“These children often show a surprising sensitivity to the personality of the teacher. However difficult they are even under optimal conditions, they can be guided and taught, but only by those who give them true understanding & genuine affection, people who show kindness toward them & yes, humor.” Hans Asperger, 1944
“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.” Temple Grandin.
“…they are a bright thread in the rich tapestry of life. Our civilization would be extremely dull & sterile if we did not have and treasure people with Asperger’s Syndrome.” Tony Attwood, 1996
“And now I know it is perfectly natural for me not to look at someone when I talk. Those of us with Asperger’s are just not comfortable doing it. In fact, I don’t really understand why it’s considered normal to stare at someone’s eyeballs.” John Elder Robison
“Nobel prize-caliber geniuses often have certain core autistic features at their heart” Allan Snyder (director of Sydney University’s Centre for the Mind)
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if I were neurotypical because I would have been interested in social things. Having a little autism helped me achieve my goals and not miss what most people thought I was missing out on.” Evan Delaney Rodgers (autistic politician)
“…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.” Morton Gernsbacher
“Asperger’s syndrome has probably been an important and valuable characteristic of our species throughout evolution.” Tony Attwood