Autism Connection Quarterly Newsletter Summer 2022 Summer 2022 - Page 12

In Loving Memory

Circle of Life

Recently we were reminded of how small the world can be , in a good way . A lovely family decided to choose us as an honorarium beneficiary at the passing of their very successful , graceful , and beloved father . We gratefully received contributions from friends and family for several weeks . More recently , one friend of the family sent a check to the man ' s son , who then mailed it to us .
The family noticed an astounding coincidence - our business address is the same as the original business address of their dad who started an extremely successful , nationwide medical testing business here when the business was in its infancy .
We chose our updated name many years ago based on input from autistic people who told us to call us " what we are " - enabling people to readily find us in online searches . Our logo is circular for many reasons - we wanted to paint a picture of an embrace , an inclusive and diverse system , with various pieces moving in and out as life with autism is complex , changing , and cycles across the years . Also , did you know , the eye completes a circuit as the nerve cells " talk to each other ," filling in the blanks most easily when a picture is presented in a fluid and circular shape ? This is because of visual principles called " continuation " and " closure ." Our brand and logo says a lot about who we want to be for the autism community for decades to come .
Somehow it felt perfectly right to hear from this amazing family who has followed our news , information , and events for many years , telling us how excited they were to find out the roots of their dad ' s very vital and important testing business were in our new office location . The concept of " what goes around comes around ," the idea of karma , a spiritual connection - or pure coincidence - are all possibilities , depending on what you believe . We are extremely grateful , whatever the reason , and chill bumps still raise on our arms when we tell this uplifting tale , perhaps needing to spread some positivity in the face of difficulties we all face .
How do we give thanks to the spirit or the persona of someone who has passed , both for his important contributions to medicine , and for leaving a legacy that has touched us all by supporting our mission ? That question is impossible to answer . So let ' s just thank you for reading , and for considering the mystery of how someone you likely never met is helping meet some of your autism needs now and in the future .