People all over are asking, “What are the autism awareness colors,” and more specifically, “What do the colors represent?”
Well first, a little history. April is Autism Awareness Month. In 2020, we celebrate Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.
Autism Awareness actually became official back in 2008, making 2020 the thirteenth celebration.
There are lots of things that you can expect to see and experience during the month of April. And there are equally as many ways to display autism awareness in your own unique style.
Rock Blue & The Autism Puzzle
The first way is to sport autism awareness colors is to wear lots of blue. Blue is the official color used to represent autism awareness. And you’re sure to see lots of puzzle pieces to go along with blue as well.
The puzzle piece is the symbol synonymous with autism. The puzzle piece communicates the complexity of autism. Not only do we not know it’s cause, but treating persons with autism can be very complicated as well.
So rocking blue and puzzles are definitely one way to say “autism awareness!”
Rock the Autism Awareness Ribbon
Rocking the multicolored autism ribbon is another great option for creating awareness!
The ribbon was originally created by the Autism Society. This organization’s aim is to improve the lives of those affected by autism. Improvement includes anything from increasing awareness, education to support for individuals and families.
The ribbon has a combination of colors including blue, yellow, red and green. These bright colors are intended to draw attention.
However, the colors also reflect the wide nuance within the autism spectrum. Though the ASD diagnosis may be the same for two persons, autism affects each person uniquely.
So sporting your ribbon is one way of sharing your unique story with the world! Your ribbon says you have something one-of-a-kind to share. So do it proudly!
Rock a Tee
Autism awareness t-shirts are one of the most common ways to display the autism colors and the ribbon. Now you shouldn’t have any problem finding autism awareness shirts. In fact, you’ll be able to find one for everyone in the family!
And not just that, you’ll also see shirts for teachers, staff, and professionals that work with autistic children.
Rock an Autism Awareness Tattoo
Last but not least, you can always rock an autism tattoo! Many parents of autistic children get inked to declare their unwavering love for their child. So whether its as simple as a name or a creative design, autism tattoos are a great way to create awareness.
Autism Awareness Month Events
So during the month of April, you can expect to see during the month are lots of autism-related events. These include concerts, workshops, conferences, and autism walks.
These events are all geared toward educating the community and informing individuals about supports. Each community will have different types of support. Regardless, many community organizations will be represented at these events, including schools.
Community Colleges and universities generally have knowledge about what supports exists locally. Also, a simple google search for autism events and organizations near you will offer additional options.
So whether its a tee or a tattoo, a ribbon or a puzzle, find your way to create more autism awareness within your sphere of influence!
A.D. Daisley holds a Masters Degree from the University of Central Florida and has been working in the field as a Behavior Analyst since 2005. He has provided services to children and adults with varying diagnoses such as autism, mental retardation, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His scope of experience also includes coordinating therapy to individuals and families in conjunction with other supports including School Teachers, Adult Day Training Facility Staff (ADT’s) and Speech/Occupational therapists. He is the Director and Behavior Analyst at Alternative Outcomes since 2007. A.D is also the Director of Creátre, a non-profit organization that uses the arts for the purpose of skill training, outreach and to display community leadership.