandin

“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

“Autism is as much a part of humanity as is the capacity to dream.” – Kathleen Seidel

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

“What I like to tell parents is that raising a child with autism is running a marathon. It’s not a sprint.” – Dr. Brian Bowman

“Get to know someone on the spectrum and your life will truly be blessed.” – Stephanie L. Parker

“Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” – Martina Navratilova

“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

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

“Disability doesn’t make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does.” – Stella Young

“Those without obsessive focus have to take classes to cultivate it.” – Rudy Simone

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


We hope you enjoyed this list of inspiring autism quotes. 




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