The puzzle piece is the global symbol for Autism and Autism Awareness. ASD or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disability, which is characterized by social, communication and behavioral problems. Because these disorders are unique to each person, challenges may range from lack of speech to sensory sensitivities to difficulty with social skills or behavioral problems, Autism is described as a spectrum. Although they may share similarities, no two are alike. According to the CDC, 1 in 59 children are affected with ASD in the United States and ASD is four times more prevalent in males than in females.
de Luxe Standard’s Autism Keychain was inspired by my son who has been diagnosed with ASD. I wanted to create my own interpretation of the puzzle piece. Something that symbolized the person’s humanity more than the disorder itself. Thus, the puzzle piece took on a more familiar form... that of a human. The heart within the piece symbolizes the love for my child and for those who’s lives are or have been impacted by someone with ASD.
Additionally, this keychain was also created to help support local non-profit organizations associated with ASD. Therefore, $10 of each sale will be donated to organizations that work directly with kiddos and adults on the spectrum as well as people with other disabilities.
To date, I have chosen to support the following organizations: