Top 29 Autism Awareness Sayings, Slogans, and Quotes for Shirts
According to the Center for Disease Control’s 2018 study, 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Chances are very high that you have talked to, worked with, played with, or done anything with someone who is on the Autism Spectrum.
There are a lot of misconceptions about Autism: that all Autistic people are mentally handicapped, that vaccines are the cause of Autism, that Autistic people are scary and mean and cannot do anything for themselves.
While there are some cases where two of those things are true (for the last time, no, vaccines DO NOT cause Autism), it is not universally the case. Autism is a complex and diverse disorder that can affect each person differently.
The one commonality: People with Autism are still people. Want to show your support for the millions afflicted with ASD? Do you have Autism and want the world to know? A t-shirt is a great, low-cost way to show you support and that you care.
Below are the 29 best, inspiring, hilarious, and heartfelt quotes and slogans for your Autism Awareness t-shirts.
1. I have autism and I think you’re weird too.
- The best shirts always have a bit of sass. Show your sassy side with this slogan!
2. Autism is not contagious, ignorance is.
- A great way to tell people that ignorance is DEFINITELY not bliss.
3. Advocate, Educate, Love, Accept.
- A short, easy to remember slogan that would look great on a shirt.
4. Autism is not a disability, it’s a different ability.
- Just because ASD says it is a “Disorder,” does not mean it is a bad thing!
5. Always Unique Totally Interesting Sometimes Mysterious
- Acrostics are great ways to get your point across.
6. Just because I can’t talk doesn’t mean I don’t understand
- A gentle reminder to those who think the amount you speak equates to how smart you are. Ever notice how the people who talk the most, know the least?
7. Warning: I have an extra Chromosome and I know how to use it
- The only danger my extra Chromosome presents… IS TO YOU!
8. Autism, embrace the amazing
- A simple slogan that really cuts to the core of the issue.
9. People with AUTISM do not lie, do not judge, do not play mind games. Maybe we can learn something from them.
- Some people like to focus on the “drawbacks” of being Autistic and never think about what we can learn from their behavior.
10. I am not Rude, hyper, or weird. I have Aspergers. What’s your excuse?
- I have nothing clever to say, the slogan just says it all.
11. Differently abled, not disabled
- A small, but very important distinction that some people fail to make.
12. Autism doesn’t makes me an Alien
- If aliens did visit Earth, we would probably want someone with Autism to speak to them. They are more likely to not get us blown up.
13. Autism is my superpower
- A classic, but a classic for a reason. What’s your superpower?
14. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
- Embrace your weirdness. Embrace what makes you different!
15. Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is.
- People tend to think Autism is “the worst thing that can happen to someone”. They could not be more wrong.
16. “Autism is part of who I am.” - Dr. Temple Grandin
- Dr. Temple Grandin is a world renowned professor of Animal Sciences. She has been instrumental in telling the world about what it is like to have Autism and how it affects her work. So take her word for it, she has lived it!
17. “Children with autism are colorful- they are often beautiful, and like the rainbow, they stand out” -Adele Devine
- Adele Devine is a Special Needs teacher in the UK. She focuses on teaching young people with severe learning difficulties and kids who are on the Autism Spectrum. If anyone knows about kids with Autism, it is her!
18. “A child with autism is not ignoring you, they are simply waiting for you to enter their world.” -Autism Treatment Center of America®
- The Autism Treatment Center of America is run by the creators of the world renowned program called the “Son-Rise Program”. The program is so successful that you can now participate in it online!
19. “Autism is part of my child, it's not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis.” -S.L. Coelho
- S.L. Coelho is an author and parent of a child with Autism. Her quote captures the thoughts and feelings of all parents with Autistic children.
20. “I do not suffer from Autism, but I do suffer from the way you treat me.” -Tyler Durden, Fight Club
- Yes, Tyler Durden of Fight Club fame has Autism. The first rule? Spread the word about Autism. It can help end the stigma.
21. “Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.” -Tori Amos
- Tori Amos is a musician and advocate who often writes and talks about the “outcasts” of society. You don’t have to fit into a box to be successful!
22. “It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.” -Coach Elaine Hall
- Elaine Hall was an acting coach until her son was diagnosed with severe Autism. She went on to develop The Seven Keys to Unlock Autism which served as the basis for her organization The Miracle Project. She’s a great advocate to have on our side!
23. “Sometimes real superheroes live in the hearts of small children fighting big battles.” -Unknown
- Kids really are the strongest fighters. They face big battles with smiles on their faces and lots of love in their hearts. We can’t underestimate the power and fight that these kids have.
24. “Autists are the ultimate square pegs, and the problem with pounding a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work. It’s that you’re destroying the peg.” -Paul Collins
- Paul Collins, author of Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism, is a writer and parent to a kid with Autism. His journey to understand his son’s diagnosis sends him on a medical journey all over the world and deep into the past.
25. “All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them.” -Magic Johnson
- Magic Johnson is not a stranger to adversity. After retiring from the NBA, he became a spokesman for HIV/AIDS from which he suffers. His above quote is a testament to the power of kids and their ability to conquer mountains.
26. “Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s going to be a way through it.” -Michael J. Fox
- Michael J. Fox has Parkinson’s, a disease that affects his way of life, every little bit of it. His quote about acceptance is a great parallel for parents of kids with Autism or individuals with Autism who cannot come to terms with their new way of life. There is always a way through!
27. “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” -Christopher Reeve
- Christopher Reeve played Superman in several movies. After being tossed from his horse, he became a quadraplegic. Of course, this did not stop him from being Superman. He used his star power and initiative to advocate and speak up for those who also suffered from spinal cord injuries. His quote exemplifies the power of hope.
28. “It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.” -Dr. Temple Grandin
- Dr. Grandin was named one of Time Magazine’s “Time 100” in 2010, which is their annual list of the most influential people in the world. She earned a well deserved spot in their “Heroes” section.
29. “The world needs all types of minds.” -Dr. Temple Grandin
- Dr. Grandin is not just an animal doctor. She is also the inventor of the “Hug Box,” a device to calm people who are on the Autism Spectrum. This device does, well, exactly what you would think. It “hugs” the user and helps them focus on calming down by coddling some of their senses during a sensory overload. She has also adapted it to work with animals who may need sensory help as well.
Autism is not a bad thing. It is just something people live with, grow with, enjoy. Of course, not everyone knows this. Now that you have seen all of the good quotes and slogans we have for shirts, help spread the word! Autism Awareness Month is every year in April.
Doing a t-shirt fundraiser is one of the best, most cost effective way to not only spread the word, but actively make a difference for those who have Autism. We can have your shirts ready for your school or organizations next big fundraiser.
There are so many organizations for Autism Awareness that you can use the funds to donate to. Show your support to those who have been diagnosed and are living with Autism by wearing any one of the great shirts we offer!