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785 Inspiring Autism Mom Quotes: A Mother's Strength (2023)

1. “Kids need to be encouraged to stretch their shine!” - Amanda Friedman


2. “This is a FOREVER journey with this creative, funny, highly intelligent, aggressive, impulsive, nonsocial, behavioral, oftentimes loving individual. The nurse said to me after 6 hours with him ‘He is a gift’ INDEED he is.”


3. “You are not alone on this journey, there is a whole community willing you on”


4. “We can use Asperger’s as a super power if we focus.” – Daniel M. Jones


5. Meet More Autistic People


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


7. As a parent of a child with autism, you play an important role in bringing your child closer to reaching their potential


8. “Normal is just a dryer setting. ” – Patsy Clairmont


9. “Hope is the greatest thing for moms of autism. Hope is what gets us out of bed in the morning. I’m on a mission to tell parents that there is a way.” ~ Jenny McCarthy , Autism quotes for moms


10. “Life is too short to stress the small things anymore.”


11. “It does not matter what sixty-six percent of people do in any particular situation. All that matters is what you do.” ~ John Elder Robison


12. “I am the mother of an amazing child who happens to have autism.” – Brenda Rothman, writer, and advocate


13. “As an autistic I can readily see environmental phenomena of sun particles interacting with moisture in the air and rising up from the ground. I thought of these things I could see as sun sparkles and world tails.” – Judy Endow, Painted Words: Aspects of Autism Translated


14. “Autism is an extremely variable disorder.” ~ Temple Grandin


15. ” . . . Autistic people are people: they’re not puzzle pieces or baffling enigmas or medical mysteries to be solved, or ‘normal’ people ‘trapped’ in the bodies of autistics or any of that crap that infects so many portrayals of autistic people in both the clinical literature and the popular media. At the same time, I think it’s equally important to celebrate the differences between autistic people and typical people, and to recognize the need for accommodating autism as a significant disability . . . ” Steve Silberman, an Interview with Steve Silberman author of Neurotribes.


16. “She may not be perfect, but she’s 100% right.”


17. “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”


18. Discovering New Perspectives


19. “What I like to tell parents is that raising a child with autism is running a marathon. It’s not a sprint.” - Dr. Brian Bowman


20. “Promise me you will always remember… you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved move than you know.” – Christopher Robin


21. “Your love and dedication as a parent will make a difference in your child’s life. Keep fighting for them, and never give up hope.” – Claire Scovell Lazenbik, autism mom and writer.


22. “Parenting an autistic child is a journey that requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it is also a journey that is filled with love, joy, and endless moments of pride and happiness.” – Unknown


23. “It was only when my son was diagnosed as autistic that everything finally made sense: my unconventional lifestyle and career path, my sequential interests which are unusual in their variety and intensity, my sensory preferences and my absolute need for solitude. Finally understanding that my experience of the world is different from that of non-autistic people allows me to understand my needs and ensure they are met, and at this point I love being autistic and no longer struggle with mental health issues.”


24. Double Empathy Problem


25. Being an autism dad is hard work. It’s like being the parent of two different kids. One who has incredible strengths, concerns, and needs. And one who has to learn how to be a functioning member of society


26. “When I did stims such as dribbling sand through my fingers, it calmed me down. When I stimmed, sounds that hurt my ears stopped. Most kids with autism do these repetitive behaviors because it feels good in some way. It may counteract an overwhelming sensory environment . . .” – Temple Grandin, Autism Asperger’s Digest, 2011


27. “Although people with autism look like other people physically, we are in fact very different . . . We are more like travelers from the distant, distant past. And if, by our being here, we could help the people of the world remember what truly matters for the Earth, that might give us quiet pleasure.” – Naoki Higashida, The Reason I Jump


28. “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


29. “My child’s diagnosis may have changed my life, but it hasn’t changed my love for him.” – Jenny Palmiotto, therapist and advocate


30. Dear autism parent, these are the times you will never forget. These are the moments that define your life and make everything worth it


31. Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness ~ George Santayana


32. Different Way of Seeing the World


33. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ” – Albert Einstein


34. Understand Autism, Stop Trying to Change It


35. “I am proud of my child’s differences, they make him who he is.” – Lisa Jo Rudy, author, and advocate


36. “A mom’s love and acceptance of their child is the greatest support they can have.”


37. Invite me for a coffee – getting to know us as parents will help you understand our child better


38. “My autism is the reason I’m in college and successful. It’s the reason I’m good in math and science. It’s the reason I care.” - Jacob Barnett, 16-year-old math and physics prodigy


39. “Like Asperger, I too would sometimes like to claim a dash of autism for myself. A dash of autism is not a bad way to characterize the apparent detachment and unworldliness of the scientist who is obsessed with one seemingly all-important problem and temporarily forgets the time of day, not to mention family and friends.” – Uta Frith


40. “It’s not a disability, it’s a different ability.” – Stuart Duncan, founder of Autcraft


41. “I see everything in color. I have synesthesia, which means that the part of my brain – that controls the senses – sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste – are wired differently.” – Jeremy Sicile-Kira


42. “Connection is what moves this world forward. Connection is a profound human experience.” – Jenny Palmiotto, The Therapist Shift


43. Looking at Eyeballs is Social?


44. “[So-called] Mild autism doesn’t mean one experiences autism mildly . . . It means YOU experience their autism mildly. You may not know how hard they’ve had to work to get to the level they are.” – Adam Walton


45. “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


46. “You are not alone in feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay to ask for help.”


47. “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


48. “Parents have therapists come in their house and tell them what to do. They give their power away. Parents need to focus on healing and empowering themselves. They must shift their beliefs about autism. Once the parent knows who they are the child will respond.” – Lori Shayew.


49. If you’re a mom with an autistic child, your child, however, he or she is growing and developing, will bring you unimaginable joy


50. The challenges of dealing with autism are great. You need to know that you can do it and you will find strength and courage from within yourself


51. “Special needs parenting has taught us the true meaning of resilience and strength.” – Brent and Marla Nielson, authors and advocates


52. “It does not matter what sixty-six percent of people do in any particular situation. All that matters is what you do.” – John Elder Robison


53. No More Hate


54. “There’s a saying within the Asperger community: if you’ve met one person with Asperger’s syndrome, you’ve met one person with Asperger’s syndrome … Within this condition, beneath this label, the variety of personality, of humor, of behavior, is infinite.” ~ Hugh Dancy


55. Parenting an autistic child is the greatest challenge, but also the greatest joy


56. “Autism doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a parent who never gives up.”


57. Embrace Your Child’s Independence


58. “You know, everybody’s ignorant, just on different subjects.” – Will Rogers


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


60. Autism is a disability where the affected person cannot comprehend or respond to communication or social interaction. It affects their ability to make sense of other people’s actions and emotions. These challenges make parenting with autism quite difficult


61. “I’ll tell you what autism is. In 99 percent of the cases, it’s a brat who hasn’t been told to cut the act out. That’s what autism is. What do you mean they scream and they’re silent? They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.'” ~ Michael Savage


62. “Being a mother of an autistic child is not a burden, it’s a blessing in disguise.”


63. The challenges that autism creates can be overwhelming at first, but with love and determination, there are many things that parents and families can do to help their autistic loved ones develop in all areas of life


64. “Being a mom to an autistic child means being their biggest advocate and defender. It means standing up for them when they can’t stand up for themselves and fighting for their needs and rights.” – Unknown


65. Don’t bring religion into it, or make a comment on how amazing we are – this is our reality and we are just doing our best


66. There is a Purpose


67. “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


68. Osteoarthritis


69. “The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.” ~ Temple Grandin


70. “This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.” ~ Jim Sinclair


71. “Autism doesn’t come with a manual, but it does come with a mom who never gives up”.


72. “children with autism are angels who lost their way to heaven and fell down on earth.””


73. “One of the hardest things for a person with autism to do is believe in themselves. But autistics have every right to be as proud as anyone.” ~ Stuart Duncan


74. “Special needs parents are the equivalent of Batman, Captain America, and incredible hulk combined with a side of Mary Poppins.”


75. Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d have. It’s about understanding your child is exactly the person they are supposed to be. And, if you’re lucky, they might be the teacher who turns you into the person you’re supposed to be. ~The Water Giver


76. ” . . . when experts speak of social deficits in autism they can neither imagine accompanying benefits nor critically examine their own neurologies. How about a new slogan? Feel globally. Perceive locally.” – Ralph James Savarese, See It Feelingly


77. “There is no right or wrong way to parent a child with autism. Trust your instincts and keep moving forward.” – Ellen Seidman, autism mom and blogger.


78. “Truly I dreamt that my beautiful mom told others my secret about life. Nicely the secret was very easy to say but harder to do. The secret is: believe in your child and believe in yourself.” – Jeremy Sicile-Kira


79. As a parent of a child with autism, you are not alone. You are not the only parent who has had terror rising within them as they contemplate the future. You are not the only person dealing with sleepless nights, ruined holidays and general family stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support from other parents


80. “If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism.” ~ Jenny McCarthy


81. “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” – Dr. Stephen Shore.StephenShore_NewYork


82. “There is this myth that children with autism don’t have empathy. I’ve found the exact opposite to be true: children with autism are instead the most highly sensitive individuals I have ever had the privilege to know.” – Elaine Hall


83. “Being a special needs parent isn’t just about what you have to give; it’s about what you have to gain.” – Marcia Hinds, author and advocate


84. “Autism may be a part of our story, but it doesn’t define who we are.” – Kimberly Drew, advocate and blogger


85. “I looked up to the stars and wondered which one I was from.” – James McCue


86. Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because he’s trying to change your heart. ~ Unknown


87. “Using the term “high-functioning” discounts or dismisses the person’s needs or struggles . . . Using the term “low-functioning” discounts or dismisses a person’s strengths and capabilities.” Tom Iland, The Fallacy of High and Low Functioning Autism


88. “It’s not easy being a mom to a child with autism, but it’s the best thing in the world.” – Unknown


89. “Autism is not a choice. However, acceptance is. Imagine if the one thing people judged you on was the one thing you couldn’t change.” – Stuart Duncan


90. “Are your eyes listening? That’s what needs to happen to hear my writing voice. Because of autism, the thief of politeness and friendship, I have no sounding voice. By typing words I can play with my life and stretch from my world to yours. I become a real person when my words try to reach out to you without my weird body scaring you away. Then I am alive.” – Sarah Stup, Excerpted from “Are your eyes listening? Collected Works” by Sarah Stup


91. “Parenting an autistic child is a journey that requires endless amounts of love, patience, and understanding. But it is also a journey that is filled with joy, pride, and a deep appreciation for the beauty of the world.” – Unknown


92. “Your child may be different, but that doesn’t make them any less amazing.”


93. “Everybody has a heart that can be touched by something.”


94. “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone. ” – Martina Navratilova


95. “I am different, not less. ”


96. Believe in You


97. Being an autism dad is extremely hard, but it’s not impossible. It means working harder than you ever have at anything else, but when you see that first smile from your child, you realize it was all worth it


98. “As special needs parents, we learn to see the world through a different lens, and it has made us better people.” – Robert Rummel-Hudson, author and advocate


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


100. “Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” ~ Debra Ginsberg , Autism quotes for parents


101. “What I like to tell parents is that raising a child with autism is running a marathon. It’s not a sprint” – Dr. Brian Bowman


102. “Nobel prize-calibre geniuses often have certain core autistic features at their heart.” ~ Allan Snyder


103. “Even for parents of children who are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child.” – Violet Stevens


104. Being an autism dad is rewarding, challenging and sometimes lonely. It’s also a badge of honour that you should wear proudly. Don’t be afraid to let your family and friends know you’re the man in charge around here and offer them the opportunity to help you during times of trouble. The best way for them to get an understanding of what you are all about as a father is for them to see it in action


105. “When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.”


106. “Don’t think that there’s a different, better child ‘hiding’ behind the autism.


107. “Disability doesn’t make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does.” – Stella Young


108. “We need to embrace those who are different and the bullies need to be the ones who get off the bus,.” Caren Zucker, co-author of “In a Different Key”


109. “The journey of parenting a child with autism may be difficult, but it’s also filled with love, growth, and new experiences.” – Eric Peacock, autism dad and writer.


110. “Autism is not a disorder or a disease, it is simply a different way of experiencing and processing the world. It is not something that needs to be cured or fixed.”


111. “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


112. I know of nobody who is purely autistic, or purely neurotypical. Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin.”


113. The world would be a better place if we could just see the world through our children’s eyes. Focus on the good in your child and help them through their struggles by being there for them


114. “Your love and dedication to your child is the greatest gift you can give.”


115. “Your patience and understanding are an inspiration to those around you.”


116. The challenges of dealing with autism children are real. They are hard. The worry and anxiety that come from completely understanding the true nature of your child can be insurmountable. But like anything else, we don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel until we get there


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


118. Always remember that you are enough. Always believe that your child can do anything, even if no one else does


119. “Autism is really more of a difference to be worked with rather than a monolithic enemy that needs to be slain or destroyed.” – Stephen Shore, PhD


120. “Being a mom to an autistic child means being their biggest supporter and their biggest fan. It means never giving up on them and always believing in their abilities.” – Unknown


121. “Autism is not a tragedy, ignorance is.” – Shannon Des Roches Rosa, blogger, and advocate


122. Autistic People are Individuals


123. “The difference between high-functioning autism and low-functioning is that high-functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low-functioning means your assets are ignored.” – Laura Tisoncik


124. “Autism doesn’t define my child, it is only a part of who they are.” -Unknown


125. “My son is the bravest person I know, and I’m honored to be his mother.” – Holly Robinson Peete, actress, and advocate


126. “I do not suffer from Autism, but I do suffer from the way you treat me.” ~ Brad Pitt


127. Autism is a Way of Being


128. Autism is not a challenge but a gift. To a mom with autistic children, the world is a beautiful place and her children are teaching her how to see it


129. “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” - Alan Turing


130. “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the awareness of that village.” - Elaine Hall


131. “Being autistic is not about living in a vacuum, sucking in everything around you, living in an existence shutout from your environment. If anything, the environment becomes more real, more painful, more evident.” – Jocelyn Eastman


132. “Autism is a journey I never planned, but I sure do love my tour guide.”


133. “Since understanding and accommodation ​are outside of our locus of control​,​ we can focus on our own coping mechanisms. This allows us to experience and process much more information and see patterns before others.” – Joe Biel


134. “Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.” – Debra Ginsberg


135. As a parent of an autistic child, you are never alone in your struggles. To the outside world, as we know, it can seem like you’re the only one going through challenges. Don’t let that get you down. It’s a tough road but don’t lose hope


136. When you’re an autism dad, you’re never off duty. You are always on call, and even when you have nothing to do as a parent, you either have something to worry about or something to prepare for


137. You’re Really “Normal”


138. “Blue sky may be beautiful but lighting the tall buildings blue is autism-awareness.” – Tito Mukhopadhyay


139. “Aspergers – it’s not a symptom, it’s a feature.”


140. “Being a mom to an autistic child means never giving up hope. It means believing in your child and their abilities, even when others doubt them. It means loving them unconditionally and always fighting for their happiness and success.” – Unknown


141. “Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention on an emotional level as well as an intellectual level.” – Jace King


142. “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism” - Dr. Stephen Shore


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


144. “Rigid academic and social expectations could wind up stifling a mind that, while it might struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.” – Temple Grandin


145. 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.


146. Autism as a Rainbow


147. “The important thing is to bring people with Parkinson’s into our world and for the public to have a real understanding of it, as they’re beginning to have with autism.” ~ Helen Mirren


148. “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 Ann Gernsbacher


149. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”


150. Talk to our kids – they are the ones who know what it is like to live with a disability and they are the ones who can tell you what they need


151. “Let’s give people with autism more opportunities to demonstrate what they feel, what they imagine, what comes naturally to them through humor and the language of sensory experience. As we learn more about autism, let’s not forget to learn from those with autism. There are poets walking among you and they have much to teach.” - Chris Martin


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


153. “The joy of parenting a child with autism comes from embracing their differences and watching them overcome obstacles.” – Shannon Des Roches Rosa, autism mom and writer.


154. “Kids with thinking and learning differences may not always have the words to express themselves, but they have hearts full of love, and they long for connection just as much as anyone else.” – Unknown


155. “There is no cure for being human,” – Cheri Rauser, mom to Isabell


156. “Within every child is a connection to one form or another and a potential waiting to be fulfilled.” – Dr. Stephen Mark Shore


157. “Vibrant waves of sequenced patterns emerged in my head whenever I looked at musical notes and scores. Like pieces of a mysterious puzzle solved, it was natural for me to see music and its many facets as pictures in my head. It never occurred to me that others couldn’t see what I saw.” – Dr. Stephen Shore


158. “Empowering your young person is the key to giving them the skills they need to live an independent life. If you do things for them that they could learn or even do for themselves by themselves, then you are DISEMPOWERING your young person.” – Tom Iland


159. “Children with special needs inspire a very, very special love.” ~ Sarah Palin


160. “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


161. Being an autism parent is an honour and a privilege, but it also means you feel a certain responsibility to assure that they are provided with everything they need to live happy and healthy lives. This includes food, shelter and clothing—but it also includes inspiration


162. “I am autistic and I am proud” - Sez Francis, Autism Advocate


163. “She had a disorder, but it didn’t define her. She was Stella. She was a unique person.” – Helen Hoang


164. Couples that stim together stay together.”


165. Embracing the Uniqueness


166. “The way we look at our children and their limitations is precisely the way they will feel about themselves. We set the examples, and they learn by taking our cue from us.” – Amalia Starr


167. “Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of. ” – Morgan Freeman


168. “The experience of many of us is not that ‘insistence on sameness’ jumps out unbidden and unwanted and makes our lives hard, but that ‘insistence on sameness’ is actually a way of adapting to a confusing and chaotic environment . . . ” Dora Raymaker


169. It is not easy being a mom of an autism child. You alone carry the burden of their challenges, frustration and anger. But more importantly, you carry their hopes and dreams. It is not fair that they are struggling when they are trying so hard to do things that seem impossible to them on a daily basis


170. “Cherish the children marching to the beat of their own music. They play the most beautiful heart songs.” – Fiona Goldsworthy


171. “A diagnosis defines a lot of things, but it doesn’t define love.” – Lexi Behrndt


172. “Let’s give people with autism more opportunities to demonstrate what they feel, what they imagine, what comes naturally to them through humor and the language of sensory experience. As we learn more about autism, let’s not forget to learn from those with autism. There are poets walking among you and they have much to teach.” – Chris Martin, Unrestricted Interest


173. Life is a lot like raising a child on the autism spectrum. Difficult, challenging and often overwhelming. Some days are very good, some are difficult and most are just plain tough. But for every challenge you face, there is always hope and motivation that comes from your family


174. “Remember that your child with autism is a gift, and you were chosen to be their parent for a reason.” – Stephanie M. C. Smith, autism mom and author.


175. None of My Business


176. “Kids need to be encouraged to stretch their shine!” – Amanda Friedman


177. “Autism does exist on a spectrum, and there are so many manifestations of it, so many kinds of expressions of it. And every case is particular.” ~ Claire Danes


178. “Streams of words


179. “Our duty in autism is not to cure but to relieve suffering and to maximize each person’s potential.” - John Elder Robison


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


181. Please don’t act like the parents are invisible – we are here and we are trying our best


182. “I think when one becomes identified with a label that’ll become all anyone sees; the expansiveness and breadth of the all of who you are suddenly hidden from view. I look to the entire history of the label and how it came to be. Our Western world likes to compartmentalize putting everything into simplistic categories. Now they have such terms as “neurotypical” and “neurodivergent,” separating the entire human population on the planet into two categories. I would say that “neurotypical” is a diversity as well,.” – Kurt Muzikar, Introduction to “Bozo to Bosons” (not yet published)


183. “There is always room for hope no matter how hard or impossible it feels.”


184. “My child is so much more than a diagnosis”


185. “Autism, seeing the world from a different angle.”


186. “Special needs parenting is a constant reminder to be patient, kind, and understanding.” – Laura Shumaker, author and advocate


187. Sometimes it feels like you’ve never really ‘gotten over your autism child’s diagnosis. You know that it’s true, and yet there has to be something more than just what’s been written in the papers or by medical professionals


188. “I don’t want my thoughts to die with me, I want to have done something. I’m not interested in power, or piles of money. I want to leave something behind. I want to make a positive contribution – to know that my life has meaning.” – Temple Grandin


189. If you’re an autism mom, remember that it’s okay to cry. You are a lot stronger than you think. Take one day at a time and know that there are people around the country praying for you


190. “Don’t think that there is 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


191. “If you start using a medication in a person with autism, you should see an obvious improvement in behavior in a short period of time. If you do not see an obvious improvement, they probably should not be taking the stuff. It is that simple.” ~ Temple Grandin


192. Heart/pulmonary disease


193. “Every milestone your child achieves is a testament to your love and support.”


194. Dealing with a child with autism isn’t easy. But take heart, because you aren’t alone. Thousands of moms deal with this challenge every day, and they can help you find the strength to keep going


195. “Your child’s future is full of endless possibilities, never give up hope.”


196. “Get to know someone on the spectrum and your life will truly be blessed” – Stephanie L. Parker


197. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt


198. Children with special needs aren’t sent to special parents, they make parents special. ~ Unknown


199. “Our wounds and hurts and fears are in our eyes. Humans think they build ‘walls’ for internal privacy. They think eye contact is about honesty but they mostly lie because they think they can hide their intent. Eye contact is invasive.” – Carol Ann Edscorn


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


201. Many people have the idea that being parents to an autistic child is a challenge, but the truth is it’s not. When you have a child with undiagnosed autism, life changes in ways you never imagined. There is no better feeling than being a parent. Being an autism dad can be among the most rewarding experiences in our lives


202. Our minds are as different as our faces; we are all traveling to one destination- happiness, but few are going by the same road. ~ unknown


203. “Autism: where the “randomness of life” collides and clashes with an individual’s need for sameness.” - Eileen Miller


204. Celebrating Small Victories


205. “Autism has taught me to embrace the present moment and find joy in the small things.” – Carolyn DeMoss, advocate and blogger


206. “Autism can’t define me, I define autism.”


207. 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.”


208. “Why Fit in when you were born to standout?”- Dr. Seuss


209. “Why Fit in when you were born to standout?”


210. “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


211. “Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.” ~ Franz Kafka


212. If you are a mom of an autistic child, then you already know about the challenges that come with it. It takes a lot of dedication and perseverance to be an autism parent. You’ll have to try different things until you find what works best for your child


213. “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


214. “I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I would change the world for you!” – Ayla Ferrone


215. “Nowhere am I so desperately needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.” – Mr.Spock


216. “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


217. You are not alone. You have to do what works for you and your family. No matter the challenge, you are a parent first, and a caregiver second


218. Promise me you’ll always remember… you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know. ~ Christopher Robin


219. “Years before doctors informed me of my high-functioning autism and the disconnect it causes between person and language, I had to figure out the world as best I could. I was a misfit. The world was made up of words. But I thought and felt and sometimes dreamed in a private language of numbers” – Daniel Tammet.


220. Functioning Labels Need to Go


221. “The concept of neurodiversity provides a paradigm shift in how we think about mental functioning. Instead of regarding large portions of the American public as suffering from deficit, disease, or dysfunction in their mental processing, neurodiversity suggests that we instead speak about differences in cognitive functioning.” – Dr. Thomas Armstrong


222. As a parent of an autistic child, you may feel overwhelmed with challenges like sensory issues and tantrums. Despite these obstacles, however, it’s important to remain calm and confident so that your child will see positivity in you


223. “I like it that order exists somewhere even if it shatters near me.” ~ Elizabeth Moon


224. Being an autism dad isn’t easy. It can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions, with all the ups and downs in between that make you question your sanity and your parenting skills. But it’s worth it. Every single moment of it is worth it. And you shouldn’t change it for anything in the world


225. “Our children with special needs have shown us that every challenge can be overcome with love and determination.” – Dyan Robson, author, and blogger


226. “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. ”


227. The struggles of an autism dad are not just to support the family but also to understand the needs and problems faced by children with autism


228. Wake up with determination. Go to bed with satisfaction. ~ unknown


229. You don’t have to be good. You don’t have to walk on water. You only have to walk on the same side of the street. Autism moms are superheroes. If you’re an autism mom, you’re not alone


230. “People on the autism spectrum don’t think the same way you do. In my life, people who made a difference were those who didn’t see labels, who believed in building on what was there. These were people who didn’t try to drag me into their world, but came into mine instead.” ~ Temple Grandin


231. “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


232. “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” ~ Stephen Shore


233. “The teacher must have to become autistic.” – Hans Asperger


234. Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths. ~ unknown


235. “Rather than healing our child of his developmental disability, God healed me of my spiritual disability.” – Diane Dokko


236. “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


237. Every survival kit should include a sense of humor. ~ Anonymous


238. As a parent of an autistic child, you will be faced with challenges that no other parent will ever understand. You might feel alone in this fight, but know there are many others out there fighting alongside you. You don’t deserve to be defined by the challenges you encounter along the way, but by your ability to overcome those same challenges


239. “Sometimes people say that kids with autism aren’t capable of love. That’s ridiculous. My son loves deeply. He’s just doesn’t communicate well.” ~ Claire LaZebnik , Autism quotes for son


240. “I believe that inside every person who is bullied there is a strength and a tenacity to survive. You don’t always know that this strength exists, but if you make it through those dark times, you become aware. You become a survivor, someone whose courage and spirit are far stronger than all of the hate and cruelty of their bullies. The one thing that I want to impart to children with autism is knowledge of their own inner strength and the belief that one day at a time, they, too, can get through this.” – Amy Gravino


241. “Every milestone your child reaches is a victory worth celebrating.”


242. “Parents have therapists come into their house and tell them what to do. They give their power away. Parents need to focus on healing and empowering themselves. They must shift their beliefs about autism. Once the parent knows who they are the child will respond.” – Lori Shayew


243. “Do the best you can and never stop”


244. “There’s a saying within the Asperger community: if you’ve met one person with Asperger’s syndrome, you’ve met one person with Asperger’s syndrome … Within this condition, beneath this label, the variety of personality, of humor, of behavior, is infinite. ”


245. “When you take a drug to treat high blood pressure or diabetes, you have an objective test to measure blood pressure and the amount of sugar in the blood. It is straightforward. With autism, you are looking for changes in behavior.” ~ Temple Grandin


246. I choose to feel blessed. I choose to feel grateful. I choose to be thankful. I choose to be happy. ~ Unknown


247. “If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.” - O. Ivar Lovaas


248. Change happens in increments ~ Mel Robbins


249. “Autism is like a rainbow. It has a bright side and a darker side. But every shade is important and beautiful.” - Rosie Tennant Doran


250. “Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload. Or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation.” ~ Temple Grandin


251. “A person with autism hears every sound intensely magnified. Thus, if the tone of voice is harsh or strict, they will feel scared and threatened and, consequently, may inadvertently scream or even attack. Aggressive behavior is brought on by fear.” – Joao Carlos Costa, 21, non-verbal, autistic


252. “When a family focuses on ability instead of disability, all things are possible . . . Love and acceptance are key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.” – Amanda Rae Ross


253. “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.”


254. If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But, whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward. ” ~ Martin Luther King Jr


255. “I got doubted when I was a kid. ‘You’re never going to meet the Dalai Lama [and] you’re never going to do this or that. That’s the exact kind of thing I don’t appreciate in people.”


256. “If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes” – Corrie Ten Boom


257. Being an autism dad is more than watching a son with autism grow and develop. Being an autism dad is about being your kid’s best friend, the ultimate mentor and role model, a teacher who always encourages learning new things, an advocate for justice and equality, and a compassionate caregiver (and so much more)


258. “Experts” who have no lived experience as an autistic person


259. “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” ~ Oscar Wilde


260. “When a family focuses on ability instead of the disability, all things are possible…Love and acceptance are key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.” – Amanda Rae Ross


261. “If you have met a child with autism, you have met a child with autism. Each and every one of them is so wonderfully different.”


262. For many parents dealing with autism, the challenges associated with their child’s disorder can seem insurmountable at times. It’s important to remember that you are not alone as you work towards coping with these challenges


263. “Within every living child exists the most precious bud of self-identity.”


264. “It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.” ~ Hans Asperger


265. Don’t Withhold Access


266. I smile every day watching my own kids grow and blossom, and the more they progress, the stronger an advocate I become for those who don’t have a voice.


267. “If God brings you to it, He can bring you through it.”


268. “Normal’ is a dryer setting.” ~ Elizabeth Moon


269. “Children with autism develop all kinds of enthusiasms…perhaps focusing on one topic gives the child a sense of control, of predictability and security in a world that can be unpredictable and feel scary.”


270. “Never let a stumble in the road be the end of the journey. Celebrate the small victories; they are the stepping stones to greater achievements.” – Unknown


271. “Go to the edge of the cliff and jump off. Build your wings on the way down.–Ray Bradbury” – T.K. Thorne


272. Trust is Essential


273. “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. ”


274. Being an autism dad is a moment-by-moment, day-by-day challenge that often does not fit into a schedule. It’s about finding beauty in unexpected moments. It’s about understanding deficits and working through them


275. Until you have a kid with special needs you have no idea of the depth of your strength, tenacity, and resourcefulness. ~ unknown


276. “Our duty in aut­ism is not to cure but to re­lieve suf­fer­ing and to max­im­ize each per­son’s po­ten­tial.” – John Elder Robison


277. The hardest thing about being an autism dad is the inability to predict your son’s behaviour. The second hardest thing is knowing that you’ll have to deal with a lot of negative emotions that come along with it. But you’ll be fine


278. “If you ask 99.9 percent of parents who have children with autism if we’d rather have the measles versus autism, we’d sign up for the measles.” ~ Jenny McCarthy


279. “Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in our nation.” ~ Mary Bono


280. “We float around and we run across each other and we learn about ourselves, and we make mistakes and we do great things. We hurt others, we hurt ourselves, we make others happy and we please ourselves. We can and should forgive ourselves and each other for that.”


281. “Mild autism doesn’t mean one experiences autism mildly… it means YOU experience their autism mildly. You may not know how hard they’ve had to work to get to the level they are.” - Adam Walton


282. Being a parent of an autistic child is not always easy. Sometimes as you look out for your child, you can feel overwhelmed and exhausted. There are days when it feels like nothing you do or say makes a difference and that your love doesn’t mean anything. The good news is that you’re not alone


283. “Love every child without condition, listen with an open heart, get to know who they are, what they love, and follow more often than you lead.” – Adele Devine


284. There are times when the road is rocky and you can’t see the light, but weathering through it will bring you to a better place. That’s what parents of children on the autism spectrum do every day


285. Keep Lifting Autistic Voices


286. “I have a condition called Aspergers Syndrome, which is like a mild form of autism It means I don’t interact properly in certain social situations.” ~ Gary Numan


287. “It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.” – Hans Asperger


288. “I draw my inspiration from people and the world. I see the world full of bold colors, and I am fascinated by our differences that make us all special and unique human beings. My inspiration also comes from the fact that everyone in the world has something special to offer, no matter their race, color, religion, or disability. There is beauty in everything I see, and my hope is that the world can see beauty and acceptance through my eyes.” – Ronaldo Byrd, who participated in Created on Ipad gallery


289. “There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of on what he cannot do.” - Dr. Temple Grandin


290. Pencil it in on the calendar, never pen. Be flexible. ~ Kodi Wilson


291. “My autism is the reason I’m in college and successful. It’s the reason I’m good in math and science. It’s the reason I care,” – Jacob Barnett, sixteen-year old math and physics prodigy


292. “The biggest challenge for children with autism is often not their own abilities, but the way the world around them is set up. We need to adapt our environment to better support their needs.”


293. Unconditional Love


294. “I may have challenges in some areas, but I also have strengths that others don’t have.” – John Elder Robison, author, and advocate


295. Problem-Solvers


296. “Being different is a badge of honor.” – Ryan Comins, activist and author


297. “You don’t have a big enough imagination for what your child can become.” – Johnny Seitz


298. “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein


299. “Your child may have autism, but autism does not define them.”


300. As an autism parent, you’ve already survived one of the most difficult challenges in life; it’s time to celebrate your accomplishments and get ready for new adventures


301. You won’t be able to save your child from autism, but by learning and understanding it you can help ease the burden of dealing with autism


302. Don’t let life get the better of you. Let your daughter’s autism be a blessing in disguise, allowing you to see the world through new eyes, and become a better person


303. “People with autism all have a tremendous gift. It’s a matter of finding that gift and nurturing it.” – Edie Brannigan


304. “Those without obsessive focus have to take classes to cultivate it. ” – Rudy Simone


305. “My child with autism is the bravest, strongest, most determined person I know.” -Unknown


306. “Autism is part of my child, it's not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis. ”


307. “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


308. Autism is a gift. You’re the one who shines that gift forward, and you have to share it with everyone around you


309. “Though devastating at first, Autism isn’t the end of the world. It’s the beginning of a whole new one.”


310. “The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about.” – Jonathan Harnisch


311. Step in and help – it takes a village to raise a child and we need all the help we can get


312. “Autism isn’t something a person has, or a shell that a person is trapped inside. There’s no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter – every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person – and if it were possible, the person you’d have left would not be the same person you started with.” ~ Jim Sinclair


313. “Every day may present new challenges, but you are strong enough to face them.”


314. Do something today that your future self will thank you for. ~ unknown


315. “In childhood, many autistic people may not learn to become their own advocates, make decisions, and develop the level of independence that will be necessary for adulthood… a lack of freedom and an over-reliance on other people to make choices for oneself is part of the problem. We won’t become good at making choices if we never have an opportunity to practice.”


316. “Just one step in front of each other, each day. In the end, that is all, we’re expected to take.” – Donna Williams (1963-2017), Footsteps of a Nobody


317. “I see people with Asperger’s syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life. ”


318. There is no hope of a cure for autism, but there is hope for peaceful coexistence. If you feel overwhelmed by the challenges of raising a child on the spectrum, remind yourself that many people have found ways to lead productive and satisfying lives despite living with autism. You can too!


319. “A diagnosis can’t predict the extraordinary love you will have for your child.” – Tara McCallan


320. “The way we look at our children and their limitations is precisely the way they will feel about themselves. We set the examples, and they learn by taking our cue from us.” – Amalia Starr


321. “When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.” – Seth Godin


322. “By separating the autism from the person, are we encouraging our patients’ family members to love an imagined non-autistic child that was never born, forgetting about the real person who exists in front of us?” – Christina Nicolaidis


323. Sometimes the difficult things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us. ~ unknown


324. “Once you learn to appreciate the small victories there is no need for a finish line.”


325. You are not defined by the challenges of your children. You are defined by how you handle them


326. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~ Albert Einstein


327. “I see people with Asperger’s syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life.”


328. If you’re a mom with an autistic child, it’s okay to not know what the future holds. You have no idea how our children will turn out or what their journey will be. And that’s okay


329. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss


330. “Autism can’t define me. I define autism.” - Kerry Magro


331. “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


332. “Special needs parenting is a marathon, not a sprint, and every step of the journey is worth it.” – Jo Ashline, author and advocate


333. “By holding the highest vision for your child when they cannot see it for themselves, you are lifting them up, elevating them and helping them to soar.” – Megan Koufos


334. “Anything Is possible! If I can do it, so can you!” – Dani Bowman


335. “Autism is part of who I am.” ~ Temple Grandin


336. “For every tournament, any PGA Tournament Jordan, Ernie and Ryan play in, I always look up bible verses related to golf, and I set them up as character goals,” Deer says, “to help them with their character, and to help them stay positive.”


337. “I don’t want to be a genius or a freak or something on display. I wish for empathy and compassion from those around me, and I appreciate sincerity, clarity, and logicality in other people. I believe most people—autistic or not—share this wish. And now, with my newfound insight, I’m on the way to achieving that goal. I hope you’ll keep those thoughts in mind the next time you meet someone who looks or acts a little strange.”


338. “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” - Martina Navratilova


339. When a child is on the autism spectrum, you’ll gain a family that understands. Loving and supporting a special needs child is truly a unique experience


340. As a parent dealing with autism, you have possibly heard all too many times that your child is “different. ” But here’s the good news: there are plenty of other children who also face challenges like yours and overcome them every day


341. “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. ”


342. “God didn’t add another day in your life because you needed it, He added it because someone out there needs you.”


343. The struggles of an autism dad are not unlike those of others of his generation. He is a father just like everyone else and can be expected to feel the same way about his kids. The only difference between him and your average father is that he will always have a special place in his heart for his child with autism


344. There's a saying within the Asperger community: if you've met one person with Asperger's syndrome, you've met one person with Asperger's syndrome ... Within this condition, beneath this label, the variety of personality, of humor, of behavior, is infinite.


345. “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.”


346. “Behavior is communication. Change the environment and behaviors will change.” - Lana David


347. What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. ~ Oscar Wilde


348. “When doctors, parents, teachers, therapists, even television describe typical spectrum kids, without meaning to, they’re describing typically male spectrum traits — patterns first noticed by observing boys. Only boys. And we aren’t boys. So they miss and mislabel us.” – Jennifer O’Toole, Asperkids


349. Not ASD


350. “I may have been given a difficult path, but I’m grateful for every step of the journey with my child.” – Leah Bisiani, advocate and author


351. “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. ”


352. “You’re are a quiet inspiration to more people than you know”.


353. “Children with autism are not being difficult on purpose. They’re just themselves, and it’s our job to figure out how to help them.”


354. “If you are completely exhausted and don’t know how you are going to keep giving this much of yourself day after day, you are probably a good parent.” – Bunmi Laditan


355. “My autism is like the taste of tepid saké, different but interesting.” – Sue Rubin


356. “[So-called] Mild autism doesn’t mean one experiences autism mildly . . . It means YOU experience their autism mildy. You may not know how hard they’ve had to work to get to the level they are.” – Adam Walton


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


358. “If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.” – Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas


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


360. “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 GrandinTempleGrandin4


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


362. Two Myths About Autism


363. “At the end of the day, we don’t dream our lives… we LIVE them!” - Anthony Ianni


364. “I have two young children with autism. What could they have ever done to deserve that? What kind of a God allows the innocent to suffer? It’s a mystery. Yet still, I believe in God.” ~ Fred Melamed


365. “Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention to an emotional level as well as an intellectual level.” - Jace King


366. “Even for parents of children that are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child. ” – Violet Stevens


367. “I saw that you were perfect and so, I loved you. Then I saw that you were not perfect, and I loved you even more.” – Angelita Lim


368. Being a dad is difficult and rewarding. Being an autism dad is even more difficult, but it can be just as rewarding. Children with autism need special attention, but they bring joy and laughter to your life


369. “Parenting an autistic child is a journey that requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it is also a journey that is filled with love, laughter, and endless moments of joy and wonder.” – Unknown


370. “We need to have kindness in this world, we need to have peace in this world, and we need to have forgiveness in this world”


371. “Our children with special needs have taught us more about love, compassion, and strength than we ever thought possible.” – Mark and Jennifer Louden, authors and advocates


372. “Your child will teach you more than you will ever teach them.” – Melissa Noelle Brown Oliveras


373. Autism dad has a hard time. He is always worried and nervous. As the eyes of others are on him, he does not know how to deal with them


374. Allow Autistic Children to Be Autistic


375. “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 LaZebnik


376. Unmet Needs Need to be Met


377. Ask the “right” questions – avoid assumptions and be respectful in your inquiries


378. “Autism is part of my child. It’s not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.”


379. “Rome was not built on the first day. I need time to build the Eiffel Tower of my life.” – Jeremy Sicile-Kira


380. “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


381. Being a father to an autistic kid is like having a child who can’t sit still. When you need to let your child tire themselves out in the pool, no matter how much exercise they get, they will want more. The only way to really make sure that your child has had enough exercise is when they just plain pass out from exhaustion


382. “Your child may sees the world in their own beautiful way.”


383. “You are the expert on your child, trust your instincts.”


384. ” . . . I don’t need to apologize for Reid as much as interpret his behavior for the uninitiated. His actions aren’t immoral or wrong; they just get misconstrued or misinterpreted.” – Andrea Moriarity, One Track Mind: 15 Ways to Amplify Your Child’s Special Interest


385. “Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is the tragedy.” – Kerry Magro, speaker, and advocate


386. “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


387. “Those without obsessive focus have to take classes to cultivate it.” - Rudy Simone


388. “When a family focuses on ability instead of disability, all things are then possible.”


389. “Being a mom to an autistic child is like walking a tightrope between hope and fear, love and frustration, acceptance and denial. It’s a journey that requires strength, courage, and a never-ending supply of patience and understanding.” – Unknown


390. Being an autism parent is a positive, yet challenging and often lonely journey. It’s important to take care of yourself as well as your adult child, especially when it comes to coping with stress


391. “Every milestone my child reaches is a victory worth celebrating.” – Mary Barbera, author and behavior analyst


392. “When people pursue their interests, especially those that are on the autism spectrum, they have a better chance at succeeding in life.”


393. Dealing with autism children can be overwhelming, and even terrifying. You may feel alone and confused about how to help your child. But stay positive and know that there are other moms who are going through the same thing. You are not alone


394. “One out of six women are toxic with mercury. Mercury comes out of coal plants and chlorine plants. I am toxic, I deal with symptoms, children are born with, you know, autism – there is an epidemic in this country. This is like, the air that we breath.” ~ Daphne Zuniga


395. “Disability doesn’t make you exceptional, but questioning what you think you know about it does.” - Stella Young


396. Autism parents often have to face tremendous challenges and overcome them with love, care and devotion


397. When you feel overwhelmed and defeated, remember that you are not alone. And the strength you need lies within you – simply tap into it. The efforts you make will grow your child’s self-confidence, independence and ability to thrive in the world


398. “Being on the spectrum and having other learning differences, I am used to working harder and have a great drive to succeed. I interpret things differently, which helps with analyzing scripts, engulfing myself into roles, to achieve realism. [It] also drives me to make strong choices.”


399. “Being a special needs parent is a constant reminder of what is truly important in life.” – Kelle Hampton, author and blogger


400. “You have the heart to feel when the world will take forever to see.”


401. Proud to be Autistic


402. “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. ” – Maya Angelou


403. “Being a mom to an autistic child means being their voice and their advocate. It means fighting for their rights and their needs, and never giving up on their potential.” – Unknown


404. “I also have Asperger’s but I can manage it. It wasn’t diagnosed until the early Eighties when my wife persuaded me to see a doctor. One of my symptoms included my obsession with ghosts and law enforcement — I carry around a police badge with me, for example. I became obsessed by Hans Holzer, the greatest ghost hunter ever. That’s when the idea of my film Ghostbusters was born.”


405. The most important thing to remember with a child who has autism is that whatever you do, you are doing the right thing. You are doing the right thing because it is what you wanted to do and everything else is imagination


406. “Parenting an autistic child requires patience, understanding, and the ability to see the world in a different way. But most of all, it requires an unwavering love for your child and the belief that they can overcome any challenge.” – Unknown


407. Being a father of a child with autism is one of the most amazing experiences in life. Giving these children the opportunity to feel normal and be part of the world will be done by showing that they have the same privileges as other kids, with or without autism. It is important to create a child-friendly environment from home to the learning process at school, and bring them up as normal kids so that they can live independently one day


408. “Your voice as a parent is the most powerful tool you have. Use it to advocate for your child and make a difference in their world.” – Unknown


409. “My love for my child is stronger than any label or diagnosis.” – Jennifer Byde Myers, advocate, and blogger


410. “It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential” - Hans Asperger


411. “I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.” ~ Frank Zappa


412. The disability is not the problem. The accessibility is the problem. ~ Mohamed Jemni


413. “Parenting an autistic child is a journey that requires patience, understanding, and compassion. It’s a journey that challenges you to be the best version of yourself and to never give up on your child’s potential.” – Unknown


414. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein


415. Autism is a condition that impacts every part of your life. It’s more than just an emotional disorder… it’s a daily struggle to live with and raise an autistic child. This can make it difficult sometimes to see the positive side of having an autistic child


416. The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller


417. Being a parent of an autistic child is not easy. Raising a child with autism requires special care, patience and lots of love. All the pain and suffering will be worth it when they are grown up – as long as they get the right treatment now, which can help them learn how to be happy and independent


418. “Parenting an autistic child is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage and determination to navigate the challenges and celebrate the victories. But it is also a journey that is full of love, joy, and pride in the amazing person your child is.” – Unknown


419. “Sometimes all a mom needs is to know that the impossible is possible”.


420. “Behind every child who believes in themselves is a parent who believed first.” – Matthew L. Jacobson


421. “At the end of the day, despite our differences, my [Neurotypical] brother and I complement each other. He serves as a sounding board for when I need to vent, and I do the same for him. He gives me financial pointers, and I give him advice on what to do next when he is contemplating options in a given situation.”


422. “I need to see something to learn it, because spoken words are like steam to me; they evaporate in an instant, before I have a chance to make sense of them. I don’t have instant-processing skills. Instructions and information presented to me visually can stay in front of me for as long as I need, and will be just the same when I come back to them later. Without this, I live the constant frustration of knowing that I’m missing big blocks of information and expectations, and am helpless to do anything about it.” – Ellen Notbohm, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew


423. Special needs parents are the equivalent of Batman, Captain America, and the Incredible Hulk combined with a side of Mary Poppins. ~ unknown


424. “I hope everyone can examine what is the most important relationship in life – the relationship between parent and child.” ~ Jet Li


425. “Music therapy, equine therapy, and art therapy are all ‘therapeutic’ because they are a vibrational match. They have elements to them that your child can use at his current level of high-vibrational function to make sense of this lower vibrating world.” – Suzy Miller, Awesomenism


426. “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, Artist


427. “Autism, like a rainbow, has a bright side and a dark side and even though it can mean rough weather, it can be beautiful!” ~ Stuart Duncan


428. “Years before doctors informed me of my high-functioning autism and the disconnect it causes between person and language, I had to figure out the world as best I could. I was a misfit. The world was made up of words. But I thought and felt and sometimes dreamed in a private language of numbers.” – Daniel Tammett


429. “Showing kindness towards those who are different and embracing our imperfections as proof of our humanness is the remedy for fear.” – Emma Zurcher-Long


430. “If I could snap my fingers and be non-autistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am. ”- Temple Grandin


431. “Who do you think made the first stone spears? The Asperger guy.


432. “Showing kindness towards those who are different and embracing our imperfections as proof of our own humanness is the remedy to fear.” – Emma Zurcher-Long


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


434. “Our journey with autism has been hard, but it has also been full of love and joy.” – Laura Tisoncik, author and advocate


435. “Not everyone is perfect. There is always an imperfect side to everyone,” – Finn Christie, Age 10, on making Perfect Babies.


436. “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


437. “When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate. ” – Seth Godin


438. “Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” – Mary Anne Radmacher


439. “Autism has shown me the power of unconditional love and acceptance.” – Emily Colson, author and advocate


440. “And now I know it is perfectly natural for me not to look at someone when I talk. Those of us with Asperger’s are just not comfortable doing it. In fact, I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare at someone’s eyeballs.” ~ John Elder Robison


441. Being a mom of an autistic child is a very tough task. But we can do it if we have faith, hope and perseverance. When God commands you to do something, He will give you the strength to carry out His orders. So never stop trying, never lose your faith and never give up hope. Be strong


442. “Autism… offers us a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by.” - Dr. Colin Zimbleman


443. Every child with autism is unique and beautiful. When the world closes off, they are the only ones who can show them another way to live. The best thing that dads of autistic children can do for themselves is to follow their own interests and passions


444. “To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including persons with autism, are integrated as full and valued members.” – Ban Ki-Moon


445. “Stop thinking about normal . . . You don’t have a big enough imagination for what your child can become.” – Johnny Seitz, autistic tightrope artists in the movie Loving Lamposts.


446. If you’re the mother of an autistic child, it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed, scared, and unsure of what the future will hold


447. ” Parenting a child with autism is the hardest, but most rewarding job I will ever have.” -Unknown


448. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You!” – Dr. Seuss


449. The Strength of a Parent


450. Autism isn’t a Tragedy


451. “I smile every day watching my own kids grow and blossom, and the more they progress, the stronger an advocate I become for those who don’t have a voice. ”


452. “Autism is diversity.”


453. “This is a FOREVER journey with this creative, funny, highly intelligent, aggressive, impulsive, nonsocial, behavioral, oftentimes loving individual. The nurse said to me after 6 hours with him, “He is a gift”. INDEED he is.” - Janet Frenchette Held, parent


454. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer


455. “Get to know someone on the spectrum and your life will truly be blessed.” - Stephanie L. Parker


456. “This is a FOREVER journey with this creative, funny, highly intelligent, aggressive, impulsive, nonsocial, behavioral, often times loving individual. The nurse said to me after 6 hours with him ‘He is a gift’ INDEED he is.” – Janet Frenchette Held, Parent


457. “The most important thing we can do for children with autism is to understand their unique strengths and challenges, and work with them in a way that helps them learn and grow.”


458. “I’ve listened enough. It’s time for me to speak, however it may sound. Through an electronic device, my hands, or my mouth. Now it’s your time to listen. Are you ready?” – Neal Katz, Self-advocate


459. “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.” – Coach Elaine Hall


460. “Autism is not a disability, it’s a different ability.” – Debra Hosseini, artist, and author


461. “Autism is not contagious, but kindness is…”


462. Not Broken


463. “For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. In order to do so, the ability to make and keep friends is a must. Among those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society need to create for them.” – Bill Wong


464. There is a lot of hope for children with autism. As a mother of a child with autism, it can be hard to imagine what life will be like for them as they grow up


465. “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. You may have to work harder on some of this, but that’s the goal.” – Claire Scovell LaZebnik


466. “Kids have to be exposed to different things in order to develop. A kid’s not going to find out he likes to play a musical instrument if you never exposed him to it.” - Temple Grandin


467. Autism Awareness vs Autism Acceptance


468. “The key to supporting children with autism is to understand their unique needs and challenges, and work with them in a way that helps them learn and grow in a way that is meaningful and rewarding for them.”


469. “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt, former US President


470. Embrace Natural Autistic Traits


471. “Someone with Asperger’s really is like you, just more extreme. ” – Winnie Dunn


472. “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


473. “Connection is what moves this world forward. Connection is a profound human experience.” – Jenny Palmiotto, The Art of Autism.


474. “My autism makes things shine. Sometimes I think it is amazing but sometimes it is sad when I want to be the same and talk the same and I fail. Playing the piano makes me very happy. Playing Beethoven is like your feelings – all of them – exploding.” – Mikey Allcock, 16-year old who was non-verbal until age 10


475. “I know of nobody who is purely autistic, or purely neurotypical. Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin.” ~ Jerry Newport


476. When you become an autism mom, you will be faced with some challenges that nobody told you about. You have to face the fact that your child is different from every other child in the world. Even though autism families are unique and individual, each of them has a common thread of love and support for their children


477. “If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn. ”


478. “You are the perfect parent for your child with autism. Keep going, even on the hardest days.” – Laura Tisoncik, autism mom and blogger.


479. “I smile every day watching my own kids grow and blossom, and the more they progress, the stronger an advocate I become for those who don’t have a voice. ” – Matt Bentgzen


480. “Autism doesn’t define me, it’s just a part of who I am.” – Laura Tisoncik, advocate and blogger


481. “Art can permeate the very deepest part of us, where no words exist.” – Eileen Miller, The Girl Who Spoke with Pictures: Autism Through Art


482. “When a family focuses on ability instead of the disability, all things are possible… Love and acceptance is key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.” - Amanda Rae Ross


483. “Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention to an emotional level as well as an intellectual level.” – Jace King


484. Autistic Social Skills


485. “I do not suffer from Autism, but I do suffer from the way you treat me.”


486. “Having Asperger’s means I’m a genius in my own special way!”


487. “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.”


488. You’re not alone in this. No matter how challenging your day may be, your autism child is not the only one who struggles and you are not the only parent who has to help your child manage their condition


489. Parents of children with autism have their challenges, but they can also find support from others who have been there


490. The Autistic Scholar


491. “I’ve learned to see the world through my child’s eyes, and it has opened up a whole new perspective for me.” – Amy Gravino, advocate and speaker


492. Take His Word


493. “Miracles happen every day.” – Jen


494. “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis, author


495. “Mild autism can give you a genius like Einstein. If you have severe autism, you could remain nonverbal. You don’t want people to be on the severe end of the spectrum. But if you got rid of all the autism genetics, you wouldn’t have science or art. All you would have is a bunch of social ‘yak yaks.'” ~ Temple Grandin


496. “Embrace the unique way your child is blooming — even if it’s not in the garden you imagined.”


497. “I look at autism like a bus accident, and you don’t become cured from a bus accident, but you can recover.” ~ Jenny McCarthy


498. When you raise an autistic child, you gain a family. Their unique nature unites you in ways you never thought possible. You’re part of a community of people like you who are experiencing differences and challenges every day. Together, we can make a difference


499. The challenges we face today are greater than at any other time in our history. As we face the difficulties that come with autism, it is important to remember that we can make a difference in the lives of our children and ourselves


500. “Autism is part of who I am, and it’s given me a unique perspective on life.” – Temple Grandin, author, and speaker


501. If you’re a mom with an autistic child, the journey doesn’t have to be scary. And if you find yourself neurologically lonely at some point, that’s okay. You’re not alone


502. “My child is not a problem to be solved, he is a gift to be cherished.” – Claire Scovell Lazenbik, author and advocate


503. “Autism parents are strong, determined, and fiercely protective. They face challenges others can’t imagine, and they never give up.” – Unknown


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


505. “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


506. “I may not have chosen this path, but I’m grateful for every step of the journey with my child.” – Kim Stagliano, author, and advocate


507. “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


508. “This is a world of action, and not moping and droning in.” ~ Charles Dickens


509. “My autism is like the taste of tepid saké, different but interesting,” – Sue Rubin


510. Your special needs child requires a dedicated dad. You need to be prepared to learn new skills and develop a different perception of life


511. Autism is very confusing. It is hard to understand all that goes on in their little minds, and it is even harder to figure out how to support them enough so they can be the best version of themselves


512. “Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, they make this world a beautiful garden.” – Unknown


513. “There is a huge boom in autism right now because inattentive mothers and competitive dads want an explanation for why their dumb-ass kids can’t compete academically, so they throw money into the happy laps of shrinks . . . to get back diagnoses that help explain away the deficiencies of their junior morons. I don’t give a [bleep] what these crackerjack whack jobs tell you – yer kid is NOT autistic. He’s just stupid. Or lazy. Or both.” ~ Denis Leary


514. “I know of nobody who is purely autistic, or purely neurotypical. Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin.” – Jerry Newport


515. Building Connections


516. Being an autism dad is not easy. You have to understand a little bit more than the average parent what it takes to make a child happy. You are never told this, but somehow, some way you learn how to do it


517. “Stop thinking about normal… you don’t have a big enough imagination for what your child can become.” - Johnny Seitz


518. “Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention on an emotional level as well as an intellectual level.” – Jace King, brother to Taylor Cross, Normal People Scare Me Too


519. “Autism . . . offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by.” – Dr. Colin Zimbleman, Ph.D.


520. Being an autism dad is a great responsibility. It is a job that takes a lot of hard work and love. To be a good father, you need to love your children with all your heart. Help them learn the important things in life like how to be kind and loving, who God made each one of us to be, and how much He loves us even in our brokenness


521. Educational Systems Fail Autistic Kids


522. “Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else:


523. Unlimited Potential


524. “I am different, not less” ~ Temple Grandin


525. I see people with Asperger's syndrome as a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life.


526. “my activism is not about ending Autism, it is about ending cruelty – with a focus on the horrendous cruelty of bullying”


527. “It’s important that people learn about autism directly from autistic people.”


528. Autism from Autistic People


529. “Autism is not a disability, it’s a different ability.” ~ Stuart Duncan


530. “I am also a believer in an integrated treatment approach to autism.” ~ Temple Grandin


531. “And now I know it is perfectly natural for me not to look at someone when I talk. Those of us with Asperger’s are just not comfortable doing it. In fact, I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare at someone’s eyeballs.” -John Elder Robison


532. “Your child’s differences make them extraordinary.”


533. “Autism is as much a part of humanity as is the capacity to dream.”


534. “Not everything that steps out of line, and thus “abnormal”, must necessarily be “inferior”.” ~ Hans Asperger


535. “When enough people care about autism or diabetes or global warming, it helps everyone, even if only a tiny fraction actively participate.” - Seth Godin


536. “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”


537. I am different, not less.


538. “I walk slowly, but never backwards.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


539. “I am different, not less.” - Dr. Temple Grandin


540. “Children with autism develop all kinds of enthusiasms… perhaps focusing on one topic gives the child a sense of control, of predictability and security in a world that can be unpredictable and feel scary.” - Barry M. Prizant


541. “Most scientists tend to focus on determining how autistic brains are broken, while they should be focusing on how an autistic brain works instead.


542. Families of children with autism are stronger than ever. The challenges and rewards are greater than you would ever imagine


543. It’s not a Race, It’s a Journey! ~ Cynthia Carr Falardeau


544. Being a father of a child with autism is an incredible challenge that presents both unique and difficult challenges, but it’s also one of the most rewarding roles you could ever play


545. Autism is unique, but it’s not a disease or curse. It’s a part of who you are and how you see the world. There’s no right or wrong way to parent an autist


546. “Anything Is possible! If I can do it, so can you!”


547. “My child’s challenges have made me a stronger and more compassionate person.” – Lisa Smith, advocate and speaker


548. The Courage to Advocate


549. Autism is a hard life. It’s heartbreaking, frustrating and stressful. But there is hope, light and meaning in it. The struggle is worth it because your child still has so much to offer the world. So please continue to fight for them, believe in them and most importantly, love them


550. “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


551. Being the father of a child with autism can be incredibly challenging all on its own, but when you throw in the obstacles that life presents to all parents, it can sometimes make things seem impossible


552. “Sometimes it is the people no one can imagine anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” – Alan Turing, creator of the first computer used to break codes during WW II.


553. “Even for parents of children that are not on the spectrum, there is no such thing as a normal child. ”


554. Nothing is more damaging than the exhaustion that comes with trying to cope with the daily demands of an autistic child. Just when you think you’ve got problems under control, one thing or another pops up to make you realize that life as a parent is never completely smooth


555. “Your child may have a different path in life, but it can be just as fulfilling and meaningful as any other.”


556. “Autists are the 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


557. “For every 3 years your child is in public school, you can expect one exceptional teacher, one mediocre teacher, and one teacher who makes your life miserable.” – Rick Seward, disability advocate for Alpha Resource Center in Santa Barbara, 2002


558. “I am not a puzzle, I am a person.” – Tyler Durdin, writer and advocate


559. “I think that it is not only autistic people who need to learn. The people who don’t have autism must learn to understand us and be tolerant”


560. If you’re a mom with an autistic child, know that it’s going to be a journey filled with ups and downs. And that’s okay too. It’s okay for you not to know what’s going to happen — and it’s okay for your kids not to know either. It just means you have to face this world together


561. “Everyone has times when they could use some support or motivation from others. Sometimes you might be the one who does the encouraging and sometimes, just sometimes, you might be the one who needs the encouragement. “


562. As a mom of a child with autism, you have certain challenges to face. There are many things you will have to endure and learn to deal with with all the patience and perseverance that you can muster up


563. Although no one knows what the future holds, you should focus on what makes your children unique and how the world would be less beautiful without them