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The Puzzle Piece Project

Posted by Admin on October 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

There is a saying in the autism community that “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism.”  It’s another way to say that no two people on the spectrum are exactly the same.


As an autism self-advocate, I’m always looking for ways to spread awareness.  Entering the photography contest in the local fair inspired me to delve further into the art.  It wasn’t long before I took a photo of a puzzle piece in hopes of combining the advocacy and photography into one.  (Puzzle pieces are recognized as a symbol of autism awareness, representing the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum.)  However, my end result wasn’t quite what I had imagined.  My goal was to show how everyone was different.  I thought about the idea of coloring in each puzzle piece a different way.  Even better, I thought about letting others color in their own individual pieces to make one giant collaborative puzzle.  Thus, The Puzzle Piece Project was born.

The Puzzle Piece Project is a way to show everyone just how unique each person on the spectrum is.  It is one large puzzle made of many individual pieces of artwork, each created by someone on the autism spectrum.  Each piece is as unique as the individual who made it.  Some use words, some use photos, others use drawings or other forms of creative expression. While each one is different, they are all connected in one way: each one is on the autism spectrum.

(Special thanks to Kelli Belarde for her help with the puzzle piece outline, and to Frank Louis Allen for his help with the final project assembly!)


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Reply Gee Vero
2:09 AM on September 11, 2013 
super idea, will gladly take part
if you want to see some of my art
go to www.bareface.jimdo.com
regards Gee
Reply Gee Vero
2:46 AM on September 11, 2013 
working on it :)
Reply blackwatertown
10:52 AM on September 11, 2013 
Hello, I found your blog because you talk about having Aspergers. Could I ask a favour?

My friend's young son Fynnjan has Aspergers and, to cut a long story short, has written the music and lyrics for a Christmas song called The Spirit of Christmas.

It has been recorded as a single. We hope to get it to the top of the music charts (in the UK anyway) this Christmas. The money raised will go to the National Autistic Society with a small proportion going to support his local school's special needs team (the people who managed to get him to come out from under the table and socialise a little bit).

The favour is this. Could you mention Fynnjan's website between now and Christmas? Basically help spread the word? It's at www.fynnjan.com

We hope people will go to the website, register an interest and download copies from iTunes. It's all a massive leap of faith, but hey - it's fun too.

Reply Danielcerda
11:42 PM on September 11, 2013 
I'm in!