On Nov. 1, girls around the globe are sayin’ sayonara to
status updates and signing out of their social networks.
It may be a challenge, but it’s for a great cause: Raising
autism awareness by mirroring the social silence of those within the autism
Social communication is one of the greatest challenges for
people with autism. The communication shutdown not only allows participants to
take on an empathic vow of silence, of sorts, but it also mimics the isolation
and loneliness autistic individuals feel when they can’t quite connect with
The initiative has spread to 40 countries so far. Getting
involved is easy.
If you’ve got the funds,
you can donate through the Communication Shutdown
to your nation’s autism organizations. Giving the minimum donation of $5 will
get you the special CHAPP (charity app), which puts a “shutdown badge” over
your profile picture on both Facebook and Twitter. While it won’t restrict your
access to your accounts, it’ll let others know that you’re taking a stand.
Wallet empty? No sweat.
Why not donate your status, instead? Sign on in the morning—or, even better,
the night before—and let folks know why you’ll be MIA on all of your social
networks on Nov. 1. Tell ‘em to pass it on, and supply the link to
the Communication Shutdown (http://communicationshutdown.org)
so that they can get involved, too.
Learn more about Communication Shutdown by watching this
Will you be taking part? Blog about it, babes.