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  • Angela

    I have a child with autism and he loves the puzzle piece symbol. Although he doesn’t like all the colors he likes the one that you can buy in blue. He doesn’t see it the way you have described he sees it as all people are different but when you get all the pieces together what a wonderful and beautiful pitcher it makes.

    • Jenna

      Thanks for the comment Angela! I have heard other people describe the puzzle piece in the same way your son does. Some other opinions are discussed in this article: http://the-art-of-autism.com/the-autism-puzzle-piece-a-symbol-of-what/

      Individuals have the right to view/interpret the puzzle piece in their own ways. I think it’s important for parents to understand all of the interpretations of the symbol to raise awareness of the best ways to support autism acceptance. I think some people take issue with the symbol because the origins of it don’t necessarily fit the interpretation you are describing. That being said, I think the image has evolved to mean much more than what it did (as you’ve shown), and many are finding ways to use the symbol to promote autism acceptance. I love your son’s interpretation. I think it’s important to share. Thanks for sharing it!

    • Angelika

      Angela, I love the way you described your son’s perspective. Similarly, our family celebrates the gifts that my son has because of his Autism, and how unique we all are. We have only talked about the symbol once because my son asked why it was used in association with Autism when we were behind a car with the bumper sticker. His twin brother (not Autistic) piped in right away to answer him. It was really sweet, and sounded much like what your son sees it as. We have never felt the need to have anything with a puzzle piece on it, but as a parent it makes me feel good to see all the people that are supportive and aware of Autism.

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