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Giant Puzzle Piece Formed in Honor of World Autism Awareness Day

April 08, 2008

Autism Speaks Puzzle Piece


To celebrate World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), Autism Speaks hosted a “Card Stunt” in Ralph Bunche Park, adjacent to the United Nations in New York City. Participants gathered holding cards to create the Autism Speaks blue puzzle piece logo. Chuck Wagner, the Ringmaster from The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus emceed the event and was accompanied by members of the circus who entertained the crowd with their antics. Autism Speaks co-founders Bob and Suzanne Wright also attended, thanking the crowd for their commitment to raising autism awareness. On the evening of April 2, Ringling Brothers presented a special performance celebrating WAAD at Madison Square Garden,

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YouTube Video ~ 2 minutes

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YouTube Video ~ 2 minutes


which included a special pre-event for children and families with autism and a “quiet room” where families could get away from the noise but still see the circus.

ringmaster chuck wagner


Ringmaster Chuck Wagner welcomes the crowd


Autism Speaks co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright address the crowd, with the United Nations in the background

ringmaster chuck wagner


An aerial view of the puzzle piece, with the UN in the background


Practicing for the big moment