I’ve been thinking about what would make a good symbol for autism, and this is what I came up with.
I wanted a symbol as iconic as a crucifix or the Star of David, and just as easy to draw. This is a symbol you can carve into your school desk, or graffiti over an ablest poster. Zorro would have a field day with this one.
So I’ve combined an equals sign with a capital A. The A stands for autism and the equals sign stands for equality. Not just equality between neurotypicals and autistics, but between all the different kinds of autistics. We’ve also got five intersections in this image, so you can read something into that.
There might be a Chinese letter that looks like this, but I’m not really sure.
I want to meet the people who drew graffiti on the desks.
Whose default action in a state of idle boredom was to create something artistic. Who saw a bunch of things that were all the same and remedied that, leaving a little piece of themselves behind for the next generations, who would never know their name and barely glance twice at the artwork because it’s not in a conventional place. They left a small mark on the world, knowing that the result would be punishment and, ultimately, apathy.