The Jigsaw Ribbon and Autism Awareness

Since 2008, Joshua Neale Wolcott has worked as the director of operations for Cimmaron Resources, Inc., a Denver-based oil and gas company. Outside of work, Joshua Wolcott supports the work of several nonprofit organizations, especially those promoting autism awareness.

For more than 50 years, the jigsaw ribbon has been the symbol used to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which causes complex neurodevelopment problems in one out of every 68 children in the United States. The ribbon, which was created by the National Autistic Society in 1963, consists of interconnecting puzzle pieces in several bright colors, including red, yellow, and blue.

The ribbon’s design is meant to represent the complexity of ASD and the diversity of people who are dealing with it on a daily basis. For many, the puzzle ribbon also represents the nature of those with the disorder, who sometimes behave mechanically and often have trouble fitting in socially. The ribbon’s main function is to call attention to ASD and encourage research that will help find treatments for the disorder.

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