Every individual with autism is unique and special. They, along with everyone else, are extraordinary. We are all pieces in the puzzle. Every single piece is needed and important.
I talk a lot about this in the video so if you watch it, this might be a repeat but oh well:
I have someone very important in my life who has Asperger’s Syndrome, and that is my older brother. He has come so far and I am so proud of him.
The reason for the angel wings is from the stim that many autistic people have, which is “flapping” or the waving of the arms and/or hands when someone is agitated or excited. My brother in particular has this stim, so I wanted to incorporate it into this autism piece. My friend Notty mentioned birds when I was developing this, and I decided on the wings of a scarlet macaw, because these birds have the colors of the autism ribbon. Speaking of the ribbon, I adore the autism ribbon with all its puzzle pieces.
The boy was inspired by my brother. Same facial structure, same big eyebrows, same one sided dimple, and extra floofy hair.