quote by Hans Asperger

It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential.

— Hans Asperger

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People will make a life in their own terms, whether they are deaf or colorblind or autistic or whatever. And their world will be quite as rich and interesting and full as our world.

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.

We are convinced, then, that autistic people have their place in the organism of the social community. They fulfil their role well, perhaps better than anyone else could, and we are talking of people who as children had the greatest difficulties and caused untold worries to their care-givers.

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.


The autistic personality is an extreme variant of male intelligence.

Nobel prize-calibre geniuses often have certain core autistic features at their heart.

I know of nobody who is purely autistic, or purely neurotypical.

Even God has some autistic moments, which is why the planets spin.

If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not. Autism is part of what I am.

Christians need to take the lead in educating people that children are gifts, as my autistic grandson most surely is. By going down the path we're currently on, we might one day get rid of genetic diseases, but only at the cost of our own humanity.


You have got to keep autistic children engaged with the world. You cannot let them tune out.

Our difficulty is that we have become autistic.

We no longer listen to what the Earth, its landscape, its atmospheric phenomena and all its living forms, its mountains and valleys, the rain, the wind, and all the flora and fauna of the planet are telling us.

As you may know, some of the stereotyped behaviors exhibited by autistic children are also found in zoo animals who are raised in a barren environment.

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.

At one point, my house was a school for autistic children.

I opened up my doors to about 30 kids and their families at the time. I was turning into Mary Poppins because I had to do something for these kids who have nowhere to go. So my house was the school for two years.


Autistic children are extremely bright if you can connect to them and bring them into our world. Socially it's really hard for them, but it can happen.

Looking ahead, future generations may learn their social skills from robots in the first place. The cute yellow Keepon robot from Carnegie Mellon University has shown the ability to facilitate social interactions with autistic children. Morphy at the University of Washington happily teaches gestures to children by demonstration.

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.

Some teachers just have a knack for working with autistic children. Other teachers do not have it.

I know a number of autistic adults that are doing extremely well on Prozac.


I don't often know where my ideas come from.

Maybe it's the fact that I'm obsessively regimented in my analysis, borderline autistic. But whether it's bond selection or asset allocation, we can do it better than just about anybody around.

Engineers are all basically high-functioning autistics who have no idea how normal people do stuff.

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.

The autistic brain tends to be a specialist brain, good at one thing, bad at something else.

In the 50s and 60s, kids were taught how to shake hands.

They were taught how to have manners. There needs to be a lot more of that kind of stuff because the autistic mind doesn't pick up social things and subtle cues.


Autism's a very big spectrum. At one end of the spectrum, Einstein would probably be labeled autistic, Steve Jobs, half of Silicon Valley, you know, Van Gogh. And at the other end of the spectrum, you got much more severe handicaps where they never learn to speak.

Autism doesn't have to define a person.

Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.

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.

Some autistic children cannot stand the sound of certain voices.

I have come across cases where teachers tell me that certain children have problems with their voice or another person's voice. This problem tends to be related to high-pitched ladies' voices.

You have to get autistic kids out and expose them to things, but do this without any surprises, so they know what to expect. You have to find skilled mentors to teach them things. For me, it was an aunt, and it was my science teacher. You need to find the things they're interested in and good at and expand on this.


I think that autistic brains tend to be specialized brains.

Autistic people tend to be less social. It takes a ton of processor space in the brain to have all the social circuits. I mean after all, the first stone spear was not designed by the totally social people.

My brother is severely autistic, so when I was a kid I spent a lot of time as a teenager in camps and programs for autistic kids. When I went to McGill as an undergraduate, I figured I'd be a therapist working with these kids. The truth is, and I knew this even back then, I'm just not good at this. I'm too empathic to do this sort of thing.

Certainly not everybody that is different is necessarily autistic, but there are a lot of undiagnosed people and it’s not necessarily something that needs to have attention to it, unless that person is feeling uncomfortable in the world or they need extra help or something.

Vaccination programs were instituted in the late 1930s, and the first handful of autistic babies were noted in the early 1940s. When vaccination programs were expanded after the war, the number of autistic children increased greatly.

Mom worked with autistic children.

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