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US Autism & Asperger Association

September 20, 2013

During the USAAA 2013 World Conference Self-Advocacy Panel on Saturday, August 17, conference moderator Theresa Wrangham asked the panel "to leave us with one thing that you want our audience to know that you feel is important". The following are quotes from the panelists and the entire 90 minute video is available for download at Be sure to click on the Saturday recordings tab at this link to locate the self-advocacy panel video, #21.

Self-Advocacy Panel Quotes
"I want people to understand what it is like to live with autism and how hard you have to work. There is a fine line of pushing them versus letting it be. You don't want them to sit around and watch TV all day. Embrace them. Accept them for who they are and understand their limits."
Christine Motokane, College student

"Don't give up because everything changes. You can turn around the next corner and something beautiful that you have never seen will be there. Don't give up on your vision - don't give up on your goals. Enjoy your life and celebrate what you have in your children."
Michael P. McManmon, EdD, Licensed psychologist; Founder, College Internship Program

"I'm just going to go with the epigram I used for my book, 'Parallel Play' which has been attributed to Plato and to a lot of other people and seems to come from somebody named Philo of Alexandria, maybe, but whoever said it, the wisdom is good and it's true for neurotypical and autistic alike and that is, 'Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle'."
Tim Page, DFA, Professor at University of Southern California at both the Thornton School of Music and the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

"Just remember that even people who are neurotypical think differently than the person they are sitting next to, there is no slant line of thought or expression. Everyone one is different regardless of whether or not they have autism, and we can be just as successful as other people. You just need to give us a chance to succeed and we will succeed beyond anyone's expectations and we will go farther than anyone every thought we would."
BrookeLynne Sanders, High school student

"Mahatma Ghandi said, 'The world is not our inheritance for our ancestors, but a gift to us by our children and therefore we must leave it the way we found it'. When I think about that in connection to not just environmentalism but also to autism, we are our fighting our fights today just to survive. But we need to also realize that that fight continues tomorrow and continues for another generation and another generation and another generation and as Brooke said it also continues for the neurotypical community. I strongly believe that we have to be cohesive; we have to be a million ants carrying the boulder, not one ant or six ants carrying the boulder. Every single one of you are part of this. We have to together, step out of these doors today and decide to make change, and not just survival change. I'm a fighter. I survive because I know what I'm doing will make effective changes on other people's lives. I can do that and so can you. In the smallest of actions are the greatest of effects." |
Christopher M. Gauthier, MFA, Assistant Professor of Art, Photography, Utah State University

Sample of the Self Advocacy Panel
Click here to view a five minute portion of the 90 minute Self-Advocacy Panel.

Video Downloads
Don't forget to order your video downloads at Recapture this extraordinary 90 minute Self-Advocacy Panel and the entire conference. Be sure to watch the Exclusive "One on One" with Dr. Temple Grandin. For those of you who witnessed this incredible "One on One" with Temple, you can see it again on video download and for those of you who couldn't attend this presentation and unique interview, go to now to place your order.

The information presented at USAAA conferences is provided for informational purposes only. The content is not intended in any way to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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