I’ve compiled 7 great quotations from some of my online friends with Aspergers.
You may wonder why I am using Aspergers and autism spectrum interchangeably. For better or worse, it appears that the term Aspergers will be ‘folded into’ the broader term, ‘autism spectrum.’ So that’s why, I am using both terms together.
Without further ado, here are the quotations.
The Dignity of (Aspie) Personhood
Brian King, licensed clinical social work and coach, himself diagnosed with Asperger’s, has provided one of the most profound illustrations of Asperger’s I think I’ve ever read.
The quote below illustrates the beauty of neurodiversity.
He wrote an article called, Why the Universe Created Asperger’s. He speaks about autism spectrum conditions as “Specialized Brains” and ‘neurotypical’ brains as “Generalized Brains.” Here’s my favorite part of the article:
Philosophically speaking the sudden rise in Autism/Asperger’s could be a universal response to human developmental stagnation. Either that, or we’ve just broadened our understanding of the nature of the Specialized/Autistic brain. Whatever the reason, I contend that Autism and Neurotypical are two sides of the same coin, Heads and Tails, Night and Day, complimentary forces that work together, grow together, make each other better and are necessary for each other’s existence.In order to insure the continued growth and prosperity of both populations our society requires a major shift in the mindset that the Autistic is a Neurotypical waiting to happen. My gift of specialized thinking aided through the lens of the Yin Yang concept leads me to conclude that God made us both and wants us both and it is our tendencies toward egocentricity that throw water on the fire our creator has provided.
In her book, Asperger’s on the Job, Rudy Simone shares some helpful quotations regarding the unique talents of individuals on the autism spectrum:
“People with AS (Asperger’s Syndrome) possess a diligent, perfectionist attention to detail; these two factors will ensure that as long as your AS employee knows what you want or need, you can trust them to do the job right.”
“The Aspergian ability to focus on tasks for a long period of time without supervision or incentive is legendary.
“…those with Asperger’s possess some extremely useful, important, creative, and marketable skills that employers are missing out on.”
Relating To The Social World
John Elder Robison, author of Be Different: The Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian, shares this helpful tip:
“Simply making myself aware of others has remarkably improved my social life. People accept me much faster now that I ignore them less.”
How To Speak So An NT Will Listen
Again, Rudy Simone, author of Asperger’s on the Job, offers some helpful advice:
“If you shoot your words like an arrow (directness) at their recipient, that person will likely recoil from them. If you gift wrap your words (tact), the recipient will be more likely to want to accept your package (the point you want to make) and take it in.”
Aspergers and Self-Esteem
Liane Holliday Willey, author of Pretending To Be Normal: Living With Asperger’s Sydnrome, has this to say:
“Too often those with AS get lost in a world of discouragement and damaged self-esteem, and in that world there are few avenues for happiness. I try, at every opportunity I am given, to show both my daughter and myself that so long as we are soundly willing, we can find a way to create good things for ourselves – no matter what.”
Cultivate Your Talents and Interests
Travis Meeks, a successful Asperger’s musician, said this:
” My art is my mentor and through my stories of trials and tribulations, it has taught me to stay grounded in what I believe in. I want to give back to the world my experiences, and influences from what I’ve learned.”
Be Willing To Work (Hard) On Your Weaknesses
Here’s a quote from an interview between Alex Plank of Wrong Planet, and Heather Kuzmich, an Asperger’s woman who appeared on America’s Next Top Model.
Alex: What do you recommend for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome who want to overcome the social problems that come along with this condition? Do you have any advice for them?
Heather: Umm… Yeah. Make sure that you keep don’t keep a losing mentality. It’s very easy for those with Asperger’s to be… or see something and be really like stuck on it. Either it’s going to go good or go bad. and be really stuck on it. and just not think that you know, its going to be positive no matter what. Another thing is it really does help to practice your speech in front of a mirror and to you know. It also helps to really force yourself to put yourself in social situations. Because shunning away… I mean, I know it’s hard to get into social situations but shunning is just not going to help. It’s better to just bite the bullet and go through it than not doing it at all and not changing.
I hope you enjoyed these great autism spectrum quotes. Do you know of other ones I didn’t think of that you would like to share?