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Study Shows that Puzzle Pieces Evoke Negativity from the Public

[Source: Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism]

Why was the study conducted?

They’re everywhere. On the lapels of NCAA basketball coaches during the Final Four. On a FOX reporter’s bowtie during the World Series. On bumper stickers, backpacks, bracelets, beer koozies, tote bags, and the background of a prime-time soap opera.

They are puzzle pieces intended to represent autism (and autistic people).

Symbolizing autism with a puzzle piece began with the UK’s National Autistic Society:

“… designed by a [non-autistic] parent … It first appeared on our stationary and then on our newsletter in April 1963. Our Society was the first autistic society in the world, and our puzzle piece has … been adopted by all the autistic societies which have followed.”

The puzzle piece was chosen, as Helen Green Allison later related, “because it tells us something about autism: our children are handicapped by a puzzling condition; this isolates them from normal human contact and therefore they do not ‘fit in’.”

Read the Rest of this Article on Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism

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