There are so many different discussions going on about autism at the moment. We're lucky to live in a time when #ActuallyAutistic people are raising their own voices ad advocating for themselves when places, people and institutions are starting to make changes so everyone feels welcome when awareness is starting to be spread among the general public.

So if all autistic people are different, how do you find one single sign or symbol that represents them all? That's the question that's been asked a lot over the past few years, and nobody has an answer. There are currently multiple autism symbols in use, and often picking one to use comes down to personal preference.

To help you, here's a list of some of the most commonly used autism symbols with a bit of background info to help you understand some more about them:

Puzzle piece

The puzzle piece is an interesting one-it's probably the most widely used and best-known autism symbol, but over the past few years, it's also become a little controversial.

Some people feel that it links back to some less pleasant periods or organizations in autistic history, while others argue that autism is a lifelong condition, not just for children as the puzzle piece seems to imply.

Nonetheless, the puzzle piece does have its upsides: it's versatile, it's widely known and used, and it's been a part of autism research and identity since autism first came into prominence in the public sphere.