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Is there a right way?

Last year, in the beginning panic of the pandemic, I read a Facebook post by a mom whose child had just been diagnosed with autism. She was asking how it was “appropriate” to celebrate Autism Awareness Month. As so many of us do, she had researched her child’s condition online, and was inundated with information. She was accepting their diagnosis, and wanted to raise awareness, but didn’t know how. And as I read it, I remember thinking, “Bless her heart.” With all that she was dealing with, this was one more thing.

The puzzle piece is perhaps the most well-known image associated with autism. Here’s a quick history: