I hate Autism speaks and everything they stand for. I get it why the puzzle piece is offensive. I really do. The whole blue thing irritates me- I am dreading april. Your blue lights do nothing for my child. And cram your cure, scare-tactics agenda up your ass!!
But yesterday I was at an event. Just a community event. I was there to network with people for my business. Hard enough for me but I notice a lot of people wear necklaces with meaning. I noticed a paw print necklace and we had a lovely chat about our furbabies.
I noticed a blue puzzle piece necklace. As much as I hate Autism Speaks. I knew what that necklace meant. I asked who they were wearing it for and we had a lovely chat about his grandson. I could offer encouragement about how the melt downs will get better. I could provide support & understanding about how hard it is to fight with the school. I loved that I could have a few moments with this person. Maybe they needed encouragement from someone. Maybe they needed to hear that love and patience is really best and no they are not crazy- the schools suck at providing the appropriate supports. Love your grandson for who he is. But I only knew to have this conversation because of that damn blue puzzle piece.