From the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in the US, “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. Although autism can be diagnosed at any age, it is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms generally appear in the first 2 years of life.
Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience. People of all genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds can be diagnosed with ASD.” Learn more about autism signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, and therapies on the NIMH ASD website.
The United Nations has a World Autism Day yearly on April 2nd. The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. The group Autism Speaks promotes “Light It Up Blue” on April 2nd which involves “landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world light blue on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) in recognition of people with autism.”
Different colors have been used to bring awareness to autism. It has been a multi-colored puzzle piece and more recently with the emphasis on the color blue from Autism Speaks. The spectrum of color was a reference to the autism being considered a spectrum disorder. The puzzle piece was a reference to the neurodiversity of autism. The use of a butterfly or infinity has been used as well.
The autism awareness ribbon is available on a variety of gifts and merchandise that already have a variety of ASD messages. There are also blank puzzle piece awareness ribbon and light blue awareness ribbon gifts options too. All items in the Awareness Gallery store can be customized with your own words and images.
This ribbon art can also be available through the non-profit, DonnaBellas Angels. It provides inspirational art for mental health wellness. Email us at email@example.com.