In general, the puzzle piece symbol is offensive to Autistics because it focuses on the image of someone being “broken” when people are never broken. I’ve got an alternative take on the puzzle that I’d like to run past you. I think this image is more appropriate for all types of “divergence.”
Envision this: every human being gets a puzzle, at conception (or birth for those of you who insist it comes later). Each puzzle is slightly different, of course, because all of us are different people, but we all get a puzzle. Some of us get 100-piece puzzles, others 1,000-piece, but everyone gets a puzzle.
Here’s the problem for people like me who got a big puzzle.