Autism Awareness: The Autism Awareness Ribbon
I’m going to be honest with you… Almost everyday, I see someone with the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon, but I have NEVER seen anyone with an autism awareness ribbon; so this means that not enough of us are raising autism awareness. For those of you who are unaware, the autism awareness ribbon is beautiful; it is a ribbon that is composed of colorful puzzle pieces and this puzzle ribbon was adopted in 1999. Although I found the ribbon gorgeous, I wasn’t sure about what the significance of the puzzle pieces was. I went on http://www.autism-society.org, and it clearly stated the significance of the ribbon:
The puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum. The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope — hope that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and access to appropriate services/supports, people with autism will lead full lives able to interact with the world on the own terms.
Thanks for reading! This week I will post part two of Tanya’s story… For those of you who haven’t read part 1, visit: http://www.ladyendigee.com/letter-from-tanya-smith-part-1/ ; if you haven’t read it, read it now! It’s a must!