As if to prove my point about the importance of including additional material for education, yesterday I passed two signs that said "Light it up blue" with a tiny logo for Autism Speaks that you couldn't even see safely because the sign was so far away.
That's it. Light it up blue. It didn't say why, it didn't teach the reader anything about autism, all it did was say those four words. The signs also were mass-produced rather than being hand made, so my guess is they're all over the country.
Judging from where the signs were located, a lot of time and energy went into affixing them there. So obviously those who put them up cared a lot about autistic people to go through all that effort and thought they were helping them by doing so.
This is exactly what I mean when I say that when we're doing something to promote autism awareness/understanding/acceptance we should ask ourselves, how is what I'm doing impacting the autistic community? Because I'd say those signs would never have passed that test.