Different Not Less: 43 Autism Quotes to Inspire You

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43 Autism Quotes | If you're looking for inspirational quotes about autism awareness and understanding, or you’re a mom or dad with a son or daughter with ASD and you need positive facts and truths to help you stay motivated during the hard times, this post has it all. Whether your child has ‘mild’ high functioning autism or several nonverbal ASD, I hope these uplifting words of encouragement give you the strength to keep advocating for acceptance! #autism #autismquotes #autismawareness

If you’re reading this post, your life has probably been touched by a child on the autism spectrum. Whether you’re an autism parent, or you’re a sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, therapist, or teacher to a child with ASD, I’m glad you found us. We share a lot of helpful tips about autism, and we curated this collection of autism quotes not just to help raise awareness about ASD, but to provide support and compassion to those in need of a little inspiration today, and every day.

14 Quotes about Autism Awareness and Acceptance

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

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

‘Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.’
–Tori Amos

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

‘Sometimes real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.’
–Unknown

‘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

‘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.’
–Unknown

‘One of the great things that any community can do is not teach tolerance, but live tolerance, not talk respect, but live inclusivity.’
–Michael Pritchard

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

18 Uplifting Autism Quotes for Struggling Parents

‘In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life.’
–Janene Wolsey Baadsgard

‘You have a choice each and every single day. I choose to feel blessed. I choose to feel grateful. I choose to be thankful. I choose to be happy.’
–Unknown

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

‘Listen to the experts. Glean what works for you and your child, but remember, ultimately, you are the expert on your own child. No one else.’
–Sylvia Phillips

‘All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.’
–Magic Johnson

‘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

‘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

‘Until you have a kid with special needs you have no idea of the depth of your strength, tenacity and resourcefulness.’
–Unknown

‘Parents of children with special needs create their own world of happiness and believe in things that others cannot yet see.’
–Unknown

‘My advice is: You always have to keep persevering.’
–Dr. Temple Grandin

‘Stop thinking about what could go wrong, and start being excited about what could go right.’
–Unknown

‘Once you learn to appreciate small victories, there is no need for a finish line.’
–Unknown

‘Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s going to be a way through it.’
–Michael J. Fox

‘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

‘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

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

‘Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.’
–Christopher Reeve

‘I have a child with special needs. I didn’t know if I would be strong enough. Turns out I am. And so are you.’
–Lisa Thornbury

11 Inspirational Temple Grandin Autism Quotes

‘I am different, not less.’
–Dr. Temple Grandin

‘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

‘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

‘In dealing with autism, I’m certainly not saying we should lose sight of the need to work on deficits, but the focus on deficits is so intense and so automatic that people lose sight of the strengths.’
–Dr. Temple Grandin

‘The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.’
–Dr. Temple Grandin

‘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

‘I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.’
–Dr. Temple Grandin

‘If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.’
–Dr. Temple Grandin

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

‘The world needs all types of minds.’
–Dr. Temple Grandin

‘I had people in my life who didn’t give up on me: my mother, my aunt, my science teacher. I had one-on-one speech therapy. I had a nanny who spent all day playing turn-taking games with me.’
–Dr. Temple Grandin

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Gwen is a 40-something freelance writer and social media consultant who has an unhealthy love for makeup, hair, and fashion. She lives with her husband and 8-year-old daughter in Toronto, Canada and hopes to move to a warmer climate someday. Preferably tomorrow.