Have you ever noticed how many companies use blue in their logo? Just look at the ones related to technology and you’ll see they’re predominately blue: Twitter, Facebook, Skype, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Windows, Dell, HP, and AOL. Insurance companies seem to use a lot of blue: Progressive, Allstate, Kaiser Permanente, Geico, Nationwide, Aetna, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Maybe blue is like Switzerland in terms of being aesthetically neutral. I’ve never heard any opposition to blue. Blue is just kind of there.
Autism Speaks uses the color blue for their puzzle piece. After doing some research, I learned that the organization uses blue to represent the disproportionate number of boys who are diagnosed than girls. For me, blue is the perfect choice to signify autism because the spectrum of blues represents the variation in those affected. Here’s how autism shows in Peter:
HOARD & PURGE: One thing Peter will probably never be accused of is having too much clutter around. He’s always organizing and reorganizing his room for fun. He’ll move stuff from his closet and arrange it on the perimeter of his bed, forgetting that he hasn’t left enough room to sleep. He’s even tried selling some of his military toys to a preschool neighbor. Toys that he’d been given as recently as Christmas, though he'd spent more time hoarding them than he did actually playing with them.
SOCIAL CUES: This one could be lumped in with the one above about strangers. When I took Peter to get his stitches removed, the receptionist was finishing up a call. As soon as he hung up the phone, Peter asked, “Who was that?” The receptionist and I smiled at one another. “Nobody has ever asked me that!” he replied with his upper lip catching on his silver braces. We both found the humor in Peter’s misstep according to social norms.
As the saying goes: “If you’ve met one person with autism, then you’ve met one person with autism.” The same is true about Peter. He's definitely one of a kind.