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The Puzzle of Autism
The puzzle piece has been the most widely recognized symbol of autism since 1963, although not everyone in the autism community likes it. Switchables donates a portion of their revenues from this cover to Autism Speaks, a nonprofit science and advocacy organization.
The fused-glass process enables Switchables to create a new generation of nightlight covers like none you've ever seen before. Instead of being folded and soldered like traditional Switchables covers, these pieces of glass are fused together with flash heat for more brilliant colors and intricate designs with no metal borders. Bits and strips of glass are bonded to a slightly curved, clear or colored background panel.
You can identify a fused-glass Switchables cover by its "SF" item number. Traditional Switchables start with "SW".
This is not a self-contained night light. Switchables stained glass night light covers are designed to be used with the Switchables Nightlight Fixture (sorry, we are permanently sold out -- clicking that link will take you away from our store). Switchables are "switchable" because you can easily swap any one of our covers onto the same simple fixture. You can also use your Switchables cover as a suncatcher, a Christmas ornament, or with any other kind of light source. To display your Switchables cover in a window, add the optional suction cup.
Are you curious...?
Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction, communication skills, and repetitive or restricted behavior. It generally manifests itself before age 3. Although it runs in families, researchers suspect both genetic and environmental factors as causes. How autism alters nerve cells and their synapses isn't understood. Asperger syndrome and the catchall "pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified" are considered part of the autism spectrum. In 2013, some 21.7 million people worldwide were suspected of having autism -- that's 1-2 people per 1,000; in the US that number rises to 1 in 68. It's not known whether the dramatic increase since 1980 is due to diagnostic practices or an actual increase in the number of people affected.
Anywhere from 3% to 25% of children with ASD recover sufficiently (with or without treatment) to lose their diagnosis. There is no cure, and very few children with autism grow up to be independent adults, although many succeed in mainstream society with some support. An autistic culture has arisen in which some people are pressing for research into a cure while others push for acceptance as a difference, not a disorder.