During my time as a disability advocate and professional speaker on the autism spectrum I’ve come up with several quotes including “Autism can’t define me. I define autism.” & “Autism doesn’t come with an instruction guide. It comes with a family who will never give up.”

With that, I’ve always been inspired by some of the quotes from autism advocate Temple Grandin. Here are 10 I wish everyone knew…

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

-The most important thing people did for

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

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

I can't emphasize

“Different, not less.” ~ Temple Grandin

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

💙 #motivationalmonday #quotes

A photo posted by Autism Speaks (@autismspeaks) on

“The world needs all kinds of minds.” ~ Temple Grandin

“Autism is an important part of who I am, and I wouldn’t want to change it, because I LIKE the way I think.” ~ Temple Grandin

“Autism is an important part of who I

“To some, the world is a strange and new place. At one point, it was new to us all. We all had to learn. Look for what the child with autism excels in.” ~ Temple Grandin

“Interests and talents can turn into careers.” ~ Temple Grandin

“You need to stretch kids with autism slightly outside their comfort zones, but never have surprises.” ~ Temple Grandin

What’s your favorite Temple Grandin quote? Tell us in the comments!

-Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.- (2)

Kerry Magro, a professional speaker and best-selling author who is also on the autism spectrum started the nonprofit KFM Making a Difference in 2011 to help students with autism receive scholarship aid to pursue a post-secondary education. Help us continue to help students with autism go to college by making a tax-deductible donation to our nonprofit here. Also, consider having Kerry, one of the only professionally accredited speakers on the spectrum in the country, speak at your next event by sending him an inquiry here.

We’d also appreciate if you could start a Facebook Fundraiser to support our nonprofit’s scholarship fund! You can learn more about how you can do just that here