Our Week Online 24/3/2019
by admin – 24 March, 2019
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The Autism Puzzle Piece: A Symbol Thats Going To Stay Or Go
As language evolves, so do symbols.
The origins of the puzzle piece, the primary symbol for autism, go back to 1963. It was created by Gerald Gasson, a parent and board member for the National Autistic Society in London. The board believed autistic people suffered from a puzzling condition. They adopted the logo because it didnt look like any other image used for charitable or commercial use. Included with the puzzle piece was an image of a weeping child. The weeping child was used as a reminder that Autistic people suffer from their condition.
When I researched, I was reminded how far weve come in our use of language to describe people with developmental disabilities. In the 1960s people with developmental disabilities were referred to as mentally handicapped. People with cerebral palsy were called spastics. The label autistic wasnt commonly accepted. Children with autism were thought to be psychotic and were diagnosed as having childhood schizophrenia. Autism was blamed on refrigerator mothers.
To the National Autistic Societys credit, theyve evolved and dont use that image anymore. This is their new image.
I decided to do an informal survey of my friends on Facebook about the puzzle piece logo. Should it stay? Should it go? What would you replace it with?
I received over 100 responses. Some people emailed me off-list. As usual the responses I received were intelligent and thought provoking.
Then there were a big group of people who opposed the symbol.
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Which Colour Represents Autism
When done right, some colours become synonymous with the things they are used to represent. Take for example the healthy green hues of the Samaritans logo or the sleek, futuristic black of the Apple apple. Even in the world of literature, its hard not to see a hopeful yellow background with a powerful red centre and think of Superman. Yes, its a fact that, for any given thing, there is a colour to reflect it. But which colour represents autism?
This is a question which I have seen raised multiple times and, with the help of both my marketing degree and own perspective of being autistic, today I aim to find both an answer to what colour represents autism, while simultaneously frustrating every non-U.K. reader by spelling colourthe correct way the British way.
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What Are The Different Color Ribbons For Diseases
What are the different color ribbons for diseases?
What disease has a purple ribbon?;The purple ribbon lapel pin is used to represent so many great causes! The purple ribbon is most commonly used to raise awareness for animal abuse, Alzheimers disease, domestic violence, epilepsy, lupus, sarcoidosis, Crohns disease and pancreatic cancer.
What are blue ribbons for?;Blue Ribbon Blue ribbon awareness is a symbol of hope for many people. This color represents over 100 causes, including bullying, malaria, sex trafficking, rheumatism, and water safety.
What do black ribbons mean?;A black ribbon is a symbol of remembrance or mourning.
What Colour Should Represent Autism
So, with blue leaving many in the autism community feeling, well, blue and the need for awareness and a community identity stronger than ever, ;it comes as no surprise that many can feel lost when looking for a colour to umbrella under.
Over the years, many challengers have arisen seeking to take the crown of the definitive autism colour. However, few have succeeded, leaving the throne still vacant. While I myself have my own preferences, which will become clear soon enough, here is a slightly unbias rundown of the bookies favourites:
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The Meaning Of The Colors
The design of the ribbon which is inspired by jigsaw puzzles represents the complexity and the mystery of autism. The condition is not easily defined within set terms and definitions. It tells people that even though the disorder is not easy to understand, it is worth understanding and spending time on for the sake of those who have it it. It is a rallying point for people who want to bring the attention of other people to autism.
The different shapes and colors represent the diversity of people who are dealing with autism whether they are autistic or they are the family members of someone with autism. Other people who are not dealing directly with the disorder are also represented in this jigsaw puzzle design. Itâs a condition that affects all of us, hence the interconnected puzzle pieces of different colors and shapes.
The colors used are bright and basic, which symbolizes hope for defeating the disorder. It fuels the will of people in researching treatments for the disorder and in spreading awareness about the disorder. It is all about inspiring people to care about the cause or at least be aware that the disorder exists.
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Pair With A Relevant Message Or Call
You want your marketing, whether its a social media post or a giant banner, to be extremely clear at first glance. Some causes share the same color, which is why your words are a powerful part of the message.
Take a look at some good examples!
The MDS Foundation effectively used their green awareness ribbon by pairing it with a direct call-to-action on social media. This same image was then printed on promotional water bottles and t-shirts for all the attendees.
For National Childhood Cancer Awareness month, the Jeff Gordon Childrens Foundation invited people on Facebook to change their cover photo to a childhood picture. The announcement featured an alarming statistic paired with the vibrant yellow awareness ribbon.
Katie Robertson, a 21-year-old with Marfan Syndrome, used this image to raise awareness on her blog, Tissue Tales. Her post cleverly incorporates the red ribbon, while also encouraging her readers to learn more information about her condition.
The Headstrong Foundation, which raises funds to fight cancer, has the green ribbon appear as shoelaces in their logo. At the bottom, they feature a slogan that lets you know exactly what theyre all about.
Dover Oil Company, a trucking company in New Jersey, showed support for Childhood Cancer Awareness with a gold ribbon banner on their trucks. The message is loud and clear and invites people to take action and create change.
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Our Week Online 31/3/2019
by admin – 31 March, 2019
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Are Blue Ribbon Schools Better
The National Blue Ribbon of Distinction is a prestigious award that exemplifies excellence in education. Students who attend these schools have the satisfaction in knowing their educators and staff are equipped to help them succeed academically, no matter what their background and income level might be.
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Choose Your Own Symbol
There are lots of symbols and colors associated with autism spectrum disorders, but they may not all represent you or how you feel about autism. Once you learn how to recognize and interpret them all, use the ones that resonate with you personally or create your own symbol to show how you feel about ASD.
Since I Am Not Autistic I Am Choosing Not To Speak For The Autistic Community
Rather than explaining in my own words, I am encouraging you to use some of your precious time to seek out this information on your own and read the many, many accounts available from autistic people. To get you started, here are a few direct quotes from autistic adults who have written their opinions about Autism Speaks.
In an article posted on the Autistic Women and Nonbinary Networks website, writer Amy Sequenzia says, Autisms Speaks reaches out to families by listing the deficits, difficulties and pain an Autistic child will experience forever; Autism Speaks makes videos that paints autism as the cause of all the troubles in the world; Autism Speaks has no problem in allowing a board member to advertise her macabre wish to murder her Autistic daughter.
In an opinion piece for The Student Life, the newspaper of Claremont Colleges, writer Donnie Denome declares, Its not that I want Autism Speaks to get with the program. Its that I dont trust Autism Speaks, or organizations like them that treat disabled people like suffering burdens on our family members, to change in any meaningful way or to value neurodiversity without distorting the concept beyond all recognition. I have no time or energy for groups that view me as a parasite or infected appendage on the body of my neurotypical loved ones.
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Why Are Awareness Ribbons Important
Awareness ribbons create a community of people that are dedicated to one cause. The only way to create change is by taking action and these ribbons are a rallying call to make that difference!
Just like McDonalds has the golden arches and Nike has their infamous swoosh, you can see these small ribbons as a symbol, only in this case its for hope instead of Big Macs or gym shoes. Every time you wear a ribbon, whether its on a pin, shirt, tumbler, or giant banner, youre letting the world know that you want the world to be better, stronger, and an overall brighter place!
Why Is There A Black Ribbon On Google 2020
Google and YouTube on Sunday put a black ribbon on their home page in the US, showing solidarity for protests against the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody. We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it, the message read on the Google home page.
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Finding Autism Awareness Ribbons
The ribbons in their various forms can be found in different places, but you can be most helpful by choosing an organization that raises money for research, or for services in your local area. Some options to consider are:
Consider finding local organizations if you want to make a purchase to help people in your community. Autism Society and AutismLink offer information about organizations in different areas. Try AutismThings.com for fundraising packages.
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How Do I Register An Awareness Ribbon Color Or Design
Awareness Ribbons are not a centralized idea, there isn’t really an official place to go to register a design, or color. Currently, awareness ribbons are considered to be in the public domain in most countries, and a simple ribbon of a particular color is generally not considered sufficiently original and/or creative enough to be copyrighted by a person – or group. However, in a few cases several particular designs have been granted a special trademark status. Eg. Canada has granted “official mark” status for the pink awareness ribbons to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
If you are designing your own awareness ribbon and need color ideas, check out our comprehensive list of HEX and RGB color codes.
Carry On The Conversation
What colour do you think should represent autism? Let me know in the comments below. And, if you want to hear more about controversial items used to portray autism, then why not check out my article on;The Autism Puzzle Piece Debate.
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Thank you for reading and I will see you next Saturday for more thoughts from across the spectrum.
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