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(Inside: After learning about the autism puzzle piece being offensive, Autistic Mama is saying goodbye to the puzzle piece for good!)

I do my best to be the best autistic advocate I can be.

I speak out against Autism Speaks.

I talk about the problems with Light it up Blue until I’m blue in the face.

I call out ableism whenever I see it, and yet I missed something huge.

The “puzzle piece” that has come to represent autism for so long, is offensive.

See, the other day I came across an article about a major autism journal getting rid of the puzzle piece.

I was surprised.

See, I knew the blue puzzle piece was bad. But I had no idea that puzzles, in general, had such a negative connotation…

So we’re saying goodbye to the puzzle piece here at Autistic Mama, and I wanted to explain why with this post.

Saying Goodbye to the Puzzle Piece on AutisticMama.com

Saying Goodbye to the Puzzle Piece

I asked in our Embracing Autism Facebook group.


I was ready to hear a bunch of people on both sides.

I was shocked to see an almost unified decision: Autism is DONE being represented by the puzzle piece.

What’s Wrong with the Puzzle Piece?

The puzzle piece gives the symbolism that autistic people are a problem to be solved.

There’s also the fact that puzzles are typically something played by children, and it tends to promote a stereotype that autism is a children’s diagnosis.

Even Autistics Get it Wrong Sometimes

I have a blogger friend who’s son just got an autism diagnosis. And even though she writes a parenting blog, and writes extensively on sensory struggles, she won’t write about autism.

“Kaylene, no one can talk about autism ‘the right way’, and I am terrified to write it wrong.”

I understand her fear.

The autistic community debates on identity language versus person-first language.

We debate about disabled advocates and “warrior moms”.

We’re all in this space trying to do what’s best.

I’m an autistic advocate, and this time I got it wrong.

Sometimes even autistic people can be ableist.

When You Know Better You Do Better

Now I’m making a change.

As soon as my eyes were opened to the offense the puzzle piece caused, I knew my logo had to go.

It didn’t matter that I loved it. It didn’t matter that, as an autistic self-advocate, I didn’t personally find it offensive.

When you know better, you do better. And today, I know better.

Saying Goodbye to the Puzzle Piece, and Introducing the Infinity Logo

So now I have my new logo.

I’m a little in love.

See, infinity symbols are kind of my thing.

I have a tattoo designed (I haven’t done it yet… I keep having babies!) that incorporates an infinity symbol.

I had rings with my best friend with infinity symbols.

Basic point: infinity symbols are my jam. And now I get to use one in my logo.

This new logo is no longer offensive and perfectly me.

So I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.

What did you think of the puzzle piece? What do you think of the new infinity logo?