Autism quotes

  • 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

    #Hard Work #Artist #Autism

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

    #Heart #Autism #Genius

  • Labeling a child's mind as diseased-whether with autism, intellectual disabilities, or transgenderism-may reflect the discomfort that mind gives parents more than any discomfort it causes their child. Much gets corrected that might better have been left alone.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Children #Giving #Autism

  • I do not at all understand the mystery of grace - only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.
    -- Anne Lamott

    #Inspirational #Wisdom #Autism

  • 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

    #Autism #Different #Our Society

  • They claim that autism naturally occurs at about 18 months, when the MMR is routinely given, so the association is merely coincidental and not causal. But the onset of autism at 18 months is a recent development. Autism starting at 18 months rose very sharply in the mid-1980s, when the MMR vaccine came into wide use. A coincidence? Hardly!
    -- Bernard Rimland

    #Vaccines #Autism #Rose

  • William Stillman's Autism and the God Connection is a sensitive and illuminating work which could dramatically change how we view autism.
    -- Carol Bowman

    #Views #Autism #Connections

  • 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

    #Expression #Autism #Doe

  • You are the most brave intrepid person I have ever known, and you have dedicated your life to helping those who are misunderstood and underrepresented.
    -- Claire Danes

    #Autism #Brave #Misunderstood

  • 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 LaZebnik

    #Children #Thinking #Autism

  • 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

    #Autism #Special #Study

  • 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

    #Teenager #Thinking #Autism

  • 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

    #Happy Life #Media #Autism

  • William Stillman continues his fascinating exploration of the myriad connections between autism and human personality. The Soul of Autism makes a strong case for why we should embrace rather than fear the differences between us.
    -- Dean Hamer

    #Strong #Differences #Autism

  • As a parent with a child with autism, its been really tough to experience your child having autism.
    -- Deron Williams

    #Children #Autism #Parent

  • The Flutie Bowl is a great event that brings together people who really care about the autism community. We always have a great time bowling and playing music.
    -- Doug Flutie

    #People #Autism #Community

  • If you Google some sites about the link between vaccines and autism, you can very quickly find that Google is repeating back to you your view about whether that link exists and not what scientists know, which is that there isn't a link between vaccines and autism. It's a feedback loop that's invisible.
    -- Eli Pariser

    #Vaccines #Views #Autism

  • Normal' is a dryer setting.
    -- Elizabeth Moon

    #Autism #Normal

  • I like it that order exists somewhere even if it shatters near me.
    -- Elizabeth Moon

    #Life #Order #Autism

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

    #Positive #Inspiring #Autism

  • Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
    -- Franz Kafka

    #Inspiring #Freedom #Autism

  • I have a condition called Aspergers Syndrome, which is like a mild form of autism It means I don't interact properly in certain social situations.
    -- Gary Numan

    #Mean #Autism #Aspergers

  • Autism is a very serious condition.
    -- George Osborne

    #Autism #Serious

  • It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.
    -- Hans Asperger

    #Art #Autism #Essentials

  • Not everything that steps out of line, and thus "abnormal", must necessarily be "inferior".
    -- Hans Asperger

    #Autism #Abnormal #Lines

  • A major cause of the Roman Empire's decline, after six centuries of world dominance was its replacement of stone aqueducts by lead pipes for the transport and supply of drinking water. Roman engineers, the best in the world, turned their fellow citizens into cripples. Today our own "best and brightest," with the best of intentions, achieve the same end through childhood vaccination programmes yielding the modern scourges of hyperactivity, learning disabilities, autism, appetite disorders, and impulsive violence.
    -- Harris L Coulter

    #Drinking #Autism #Water

  • Autism is a complicated illness, and children with a variety of treatments and non-treatments show improvement over time, which is all to the good.
    -- Harvey V. Fineberg

    #Children #Autism #Improvement

  • Being a typical teenager isn't easy. When you have autism, it can be extra difficult. We need more public awareness about these hurdles as well as compassion towards these young people.
    -- Holly Robinson Peete

    #Teenager #Compassion #Autism

  • 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

    #Autism #Personality #Community

  • The risks are far greater to your child of not getting immunized than any kind of speculative potential relationship between the vaccine and the development of autism.
    -- Irwin Redlener

    #Children #Vaccines #Autism

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

    #Autism #Looks #Bus

  • Without intervention today, the cost of care for adults with autism will be significantly greater and the burden will no longer lie with the parents, but on our entire society.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Lying #Autism #Parent

  • I did want to acknowledge and confirm the fact that my son does, indeed, have an autism diagnosis.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Son #Autism #Diagnosis

  • If you ask 99.9 percent of parents who have children with autism if we'd rather have the measles versus autism, we'd sign up for the measles.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Children #Autism #Parent

  • If you give us a safe vaccine, we'll use it. It shouldn't be polio versus autism.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Vaccines #Giving #Autism

  • Those outside of autism need to understand this is an epidemic and we need more government funding, insurance coverage and education reform.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Epidemics #Government #Autism

  • Let me see if I can put this in scientific terms: Think of autism like a fart, and vaccines are the finger you pull to make it happen.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Thinking #Vaccines #Autism

  • What is missing from today's dialogue is the effect autism is having on families, our society and what the unknown factors are. The 300lb. gorilla in the room is that our children with autism today will soon become adults with autism.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Children #Autism #Missing

  • Information on how to heal autism and how to possibly delay vaccines or prevent autism shouldn't come from me. It should come from the medical establishment.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Vaccines #Autism #Delay

  • The reason why the medical community is reluctant to talk about it is because there's such a huge business in pharmaceuticals.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Autism #Community #Medical

  • Without a doubt in my mind, I believe that vaccinations triggered Evan's autism.
    -- Jenny McCarthy

    #Believe #Autism #Doubt

  • I know of nobody who is purely autistic, or purely neurotypical. Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin.
    -- Jerry Newport

    #Autism #Moments #Planets

  • I hope everyone can examine what is the most important relationship in life - the relationship between parent and child.
    -- Jet Li

    #Children #Autism #Parent

  • This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.
    -- Jim Sinclair

    #Dream #Moving #Autism

  • Autism isn't something a person has, or a shell that a person is trapped inside. There's no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion and encounter - every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person – and if it were possible, the person you'd have left would not be the same person you started with.
    -- Jim Sinclair

    #Children #Color #Autism

  • 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'treally understand why it's considered normal to stare at someone's eyeballs.
    -- John Elder Robison

    #Autism #Facts #Normal

  • Heaven, for me, is one focused project - it's like a weird form of autism.
    -- Jon Krakauer

    #Autism #Heaven #Projects

  • It was ability that mattered, not disability, which is a word I'm not crazy about using.
    -- Marlee Matlin

    #Crazy #Autism #Madness

  • Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you're needed by someone.
    -- Martina Navratilova

    #Autism #Perception #Matter

  • Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in our nation.
    -- Mary Bono

    #Autism #Growing #Disability

  • Katie, 90% of the things you worry about don't happen, and the 10% that do, you can't do anything about.
    -- Mary Fisher

    #Autism #Worry

  • The recent medical controversy over whether vaccinations cause autism reveals a habit of human cognition—thinking anecdotally comes naturally, whereas thinking scientifically does not.
    -- Michael Shermer

    #Thinking #Autism #Cognition

  • Research demonstrates that autistic traits are distributed into the non-autistic population; some people have more of them, some have fewer. History suggests that many individuals whom we would today diagnose as autistic - some severely so - contributed profoundly to our art, our math, our science, and our literature.
    -- Morton Ann Gernsbacher

    #Art #Math #Autism

  • 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

    #Autism #Long #Needs

  • When you see an object, it seems that you see it as an entire thing first, and only afterwards do its details follow on. But for people with autism, the details jump straight out at us first of all, and then only gradually, detail by detail, does the whole image float up into focus.
    -- Naoki Higashida

    #Autism #People #Focus

  • People with autism never, ever feel at ease, wherever we are. Because of this, we wander off - or run away - in search of some location where we do feel at ease. While we're on this search, it doesn't occur to us to consider how or where we're going to end up. We get swallowed up by the illusion that unless we can find a place to belong, we are going to be all alone in the world.
    -- Naoki Higashida

    #Running #Autism #People

  • A person with autism lives in his own world, while a person with Asperger's lives in our world, in a way of his own choosing
    -- Nicholas Sparks

    #Our World #Autism #Aspergers

  • I have friends struggling with autism, juvenile diabetes.
    -- Nicole Ari Parker

    #Struggle #Autism #Juvenile

  • My little brother is autistic, so I would love to be involved in a charity for autism, but I haven't found the right one yet.
    -- Nikki Reed

    #Brother #Autism #Charity

  • If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.
    -- Ole Ivar Lovaas

    #Autism #Way #Teach

  • Asking the public health community to investigate the role of vaccines in the development of autism is like asking the tobacco industry to investigate the link between lung cancer and smoking.
    -- Rick Rollens

    #Cancer #Vaccines #Autism

  • I choose not to place "DIS," in my ability.
    -- Robert M. Hensel

    #Autism #Ability

  • Children with special needs inspire a special love.
    -- Sarah Palin

    #Children #Autism #Inspire

  • If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism.
    -- Stephen Shore

    #Autism #Mets #Persons

  • Do the best you can and never stop.
    -- Stephen Wiltshire


  • If you're an underdog, mentally disabled, physically disabled, if you don't fit in, if you're not as pretty as the others, you can still be a hero.
    -- Steve Guttenberg

    #Hero #Autism #Underdog

  • Never underestimate someone with Autism, because there could be Brilliance struggling to get out.
    -- Stuart Duncan

    #Struggle #Autism #Underestimate

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

    #Acceptance #Opposites #Autism

  • 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

    #Believe #Autism #Proud

  • Hugs may come less frequently from someone with autism but when they do, you know it means everything.
    -- Stuart Duncan

    #Mean #Autism #Hug

  • Autism is not a disability, it's a different ability.
    -- Stuart Duncan

    #Autism #Different #Disability

  • Having a child with Autism can mess with your head: You feel like you can move mountains for them yet you're powerless at the same time.
    -- Stuart Duncan

    #Children #Moving #Autism

  • 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

    #Children #Autism #Too Much

  • It's not just the child that has autism. It's the whole family that has autism. It's not a one person thing,
    -- Ted Lindsay

    #Children #Autism #Whole Family

  • Together, we’ll beat autism.
    -- Ted Lindsay

    #Autism #Together #Beats

  • I strongly recommend that students with autism get involved in special interest clubs in some of the areas they naturally excel at. Being with people who share your interests makes socializing easier.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #People #Autism #Special

  • I am different, not less
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Inspiring #Autism #Different

  • 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

    #People #Autism #Caves

  • I think a brain can be made "more thinking" or made "more emotional." At what point does this become abnormal? Autism in its milder variants, I think, is part of normal human variation.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Emotional #Thinking #Autism

  • If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Inspiring #Autism #Fingers

  • People talk about curing autism. But if you got rid of all those traits, who's going to make the next computer?
    -- Temple Grandin

    #People #Autism #Next

  • I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Teacher #Autism #Enough

  • I can explain how a person with autism thinks. I am very, very interested in how people think. It's been a gradual process of learning more and more about how my thinking process is different. You know it's bottom up - you take specific examples to make concepts and then I put them in categories.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Thinking #Autism #People

  • The worst thing you can do is nothing. (re: teaching children with autism)
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Children #Teaching #Autism

  • You simply cannot tell other people they are stupid, even if they really are stupid.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Stupid #People #Autism

  • The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Autism #People #Important

  • Mild autism can give you a genius like Einstein. If you have severe autism, you could remain nonverbal. You don't want people to be on the severe end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn't have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social 'yak yaks.'
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Art #Giving #Autism

  • 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

    #Autism #Geek #Genetics

  • If you start using a medication in a person with autism, you should see an obvious improvement in behavior in a short period of time. If you do not see an obvious improvement, they probably should not be taking the stuff. It is that simple.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Simple #Autism #Stuff

  • If you have autism in the family history, you still vaccinate. Delay it a bit, space them out.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Space #Autism #Delay

  • I'm a visual thinker, not a language-based thinker. My brain is like Google Images.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Autism #Google #Brain

  • I am also a believer in an integrated treatment approach to autism.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Autism #Treatment #Integrated

  • Autism is part of who I am.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Who I Am #Autism

  • I believe there is a reason such as autism, severe manic-depression, and schizophrenia remain in our gene pool even though there is much suffering as a result.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Believe #Autism #Suffering

  • But my favorite of Einstein's words on religion is "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind." I like this because both science and religion are needed to answer life's great questions.
    -- Temple Grandin

    #Autism #Lame #Answers

  • I see people with Asperger's syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life.
    -- Tony Attwood

    #Autism #People #Aspergers

  • Asperger's syndrome has probably been an important and valuable characteristic of our species throughout evolution.
    -- Tony Attwood

    #Autism #Important #Aspergers

  • Though Autism can be frightening and terribly demanding, it also comes with its vast share of superpowers that are unknown to the typical human.
    -- Andrea Suarez Paz

    #Autism #Typical #Share

  • I read a lot on autism, which is surprisingly and annoyingly a huge mystery.
    -- Andrea Suarez Paz

    #Autism #Mystery #Huge

  • Savant syndrome and autism, I think, are not disorders of brain structure, but they're disorders of brain function.
    -- Darold Treffert

    #Thinking #Autism #Brain