This year will be my 8th year since I became a disability advocate. During that time I’ve received accreditation as a national speaker, worked on several autism related films and have wrote 2 best-selling books. Looking back being diagnosed with autism at 4, I could tell you I never saw this as something I would be doing today as an adult in my 20’s.

During this road I’ve seen so many beautiful quotes from members of our community that on my tougher days have been able to inspire me to let me know that what we’re doing as advocates is making a difference in the lives of others. With that, last night I took out a piece of paper and wrote out a few of my favorites that I wanted to share…

  1. Autism can’t define me, only I can define autism. ~ Kerry Magro
  2. If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. ~ Maya Angelou
  3. Normal is just a dryer setting. ~ Patsy Clairmont
  4. The only disability in life is a bad attitude ~ Scott Hamilton
  5. My ability is stronger than my disability ~ Luke Armstrong
  6. The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little extra.
  7. I’m great at several things and broken in none. ~ Kerry Magro
  8. Just because I cannot speak, does not mean I cannot communicate.
  9. Autism is not a disease, rather a disability that every day I strive to become an A-bility. ~ Kerry Magro
  10. Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say.
  11. I’m not perfect but I’m original
  12. Different, not less. ~ Temple Grandin
  13. Be bold, or italic, never normal 
  14. Different is beautiful
  15. If someone calls you “awkward,” just know that it means you’re “unique” and a lot better than “ordinary”. ~ Kerry Magro
  16. Ignorance is all around us but awareness is around the corner if we want it to be.
  17. Feeling sorry for myself will get me nowhere.
  18. We need to stop labeling and instead integrate, “people with people” in our communities who have different needs.
  19. Autism is not a disease, rather a disability that every day I strive to become an A-bility. ~ Kerry Magro
  20. Inclusion in schools will never mean I’m secluded from an education
  21. If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism. ~ Stephen Shore

What quotes would you add to this list? Please share your favorites in the comments!