The origins of the puzzle piece, the primary symbol for autism, go back to 1963. It was created by Gerald Gasson, a parent and board member for the National Autistic Society (formerly The Society for Autistic Children) in London.
There are plenty of detailed articles available online that articulate why some condemn this symbol. This post aims to concisely summarize why the puzzle piece logo has become so problematic for many in the Autistic community.
The question of how we define ourselves, and others, is a complicated subject for anyone. But for those who have autism, or study it, the question is even trickier. That’s because there is a fundamental disagreement over this: Should we say that someone is autistic? Or that they have autism?
“Even the smallest act of kindness can mean the world to someone.” Sometimes the smallest adaptation can make a huge difference for a person living with autism. That’s exactly what an Ohio barber learned firsthand when Brycen Juby came into his barbershop for a haircut.
Rather than put blind people in danger, A Life Worth Living animated their life experiences while using a white cane in the community so we can be aware of the hazards that can be easily prevented.