A day without Facebook and Twitter?

Communication skills are so important for success in our society. Communication is required for work, in personal relationships and out-and-about in daily life. Recently effective communication has also included the ability to convey yourself online. And communication is one of the core challenges for individuals with autism.

Communication Shutdown is a campaign to bring the communication message home this Monday, November 1. Communication Shutdown is asking us all to get by without Facebook or Twitter for just that one day. To be part of the shutdown, you make a $5 donation to receive a Charity App (CHAPP), and the CHAPP tells your Facebook friends and Twitter followers that you are volunteering to shutdown.

Facebook and Twitter really are the 21st century communication tools of choice for many, and this one-day shutdown could give those of us who are not on the autism spectrum a glimpse into the world of autism and how challenging it can be to have limited communication skills. Communication Shutdown hopes to raise awareness of the challenges experienced by those with autism. And who knows? Maybe those addicted to Facebook might pick up the phone and call someone on November 1st. So OLD SCHOOL!


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  12. Patricia Wright Says:

    Kelly and Chana – thanks for your thoughts. We all come to the “table” with a different perspective. One of the powers of social media is that we can commment publicly – appreciate you both sharing your perspective with others.

  13. Kelly Says:

    I come from the mindset that anything that brings in funds and recognition to this disorder is a good thing. It is funny how so many people in the autism “community” cannot wait to poke holes in anything that may not support their ideals. Being in the “autistic community” I don’t feel it is counterproductive. I do feel coming against people and groups that are out there supporting and bring recognition to autism and ALL the people it encompasses is counterproductive and not a “community” I would want to understand, support, or be a part of. Really sad that we want others to “understand” but are so quick to not see another point of view.

  14. Chana Says:

    please check out this before posting such things…this is counter productive to the autistic community http://www.journeyswithautism.com/2010/10/22/speak-up-on-november-1st/

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