The puzzle pattern reflects the mystery and complexity of the autism spectrum.
The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition.
The brightness of the ribbon signals hope—hope that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and appropriate treatments, people with autism will lead fuller, more complete lives.
On April 1, 2011, President Barack Obama declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. In his Proclamation President Obama said, "I call upon the people of the United States to learn more about autism and what they can do to support individuals on the autism spectrum and their families."