Updated: Jul 2
At Divine Academy, we strive to help children with autism and special needs reach their full potential. Our vision is to reach as many students with special needs as possible in our community, providing the necessary tools to live, work, and enjoy life to their fullest potential. Here are some of our favorite quotes about autism and special needs:
"Everyone has a mountain to climb and autism has not been my mountain, it has been my opportunity for victory."
- Rachel Barcellona
Rachel Barcellona is the first beauty pageant contestant with autism to compete in Miss Florida.
“Adapting our own perception, following rather than leading and building bridges are all keys to helping the child with autism learn.”
- Adele Devine
Adele Devine is a Special Needs teacher at a school for young people with severe learning difficulties and autism in Surrey, UK.
"All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them."
- Magic Johnson
"I see your true colors. That's why I love you."
"What makes you different, makes you beautiful."
"Autism makes you listen louder. It makes you pay attention to an emotional level as well as an intellectual level."
- Jace King
“The most interesting people you’ll find are ones that don’t fit into your average cardboard box. They’ll make what they need, they’ll make their own boxes”
- Dr. Temple Grandin
Mary Temple Grandin is a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and an autism spokesperson. She is one of the first individuals on the autism spectrum to document the insights she gained from her personal experience of autism. She is currently a faculty member with Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Colorado State University, United States of America.
"I cannot emphasize enough the importance of a good teacher."
- Dr. Temple Grandin
"Bless those who see life through a different window and those who understand their view."
"Sometimes, all a parent needs to know the impossible is actually possible. Hope goes a long way when it comes to autism."
- Liz Becker
Liz Becker is an author who wrote the book, "Autism and the World According to Matt."
"I will speak for you. I will fight for you. I will advocate for you, so that one day you can do it for yourself."
"When a family focuses on ability instead of disability, all things are possible...Love and acceptance is key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests."
- Amanda Rae Ross
"Autism is part of my child. It's not everything he is. My child is so much more than a diagnosis."
- S.L. Coelho
"Autism offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by."
- Dr. Colin Zimbleman
Colin Zimbleman received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California. He currently works as a therapist for STAR Autism Inc. in Ventura, California.
"Do not fear people with autism, embrace them. Do not spite people with autism, unite them. Do not deny people with autism, accept them. For then, their abilities will shine."
- Paul Isaacs
In 2010, Paul presented his first speech for a local company called Autism Oxford and currently still works their as a trainer, speaker and consultant in Autism presenting speeches in the UK on a range of topics such as sensory issues, communication profiles, learning profiles, mental health, co-conditions, employment, education and more.
"It was natural for me to see music and its many facets as pictures in my head. It never occurred to me that others couldn't see what I saw."
- Dr. Stephen Shore
Dr. Stephen Shore is a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education.
"To measure the success of our societies, we should examine how well those with different abilities, including people with autism, are integrated as full and valued members."
- Ban Ki-moon
"Do just once what others say you can't, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again."
- James R. Cook
"I've learned that every human being, with or without disabilities, needs to strive to do their best, and by striving for happiness you will arrive at happiness. For us, you see, having autism is normal-so we can't know for sure what your 'normal' is even like. But so long as we can learn to love ourselves, I'm not sure how much it matters whether we're normal or have autism."
- Naoki Higashida
Naoki Higashida is a writer and an advocate. He has published 15 books with major publishers, from autobiographical accounts on living with autism to fairy tales, poems and illustration books.
"Students with special needs require more than just an education from their teachers. They need support, warmth, and acceptance to reach their full potential."
- Ingrid Garcia
Ingrid Garcia is the co-founder and school director of Divine Academy.
To learn more about Divine Academy, call us now at (954) 499-4638 or visit our website at https://www.divineacademy.com/.