Why you need to stop using the puzzle piece to represent autistic people

Really great post! It really says so much that I would love to put into words, myself. But because it’s already been done, I can just reblog it, and others can enjoy the original 🙂

Autistic Alex

I hate the puzzle piece. I hate it with every fiber of my being. Therefore, since in a lot of places it’s national autism awareness month, I’m going to write about why you shouldn’t use the puzzle piece.

First; a little history on the puzzle piece. It was originally a national autistic society symbol. It’s history is documented here , towards the end of the piece, but the important bits regarding the puzzle piece are quoted lower down here. (trigger warning for ableism on that piece).

That first logo was this.

[Image description] A disembodied weeping head on a puzzle piece. [Image description] A disembodied weeping head on a puzzle piece. “’The Committee decided that the symbol of the Society should be the puzzle as this did not look like any other commercial or charitable one as far as they could discover’. It first appeared on our stationary and then on our newsletter in April 1963. Our Society was the…

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2 thoughts on “Why you need to stop using the puzzle piece to represent autistic people

  1. I’m in that awkward position of a website having shared my article, but adding in their own puzzle pieces. I haven’t said anything. I don’t have it spare today…

    But oh god I hate the puzzle.

    Autism is the key, not the puzzle!

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