29 Inspiring Autism Awareness Quotes

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects millions of individuals worldwide. Yet, misconceptions and stigma often cloud the true understanding of this complex condition. By sharing insightful and empowering quotes about autism, individuals can foster greater awareness.

Between quotes from famous people with autism and quotes from scholars, artists, and innovators, these quotes serve as a reminder of the importance of empathy, inclusion, and the celebration of neurodiversity. 

I am different, not less

Quotes Promoting Acceptance and Self-Assurance

“I am different, not less”. – Temple Grandin

“Autism can’t define me. I define autism.” – Kerry Margo

“Everyone has a mountain to climb and autism has not been my mountain, it has been my opportunity for victory.” – Rachel Barcellona

“I might hit developmental and societal milestones in a different order than my peers, but I am able to accomplish these small victories on my own time.” – Haley Moss

“Autism is part of who I am. It’s not everything, but it’s a big part.” – Anthony Ianni

“Autism is part of my child, it’s not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.” – S.L. Coelho

“I have autism and that’s okay. It doesn’t make me any less of a person.” – Stephen Shore

“I used to think, when I was first diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome – a form of autism, about what I can’t do, rather than what I can do, which was a mistake in thinking.” – Merrick Egber

“There are enough people in the world who are going to write you off. You don’t need to do that to yourself.” – Susan Boyle

“I view ‘autistic’ as a word for a part of how my brain works, not for a narrow set of behaviors and certainly not for a set of boundaries of a stereotype that I have to stay inside.” – Amanda Baggs

“I am equal, loved, unique, purposed and worthy just because I am me.” – Kris McElroy

without deviation form the norm, progress is not possible

Quotes About Autism and Support Systems

“Autism doesn’t come with an instruction guide. It comes with a family who will never give up.” – Kerry Margo

“Autism is not a tragedy. It’s a challenge that can be met with creativity, courage, and resolve.” – Senator Tom Harkin

“As soon as a child is capable of understanding, they will know they are different. Just as a diabetic needs insulin, an autistic child needs accommodations. The label gave me knowledge and self-awareness.” – Steve Andrews

“I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher.” – Temple Grandin

“It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.” – Temple Grandin

we are all a little different

Quotes on the Uniqueness of Autism

“Autism is not a processing error. It’s a different operating system.” – Sarah Hendrickx

“Autism is like a fingerprint, no two are alike.” – Karla Culbertson

“My brain just works differently than yours, and that’s okay.” – Faith Jegede Cole

“We contain the shapes of trees and the movement of rivers and stars within us.” – Patrick Jasper Lee

“My mind doesn’t stop; it spins and shifts in different directions creating webs of patterns, linked by varying hues.” – Michael Bowring

“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

“Why should I cry for not being an apple, when I was born an orange? I’d be crying for an illusion; I may as well cry for not being a horse.” – Donna Williams

my brain just works differently than yours

Inspirational Autism Awareness 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

“I cannot speak. For whatever reason God has intended for me to be mute. Many people might believe that I cannot think, but despite their thinking I can. What’s more is that I listen.” – Neal Katz

“Autistic people live in a keenly sensory world. Their self-stimulatory behaviors are all connected with senses.” – Jasmine Lee O’Neill

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” – Frank Zappa

“Autism is as much a part of humanity as is the capacity to dream.” – Kathleen Seidel

“We are all a little different. It’s the ones who embrace their differences that the world belongs to.” – Claire Scovell Lazebnik

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  • Megan Martin

    Megan is a professional writer with over 5 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in biology and professional and technical writing from Wingate University. In her free time, Megan is an avid birdwatcher who enjoys spending time with her cats and watching documentaries with her husband.

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