Communication Shutdown – Nov 1st (to raise awareness for autism)

I am a big supporter of the Developmental Disabilities Association and I am also very keenly aware of how misunderstood autism is (one of the developmental disabilities that are often misdiagnosed/mistreated). So when I found out via Beth Kanter and Scott Stratten that tomorrow (November 1st) would be Communication Shutdown to raise awareness (and funds) for autism research, I had to join in.

Thus, in observation of Communication Shutdown, there will be no Facebook nor Twitter for me tomorrow November 1st. I have blog posts that are pre-scheduled and thus, they have a tweet associated with them (via the WordTwit plugin). But other than that (and perhaps some pre-scheduled tweets), I will not be in Twitter nor on Facebook.

We realise that nothing can truly simulate what it is like for people with autism.

Our aim is to simply encourage a greater understanding from people outside the autism community. Social network users have become reliant and even addicted to platforms like Facebook and Twitter. And if they shutdown for 1 day, they will feel a sense of disconnection and a sense of frustration. By creating a little empathy, we hope to encourage a wider understanding and acceptance of people with autism – an understanding we recognise those in the autism community already have.

Which is why we are in no way asking people with autism to give up their tools of communication.

You can purchase and download the Charity App (CHAPP) which will connect to your Facebook and Twitter to indicate that you support Communication Shutdown.

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Comments (1)

Beth KanterNovember 1st, 2010 at 10:18 am

Thanks for this .. I only opted out of Facebook and Twitter today – so a blog comment is okay.

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