“You’re not going to have a 5-year-old autistic kid smoking a 5-inch blunt, having a competition with his buddies to see how much he can smoke.”
“Ignorance is no match for an army of grandmas.”
“The last time I looked someone in the eye for five consecutive seconds, I proposed.”
“This is not for kids with moderate autism who are talking but have difficulty socializing; this is for kids who are going to be dead if they’re not restrained.”
“Research is always an intellectual exercise, but there’s also an important social justice aspect. Our goal is to make the world a better place. The question then is: For whom?”
“To me, taking advantage of parents’ desperate desire to do anything to help their children is the lowest form of quackery.”
“To give away your data two years before publishing it, who the hell does that?”
“I’m not meant to be squeezed in that box. I’m beside it. I’m in-between and I’m comfortable being in-between.”
Ollie, a 9-year-old transgender child with autism.
“The allure of that one magic thing was so strong, rational thinking was suspended again and again.”
Ariane Zurcher, mother of a 14-year-old girl with autism, on why she spent years pursuing ‘fringe’ therapies for her daughter’s condition.