Friday, December 9, 2011

Great Quotes for Aspergers and Autism

"If autism means... don't pretend, be a little shy with strangers, dance, laugh, and show yourself the way you are... Then yes, I am autistic!! So why are you trying to change me?"

"Autism is cool. When *I* like something, I like it a whole lot more than my friends like their things."

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

"Get to know someone on the spectrum and your life will truly be blessed!" - Stephanie L. Parker

"Autistic today. Genius tomorrow."

"Just because I can't speak doesn't mean I have nothing to say!"

"God made me special."

"Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I LEARN!"

"You are beautifully unique and uniquely beautiful!" - Stephanie L. Parker

Said by a 6 year old boy after his first Aspie support meeting: "Other people are different like me."

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

"Aspergers - it's not a symptom, it's a feature."

"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."

"If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not - because then I wouldn't be me. Autism is part of who I am." - Temple Grandin

"Autism Rocks! (and rolls and spins and flaps and loves and laughs)"

"I wouldn't be where I am today if I were neurotypical because I would have been interested in social things. Having a little autism helped me achieve my goals and not miss what most people thought I was missing out on." - Evan Delaney Rodgers (autistic politician)

"Autism is not contagious, but my smile is."

"Autism to me, says that I accept my child wholly. I celebrate his differences and his quirky-ness. I advocate diversity. I try to empower him. I am proud of his successes, no matter how small they seem. I hope he holds onto the compassion he has in his heart into adulthood. I do not think he needs “fixing”. I am proud that he is my son, and sometimes I am humbled by that very same thought." - by mommy-dearest at http://mommydearest1514.blogspot.com/

"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

"Nobody can be a better you!" - Stephanie L. Parker

"You don't have to have a disability to be different." - Kim Peek (the real "rain man")

"Asperger's Syndrome - It worked for Einstein."

"I'm disordered, not diseased"

"I am not a category... I am me"

"Warning - Tendency to be brutally honest."

"I didn’t get where I am today by not being autistic." - Larry Arnold

"My son has autism, but autism doesn't have him."

"Though devastating at first, Autism isn't the end of the world. It's the beginning of a whole new one."

"AWEtism"

Said by an 11 year old girl, "Having Asperger's means I'm a genius in my own special way!"

"Don’t underestimate persons with autism, try to understand."

"Autism is not something I have. It is integral to who I am. Eliminate the autism, and you eliminate me. When you say you want a cure, you are saying I should be put to death. Think about it." - Parrish S. Knight

"Someone with Asperger’s really is like you, just more extreme."

"My child with autism.....PRICELESS"

"A child with Autism is not ignoring you, they are waiting for you to enter their world."

"Society says I'm Autistic. God says I'm Perfect!"

"Nobel prize-calibre geniuses often have certain core autistic features at their heart" - Allan Snyder (director of Sydney University's Centre for the Mind)

"Your child is the same person he/she was before the diagnosis. The diagnosis does not change the child you love."

"I would never have wished for an able bodied child, because that child would have been someone who wasn't you."

"You need to quit worrying so much about your child and enjoy your child. Because if you don't, you will regret it later."

When a 4 1/2 year old boy was playing near another kid at a park, the kid walked up and asked, "Why do you talk so funny?" The first little boy turned to him and said, "I have autism, but it's okay because I'm secretly a rock star!" He then carried on acting out an entire movie.

"Autism - it's not a processing error, just a different operating system."

"Building up a weakness just makes you less disabled. Building a strength can take you to the top of the world.” - John Elder Robison

"Autism is all around us. We can help people with autism enter our world, if we encourage them to let us into theirs."

"Maybe not required, but the autistic can do phenomenal things if their special interests are in the right field. There's no doubt autism has been of great benefit to science."

"Borderline artistic."

"I'm just like everybody else... only different."

"I may not be where I intended to go, but I am exactly where I'm meant to be."

"I am more than autistic. I am somebody's heart."

"Autistic doesn't mean I draw well......BUT I DO!"

"The path I travel is lit by those who came before me, and it will shine brighter for those who follow me. See my potential."

"For all we know, the first tools on earth might have been developed by a loner sitting at the back of the cave, chipping at thousands of rocks to find the one that made the sharpest spear, while the neurotypicals chattered away in the firelight."

"You all laugh because I'm different, I laugh because you're all the same!"

"Not everything that steps out of line, and thus 'abnormal', must necessarily be 'inferior'" - Hans Asperger (1938)

"Crying doesn't indicate that you're weak. Since birth, it has been a sign that you're alive."

"You were given this life because you were strong enough to live it."

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

"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

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Tim Page

"Yes, I am Autistic. Stare if you must. I am not paying attention to you anyway."

"I have autism. Autism does not have me."

"AUTISM means I won't lead an ordinary life.... I can lead an extraordinary life!"

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

"My child has autism. Questions are appreciated. Parenting advice is not!"

"Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is the tragedy."

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

"Nobody said it would be easy, But it will be worth it."

"All cats have autism."

Said by a young boy, "My autism makes me smart."

"If you've met A child with autism, you've met A child with autism. Each and every one of them is so wonderfully different."

"Children with Autism are angels who lost their way to heaven and fell down on earth."

"She may not be perfect, but she's 100% right."

"I exist; therefore, I am loved."

"Autism is as much a part of humanity as is the capacity to dream." - Kathleen Seidel

"I deserve acceptance and respect as I am."

"Parenting advice is not appreciated unless you too have a child with autism."

"If you're an auti and you know it... Flap your hands!"

"Autism is not contagious, but kindness is..."

"Autism - See the potential!"

"My Autism just might make me smarter than you!"

"Autism does not define my child, but it's part of who he is.  When society understands this, then my life will be easier." - Frances Vega-Costas

"Look beyond the autism and you will see someone very special."

"Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud." - Alex F. Osborn

"Autism is not a puzzle, nor a disease. Autism is a challenge, but certainly not a devastating one." - Trisha Van Berkel

"...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 Gernsbacher

37 comments:

  1. A really nice post!

    Must have been a lot of work (or fun) collecting or the quotes!

    Michael

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  2. Thank you Michael! I had been collecting them for awhile and wanted to share them.

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    1. Thx soo much. Helped me to fight for my students' cause...

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    2. That's wonderful!!! I would love to hear more about it if you want to share. Either way, I am glad that you find these useful!

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  3. I have asperger's and if I weren't then who would I be? I certainly wouldn't be me.

    Touching post.

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    1. You are SOOO correct! I love my son for who he is and I would not want him to be anyone else! And even though I do not know you, I can tell that I would not want you to be anyone else either! Thanks for you beautiful comment!

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  4. These are just great!!! As a mom with a child with aspergers these are so moving. I have found a lot of great information for my son at http://onlineceucredit.com/edu/social-work-ceus-ep. I hope this is helpful!

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  5. I have Asperger's Syndrome, and all of these quotes are absolutely wonderful and inspiring! Thank you for making it feel like someone truly understands! I'm proud of the fact that I have Asperger's, because without it, I wouldn't be me! :)

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    1. That is exactly how I feel about my son having Asperger's. Without it, he would be someone totally different and I love him the way he is. I could not imagine him not being his wonderful self!

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  6. I can go to the edge of the cliff and where others will fall, I find the answers to the problem.

    When I rage it is because the answers don't come fast enough, and I am booting up to a higher level of thinking and problem solving. Then the complex becomes the trivial.

    Needless things I can figure out. Relationships elude me. I hope when I die God will spend a lot of time with me talking about what others find boring.

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much for sharing! It just now gave me even more insight into how my son probably sees things.

      I'm sure that God will, just as he listens unconditionally to you now. I hope that you have a wonderful week. Thanks again, Stephanie

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    2. Finding out I had AS Disorder explained a lot about my life. I still go into mass obsession and focus on things. I have hoped with age that the Aspergers would let up a bit.

      Just love your son and try and comfort him when he is ramping. My wife is really good at that with me. It becomes a source of comfort.

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    3. Thank you so much! That is what I try to do, too.

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  7. i have asperger's as well i had a hard time being accepted and understood so thanks for the quotes

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    1. Those are two of the most important things to me about increasing awareness... acceptance and understanding!

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  8. Such a relief to know that I am not weird... For me being as Aspie means that I finally understand why everybody else is so strange. Finally understanding who I really am at 48.

    ~JSB

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    1. I understand what you mean. I have had Sensory Ingegration Disorder all of my life and honestly thought that I was made wrong or just "too sensitive". I am now 45 and found out I had SID when going through the process of getting my son diagnosed a few years ago. I look at getting a diagnosis as a positive thing... now you know why and what you can do from here on out.

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    2. I too am 48 years old and just discovered that I too, am an Aspie .... My Son is an Aspie, and I would not change either of us ... Praise God for making us different ...

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  9. Thank you so much for this very inspiring qoutes.As a father to a 4 year old boy who diagnosed with AS Disorder,life at first is very tough.The moment we learned more about autism,the more we love him.Indeed autistic persons are very special.

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    1. I have learned SOOO much about life from my 12 year old son with Aspergers. I would not change him. I just want to help him and to most definitely help others to understand and accept. Some extremely important people to our world as a whole would be diagnosed with ASD.

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  10. "Different, Not Less" is my favourite, said by Temple Gradin. What an inspiration to all! My daughter got it tattoo'd on her side. It looks great. My son is autistic and although it has been a fight, we're getting there. When will others realise, they won't change or grow out of autism! Mum's...you know you child better than anyone...go with your heart, I doubt you'll be wrong!
    Sean W

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  11. Love these! Thank you so much! I was looking for a quote for a necklace that I am having made and found the perfect one....the Autism Rocks one...I saw it on a t shirt at an Autism Carnival on Saturday but couldn't remember the exact words. My son is 11 with Aspergers and would not change a thing about him. I love him just the way he is. Thanks for all your time putting this together.

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    1. You're welcome! So glad that I could help! I often come to this page and my page of quotes for Parkinson's and chronic illnesses when I need a "pick me up", too. Makes it handy! Remember to bookmark this post if you haven't already! Have a great week!

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  12. I live with Autism, but I wear the pants in the family!

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  13. Just found out my 9 yr old has Aspergers...thank you for the beautiful quotes, inspirational!!

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  14. Just found out my son has Aspergers, your quotes really helped me to see how he sees things. I am thankful we now know what is happening with him, because we can finally do what we can to help him. I love him just the way he is, and we have our difficult times, but who doesn't? I wouldn't change him for the world. He is perfect, because he is different, unique in his own special way, how lucky is he!?!?. I am blessed as a mother and as a person to know and love a child with Aspergers...life would be boring without it. I have others telling me don't do this, don't do that, and those saying the doctors are wrong, but I see what they don't see, I know what they don't know, my son is an Aspie and I am proud to be his mom. God gave me him, just as he is, for a reason, they are just jealous because my son is a genius in his own special way. :)

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    1. I'm so glad that you found help and inspiration here. I totally know what you mean about being thankful when you finally have a diagnosis and truly can start understanding. what is going on and why. It's like night and day. I make a point to show my son when there is something that is great and unique about him and if it is partly because he has Asperger's... then how that is a benefit of his Asperger's. I also have family who adamantly have told me not to accept the diagnosis... like that is going to change things... It's not. I don't use it as a crutch or excuse. We use it to understand and see better ways to approach any difficulties so we can thrive! A mom knows her child better than the doctors and bystanders, so yes, you definitely see what they cannot see. God DEFINITELY gave us our sons for a particular reason! They are most definitely geniuses in very special ways that we get to discover daily! I'm SO glad that you came across my blog and I hope that I can be a support to you further in the future. Enjoy your son! ;)

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  15. My daughter is 14, although she is like most teenagers trying to find herself, she is different. Like most kids who want to see what it is like to become different people, my daughter is discovering herself by posing as different characters to see which she likes best. I know it seems strange to some, but it fits her! She will definitely know who she is, because she has tried to be them all, and will eventually find which it is she likes being the most! She has always been an artist, but she likes being a singer, an actress, a rapper, and ext. at times as well. I love her so much, and I know one day she is going to see how special she truly is to people!

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    1. This is a creative way of checking out who she wants to be. I think it is actually a great thing! She sounds AMAZING! Thanks so much for sharing Kristyn!

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  16. I am a pretty tough guy just found out my son has autism we knew there was some thing going on great qoates brought tears my eyes thanks

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    1. You are welcome. So glad that you found this page of quotes. We are all soft when it comes to our little ones. Take care!

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  17. Stephanie, thanks for the quotes! As a 17 year old male Aspie teen, I find these quotes inspiring. :) I sometimes feel like my family doesn't understand me though I wish they would... From my point of view, having Asperger's has changed my life. I try to have a positive outlook on it because God put us here on earth for a purpose. I love being different and I knew there was always that quirky part of me somewhere. I hope to have a great life ahead of me! Again, thanks for the quotes... :)

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    1. You're welcome Tyler.I'm sorry that your family isn't understanding right now, I will pray that they will soon and that you will find positive, supportive people to surround yourself with who do understand. God definitely does have a wonderful purpose for you and doesn't make mistakes! You are the way He meant for you to be. Remember that always! Thanks for stopping by and remember to have this page bookmarked or pinned for times when you need a pick-me-up. Thanks again for stopping by, Tyler.

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  18. My husband and I just recently found out that our son has ASD. The past 3 weeks have been devastating. Seeing these quotes made me realize that it isn't a "devastating" disorder. It's just the way in which you view it. It is what makes him so incredibly special. Special, not wrong! Thank you so much. It's wonderful to see so many positive view points from something I was so afraid of. Now, I embrace!

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    1. I definitely see ASD as a different operating system.... different, not wrong. My son has Asperger's Syndrome or what they now officially like to call PDD-NOS. (I still call it what he was diagnosed as since it truly fits him and I do not agree with the changing of terminology.... but that's a whole other discussion.) Anyway, I have always seen the diagnosis as explaining why he does things the way he does and helping me help him. Your son is the same precious son he was before his diagnosis. He did not change because of the diagnosis. I definitely don't see it as devastating and I have taught my son the positive things about ASD (along with somethings that he has to work on a bit because of his ASD). We don't ignore it, but everyone has something they have to work through. So yes, embrace it and enjoy your son!

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