During April we recognize a very important group of individuals, those with autism. About a quarter century ago, the Autism Society began a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness. This awareness revolves around inclusion and self-determination to assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is given the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. Every year organizations around the world celebrate by hosting and taking part in fundraising and awareness events.
During Autism Awareness Month you may recognize recurring symbols and colors including puzzle pieces and the color blue. The puzzle piece symbol stands for the mystery and complexity of ASD. Furthermore, since every puzzle piece is different in some way, this symbol appropriately represents the diversity of individuals affected by ASD.
In addition to the symbolic meaning of the puzzle piece, the official color for Autism Awareness Month is bright royal blue. You may also come across many bright colors which signifying hope – that through increased awareness, early intervention, and appropriate treatments, all people with ASD will be able to lead happier and more complete lives.
To learn more about this movement and to get involved visit www.autismspeaks.org