The Archaeologists for Autism mission is to unlock the potential of children and young adults with developmental disabilities. We aim to provide children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families a chance to experience archaeology in a fun, low stress environment.
The autism puzzle pieces symbolize the mystery and complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Those puzzle pieces have been modified to reflect a pot that an archaeologist might recreate from sherds found at a site. Until the pot is reassembled it is a mystery as to its shape and function. In both cases, we try to reassemble the pieces to have a better understanding. The red-blue-green-yellow colors associated with the autism puzzle pieces have been changed to an earthier version of these colors and might more correctly represent the color palettes that are present in an archaeologist's world.
I am a professional archaeologist and the father of Becky, a precious 19-year-old who is autistic as well as blind and epileptic. It is hard to find activities for her to participate in and enjoy. I started thinking that all children love dinosaurs and archaeology, and some parents have told me their autistic children love history as well. As a result, I came up with the concept of Archaeologists for Autism (AFA).
CLOSED FOR 2018. 2019 Registration opens August 1, 2019
Ongoing until September 30, 2018
October 20, 2018 from 9 am until 3 pm.