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Welcome to Aspie's Retreat

 

Serving individuals and families affected by Autism. 

Our goal is to bring all of us together.

 

The other day I was asked why I use the puzzle pieces as a symbol of Autism.  I answered that it was because of "symbol recognition."  I have since pondered the question and have developed a more profound response that is closer to my heart.

I do not subscribe to the notion that the puzzle piece symbolizes the "missing pieces within an autistic child."  Instead, I view our community and society as the giant jigsaw puzzle.  Each individual piece represents a person.  Every person in the community adds to the community's depth, breath, and texture.   When every piece is interlinked a beautiful mosaic is produced.

I become frustrated when I invest all the time to put a puzzle together only to find the last two pieces are missing.  The picture just doesn't seem finished. Imagine our community or society jigsaw puzzle where one out of every 50 pieces were missing. When the community or society marginalizes those with autism it removes one out of 50 pieces of the puzzle.  Likewise, when those with autism choose to remove themselves from the community, we as a community lose some of our depth, breath, and texture.

Two phrases are displayed on my dresser. One reads, "How monotonous the sounds of the forest would be if the music came only from the Top Ten birds."  by Dan Bennett.

The second phrase reads, " To the world you may be one person, But to one person you may be the world."

 

In short, our puzzle piece symbolizes a challenge to search out the missing, forgotten, and secluded pieces to add them back to the picture as a whole.  Our logo represents that joining of the pieces into a circle .

 

Jed Gardner

   

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