Autism NL explains ‘red puzzle pieces’
At the First Responders and Autism seminar in Clarenville last Thursday night, Autism NL’s regional assistant manager Treshana Gosse explained the “Red Puzzle Piece Campaign.”
Autism NL distributes red puzzle piece stickers free of charge for families who have children or adults with autism.
They are intended to be placed in the primary residence or car of the family.
“They signify to first responders someone in the vehicle or home has autism,” explained Gosse.
If first responders are called, sometimes caregivers may be incapacitated, or not present, and the symbol can show the presence of an individual with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
However, the stickers are meant only for the primary residence or vehicle, because first responders may be putting themselves in danger if looking for a wandering person with ASD who may not even be there.
The puzzle pieces are also distributed to first responders themselves, as both a reminder to keep people with autism in mind when called, and to serve as signifying symbol for others to see.