Read And Share These 10 Autism Quotes To Help Spread Awareness
By Marie Miguel
Updated December 05, 2018
According to the Center of Disease Control and Prvention (CDC), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) happens in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups and it is 4.5 times more common in boys than in girls. The CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network estimates that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an ASD, although that number might be rising. New estimates suggest it may be closer to 1 in 45.
As mentioned in the name, autism occurs on a spectrum, meaning that the severity of symptoms varies greatly from person to person. Some symptoms of autism include:
- Difficulty with non-verbal communication
- Not making eye contact or staring at people
- Language development issues, repetitive speech
- Repetitive body movements
- Intense focus on specific subjects
- Strictly follow rules and routines
Depending on the severity of their symptoms, a person with autism may need supervision and assistance into adult life. On the other hand, people with less severe symptoms are often capable of living independently, working, getting married, and having children. Not to mention that approximately 10% of the autistic population are what some call "autistic savants", people with extraordinary abilities in a specific area like art, music, math, and memory.
What makes things especially difficult for people on the autism spectrum and their families is that autism is very misunderstood. People who don't understand autism sometimes react in fear and hatred, which is a shame, because getting to know someone on the autism spectrum shows you just how strong, endearing, and capable they really are.
Here are 10 great quotes about autism to read and share. These are quotes from autistic individuals, their family members, and people who have worked closely with ASD. Hearing it from their perspective can give some of us a deeper understanding what it's like to live with an Autism Spectrum Disorder:
- "Imagine a world where Asperger was the norm, and non-autistics or neurotypicals were the minority. Let's try it: Those who feel the need to constantly be with a variety of friends are considered fickle. Those with no propensity for computers and science are called geeks. Those with no special interest are thought to be ungrounded and lost. Those without obsessive focus have to take classes to cultivate it." - Rudy Simone, author of Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome.
This quote really reinforces the idea that having autism doesn't make you any less, it just makes you different. What we may see as weaknesses in a person with autism they often consider to be strengths, because they see the world from a very different perspective than we do.
- "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 ScovellLaZebnik, author of Growing Up on the Spectrum.
Raising a child with autism can be challenging, especially on the more severe end of the spectrum. It can be hard for some parents to accept that their child is autistic and that their parenting style is what should adapt. Having the right support can make all the difference in bringing up an autistic child.
- "If you've met one individual with autism, you've met one individual with autism." - Stephen Shore, author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
It's possible that you may have only come across one or two people with severe autism in your lifetime. If this is the case, it becomes very easy to generalize and think that all people with autism are like the small sample that you've been introduced to. As we know, that is not the case at all. People with autism are individuals with personalities, loved ones, dreams, and interests just like the rest of us.
- "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, author of Thinking in Pictures, Expanded Edition: My Life with Autism.
People with autism have trouble interacting with their peers at school growing up, because they don't understand social cues and jokes as easily as most people. Bullying and their intense focus can keep them from interacting with others even more. Spending time with people who have similar interests can help autistic individuals form stronger social bonds and gain self-confidence.
- "You cannot save your child from their own feelings of discomfort that they are going to feel as they grow. Think of your job as a parent as helping know that they cannot necessarily control what the world brings them; but they can choose how they are going to feel about it." - Kate C. Wilde, author of Autistic Logistics.
Many people with autism have amazing attitudes. Despite the hardships they face, they wouldn't change their autism even if they could.
- "No relationship is without its difficulties and this is certainly true when one or both of the persons involved has an autistic spectrum disorder. Even so, I believe what is truly essential to the success of any relationship is not so much compatibility, but love. When you love someone, virtually anything is possible." - Daniel Tammet, Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant.
Many people with autism and its less severe counterpart, Asperger's, have romantic relationships, marry and have children. These relationships might face unique challenges, but they can still work.
- "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, author of Not Even Wrong: A Father's Journey into the Lost History of Autism.
Autistic individuals learn and think very differently, and it can be hard for parents, teachers, and others to try and see life from their perspective. In trying to treat an autistic child the same as any other child, you are depriving them of finding the path that works best for them.
- "If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn." - Dr. O. IvarLovaas, author of Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children: The Me Book.
Depending on the severity, many people with autism are just as capable of learning as other children but they learn a little differently. Teachers need to be aware of autism and try to adapt their teaching in a way that captures autistic children's interest and helps them understand the material better.
- "I see people with Asperger's syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life." - Tony Attwood, author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome.
Some people think of autism as a negative, and that is not always the case. Autistic people are valuable members of society and they can teach us a lot about being more kind and patient with each other. Many people whose lives are touched by someone with autism are changed forever. They see that these people deserve much more of our attention and respect.
- "Patience. Patience. Patience. Work to view my autism as a different ability rather than a disability. Look past what you may see as limitations and see the gifts autism has given me. It may be true that I'm not good at eye contact or conversation, but have you noticed that I don't lie, cheat at games, tattle on my classmates or pass judgment on other people? Also true that I probably won't be the next Michael Jordan. But with my attention to fine detail and capacity for extraordinary focus, I might be the next Einstein. Or Mozart. Or Van Gogh." - Ellen Notbohm, author of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew.
Without autism, we wouldn't have many of our favorite artists, musicians, and thinkers to thank for giving us a glimpse into a different world.
Hopefully if you didn't know a lot about autism before reading these quotes you now see that there is more to this condition than meets the eye. If you or someone close to you is autistic, many of these quotes may resonate with you or even be familiar to you already.
If you are struggling with autism and its effect on their day-to-day life, there is help available.
There is always the chance that an autistic person will become isolated and depressed due to their difficulty with social interaction. That's why their support system can be crucial. Having friends and family who are patient, loving, loyal, and understand the ins and outs of autism can make all the difference.
Luckily, many resources and therapies have been developed to help autistic people manage their symptoms, like speech, occupational, and physical therapy. Online counseling services like BetterHelp can be a good resource for affordable, easy-to-access support. The best thing about BetterHelp is they make sure to match you with a professional who has experience dealing with the challenges that you are facing.