We have come along way since then and know a lot more about autism, social representations change over time. Autistic people do fit in society, so the NAS updated their logo. People with autism and parents are always challenging the way autism is portrayed. There is so much negative press, an image of a puzzle, with a piece missing, simply does nothing to raise positive awareness with the general public.“The usage of the infinity symbol as a representation of autism, started by Aspies For Freedom in June 2004, was a reaction to the negative connotations associated with the jigsaw symbol commonly used by parents to represent autism. The jigsaw symbol is seen by much of the autistic community as an insulting reference to the fact that autistics can appear puzzling, in need of "fitting in" with society, or as having "a bit missing". It was felt that the infinity symbol better represents autistics by representing logic, persistence, perseverance, and unity of form.”
“Autistics. Org has responded to us parents by selling a button that reads, "I am not a puzzle, I am a person." In addition, Oddizms has created a rainbow moebius ring with the statement: "Many autism spectrum adults object to being objectified by the puzzle ribbon ... They want a different symbol and here is my offering"I feel as parents we should listen to autistic people themselves. As the National autistic societies have updated their logos and their thinking - so should we parents. And if you haven't seen it yet - you must watch Bevs video.
Joeymom has also been busy!