“Remember a person with Autism isn’t a set of symptoms or statistics always remember and remind them that they’re a person first.”
“Yes, I have Autism, Stare if you must, I’m not paying attention to you anyway.”
“I don’t think the worst thing that could happen to me is raising a child with special needs.
I think the worst thing is to raise a child who is cruel to those with special needs.”
“But had Minkowski and Einstein not recognized it long before us, our schizophrenic children would have taught us that space-time is a unity that precedes any separate understanding of either category; just as grasping this unity is a precondition for understanding causality.”
–Bruno Bettelheim, Empty Fortress
“I thought I would have to teach my child about the world.
It turns out I have to teach the world about my child.”
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on it’s ability to climb a tree,
it will live it’s whole life believing that it is stupid.”
“Autism does not define my child, but it’s part of who he is.
When society understands this, then my life will be easier.”
“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
“On the other hand, I think cats have Asperger’s. Like me, they’re very smart.
And like me, sometimes they simply need to be left alone.”
“Autism, like penguins, no two are alike.”
“If you think I’m puzzling, Imagine what the world is like for me!”
“Autism is the filter through which all my other senses must pass, both input and output.”
“I’ve learned that every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, and by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness. For us, you see, having autism is normal—so we can’t know for sure what your ‘normal’ is even like. But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I’m not sure how much it matters whether we’re normal or autistic.”
–Naoki Higashida, author of The Reason I Jump
“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”
“While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.”