1. 10

    In special education, there's too much emphasis placed on the deficit and not enough on the strength.

    40
  2. 9

    I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream.

    57
  3. 8

    I think one of the worst things schools have done is taken out all of the stuff like art, music, woodworking, sewing, cooking, welding, auto-shop. All these things you can turn into careers. How can you get interested in these careers if you don't try them on a little bit?

    59
  4. 7

    People are always looking for the single magic bullet that will totally change everything. There is no single magic bullet.

    61
  5. 6

    If you have a 2 or 3 year old who is not talking, you must start an early intervention program. The worst thing you can do with an autistic 3 year old is to do nothing.

    63
  6. 5

    I strongly recommend that students with autism get involved in special interest clubs in some of the areas they naturally excel at. Being with people who share your interests makes socializing easier.

    80
  7. 4

    A treatment method or an educational method that will work for one child may not work for another child. The one common denominator for all of the young children is that early intervention does work, and it seems to improve the prognosis.

    84
  8. 3

    I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we've got to do it right. We've got to give those animals a decent life, and we've got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.

    87
  9. 2

    I am different, not less

    105
  10. 1

    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.

    110
  11. Last Update: 6 February 2023

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