80 Autism Quotes to Inspire and Educate

"Autism is not a disease. Don't try to cure us. Try to understand us." - Brian R. King

Published on
June 13, 2024

80 Autism Quotes to Inspire and Educate

Autism Quotes to Inspire and Educate

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. It is estimated that 1 in 36 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism, making it one of the most prevalent developmental disorders. Although there is still much to learn about autism, we can gain insight and inspiration from the words of those who have experienced it firsthand. Here are 50 autism quotes to inspire and educate:

Understanding Autism

  • "Autism is not a processing error. It's a different operating system." - Sarah Hendrickx
  • "Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is a tragedy." - Kim Stagliano
  • "Autism is not a disability, it's a different ability." - Stuart Duncan
  • "Autism is not a curse; it's a different way of thinking and feeling." - Kerry Magro
  • "Autism doesn't come with an instruction guide. It comes with a family who will never give up." - Kerry Magro

Celebrating Differences

  • "Different, not less." - Temple Grandin
  • "Autism is part of who I am. It's not everything, but it's a big part." - Anthony Ianni
  • "Autism is a journey I never planned, but I sure do love my tour guide." - Anonymous
  • "Autism is a gift wrapped in a mystery." - Keri Bowers
  • "Autism is my superpower, what's yours?" - Alexa Lauenburger

The Power of Communication

  • "We are all different, but we all have that same spark that makes us light up." - Naoki Higashida
  • "Autism is not a language barrier. It's a different language." - Haley Moss
  • "The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said." - Peter Drucker
  • "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker
  • "Communication is not just talking, it's also listening." - Anonymous

Overcoming Challenges

  • "Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it." - Charles R. Swindoll
  • "Autism is not a tragedy. Running out of bacon is a tragedy." - Anonymous
  • "My autism is not a disease, it's a challenge." - Kerry Magro
  • "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." - Scott Hamilton
  • "You are not a disability, you are a person." - Anonymous
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Finding Strength

  • "Sometimes the things that make us different are the things that make us strong." - Unknown
  • "Autism is not a disability, it's a different ability. That's all." - Stuart Duncan
  • "I am different, not less." - Temple Grandin
  • "I am not broken, I am beautifully different." - Kerry Magro
  • "Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is a tragedy." - Kim Stagliano

A Parent's Perspective

  • "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all." - Anonymous
  • "I didn't know how strong I was until I had to be." - Anonymous
  • "I never planned to be a special needs mom, but I'm glad fate chose me." - Anonymous
  • "Autism is not a roadblock, it's a detour." - Kerry Magro
  • "I am not a superhero, but I am a mother of a child with autism. Close enough." - Anonymous
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Educating Society

  • "We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, and dignity." - Max de Pree
  • "The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs
  • "Don't let your learning lead to knowledge. Let your learning lead to action." - Jim Rohn
  • "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • "Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." - W.B. Yeats

Autism Awareness Quotes From People With Autism

  • "I'm not a puzzle, I'm a person." - Alexandra Jackman
  • "Autism is not a disease. Don't try to cure us. Try to understand us." - Brian R. King
  • "My autism isn't what makes me stand out, it's what makes me unique." - Rachel Barcellona
  • "Being different doesn't mean being less. It just means being you." - Anja Melissa Velasquez
  • "Autism is like a fingerprint, no two are alike." - Karla Culbertson
  • "I am not my disability. I am capable of achieving great things." - Haley Moss
  • "We need to focus on ability, not disability." - Temple Grandin
  • "I have autism and that's okay. It doesn't make me any less of a person." - Stephen Shore
  • "I don't suffer from autism, I suffer from ignorance and intolerance." - Anonymous
  • "My brain just works differently than yours, and that's okay." - Faith Jegede Cole
  • "Just because I don't express myself in the same way as you do, doesn't mean I don't have feelings too." - Liane Holliday Willey
  • "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism." - Dr. Stephen Mark Shore
  • "Autism is not something to be ashamed of. It's something to be proud of." - Amy Gravino
  • "We may struggle with social communication but we have so much love to give" - Erin McKinney
  • “Autistic people see the world in a unique way that’s different from everyone else, and that’s something to embrace.” – Chris Bonnello
  • “It’s time for society to acknowledge the spectrum of capabilities within autism.” – Cynthia Kim
  • "Autism is not a label, it's just one part of who I am." - Kerry Magro
  • "I'm not broken. I'm different and that's okay." - Ellen Hedger
  • "Autism can be a beautiful thing if we take the time to understand it." - Stuart Duncan
  • "I may have autism, but I also have strengths and abilities that make me who I am." - Alex Lowery
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Funny Autism Quotes

  • "I have CDO, it's like OCD but all the letters are in alphabetical order... as they should be." - Anonymous
  • "I'm not great at the advice. Can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?" - Chandler Bing (Friends)
  • "I may be socially awkward, but at least my cat thinks I'm awesome." - Anonymous
  • "I'm not arguing, I'm just explaining why I'm right." - Anonymous
  • "If at first you don't succeed... redefine success." - Anonymous
  • "I have autism, but I also have Netflix. So really, who's winning here?" - Anonymous
  • "I was going to make a joke about sensory issues, but it was too loud." - Anonymous
  • "Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?" - Robin Williams
  • "I have autism and an attitude. You can either accept both or get out of my way." - Anonymous
  • "The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about." - Oscar Wilde

Final Thoughts

Autism is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. While it can present challenges and obstacles, it also brings unique strengths and perspectives. By understanding and celebrating these differences, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate society.