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A Puzzle? A ribbon? What does it mean to you?

September 15, 2009

I have been wanting to find an “autism” symbol of some sort to wear as a ring or possibly necklace… something to subtly let others know that I have an “autistic family”.

But the more I look at the symbols that predominate the Autism Awareness landscape, the more I wonder just what do those symbols mean to me, or to anyone else for that matter.

There have been many occasions in which I’ve exclaimed in specialist appointments that my daughter is a diagnostic mystery/puzzle. But, that’s not to say that I mean she is a weird strange puzzle of a person and must be stigmatized or cast as so.

I also don’t like to follow other autistic trends of “defeating autism”, or the hysteria over heavy metals and chelation, or the GFCF movement. And by these points, the puzzle piece could symbolize the desire to “cure” or “defeat” autism.

I simply like to accept my daughter for who she is, and try as hard as I can to enjoy the magic carpet ride. Some days are an emotional sludge in which all of us are drained by tantrums and uncontrollable behavior. Many days are joyous and exciting, for so many reasons too. Wow! My daughter requested music today by tapping on the cd player! Wow! I took my daughter to the pool and her excitement and giggles were joyous enough to bring even the darkest depressed person into a moment of delight.

So, where am I going with all of this? Oh yeah, I was just googling around for autistic awareness *stuff* and “got myself to wonderin’ what it all means anyway”…

Maybe I should come up with my own symbol for autism awareness. How about a good old fashioned t-shirt that simply says, “autism”.

In my googling, I found an interesting post from a blogger on the spectrum. I feel that I can relate to his POV.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2009 6:36 am

    How about a mobius strip?

    • fayezie permalink*
      September 16, 2009 12:44 pm

      good idea… hey they should make plastic/malleable mobius strips for autistic kids to play with.

      to answer my own question, I went on one of those t-shirt printing websites and ordered a t-shirt that just says “autism”… tis better than wearing the cheesy t-shirts that say “somebody with autism loves me”…. cry me a river… 🙂

  2. fayezie permalink*
    September 16, 2009 9:25 pm

    Ya know, next time I should get a t-shirt that says “cure jenny mccarthy”…

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