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Co-Founder Of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright, dies at 69


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Co-Founder Of Autism Speaks, Suzanne Wright, dies at 69

Nava Silton

Autism Speaks is a largely influential charity best known for introducing the puzzle piece as a symbol for autism and raising national awareness for the disorder. This amazing organization was co-founded by Suzanne Wright who died August 1st at the age of 69. She and her husband, former president and chief executive Bob Wright, founded the organization in 2005 when their grandson was diagnosed with autism. They had trouble finding broad support because so little was known about the disorder. Ms. Wright created the puzzle piece logo, which represents how adrift and disconnected children with autism and their families can feel. Additionally she spearheaded a campaign to promote recognition of autism by having building adorned with blue light. May she rest in peace and may her legacy live on for many years to come.