14 Quotes That Inspire Me as a Disability Advocate


This year will be my eighth year as a disability advocate. During that time I’ve received accreditation as a national speaker, worked on several autism-related films and written two best-selling books. I was diagnosed with autism when I was 4. Looking back, I could tell you I never saw advocating as something I’d be doing today as an adult.

On this road, I’ve seen so many beautiful quotes from members of our community. On my tougher days, these words have inspired me; they’ve reminded me that what we’re doing as advocates is making a difference.

Last night I took out a piece of paper and wrote out a few of my favorites that I wanted to share.

  1. “Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You!” — Dr. Seuss
  2. “Autism can’t define me. I define autism.” — Kerry Magro (me!)
  3. “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” — Maya Angelou
  4. “Normal is just a dryer setting.” — Patsy Clairmont
  5. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” — Scott Hamilton
  6. “I’m great at several things and broken in none.” — Kerry Magro
  7. “My ability is stronger than my disability.” — Luke Watson
  8. “When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.” — Anne Wafula Strike
  9. “Autism is not a disease, rather a disability that every day I strive to become an A-bility.” — Kerry Magro
  10. “I am different, not less.” — Temple Grandin
  11. “If someone calls you ‘awkward,’ just know that it means you’re unique”and a lot better than ordinary.” — Kerry Magro
  12. “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you’re needed by someone.” — Martina Navratilova
  13. “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.” — Stephen Shore
  14. “Attacking people with disabilities is the lowest display of power I can think of.” — Morgan Freeman

Autism can't define me...I define

 What quotes would you add to this list? Please share your favorites in the comments!

This post originally appeared on KerryMagro.com.


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