I am proud to say that I will be participating in Autistics Speaking Day. It is being organized by Kathryn Bjørnstad over on the Facebook. It’s an event created in response to Communication Shutdown, which is an autism fundraiser based in Australia.
Those participating in the “Communication Shutdown” will not use social networking websites on November 1 and will download an app to those websites that promotes autism awareness. Apparently, not using Facebook or Twitter for a day is supposed to show you what it’s like to be autistic, since autistic people have trouble communicating. Don’t get me wrong, I support raising awareness and money for autism research. Their hearts are in the right place. But not using FB for a day so you can see what it’s like to be autistic? Poppycock.
Autistic people are not silent. My compatriots and I believe the day would be better used as a time for people with autism to speak up. We will all be posting to our blogs on November 1 to raise awareness and maybe give people a better idea of what it’s like to live with autism. So, I hope you’ll check it out!