Communication Shutdown is a global initiative by AEIOU Foundation [a not-for-profit organisation that provides early intervention therapy for children with autism in Australia] to raise funds and awareness for autism charities in over 40 countries. People around the world have been challenged to go without Facebook or Twitter, for one day, on 1 November 2010.
In the month leading up to Communication Shutdown (1 October, 2010 to 1 November, 2010) people can make a donation to receive a CHAPP ( acharity app) which signals shutdown across their networks. Here’s a short video to understand the campaign better:
So the next question that comes to mind is; What is the link between communication and autism? – Social communication is one of the biggest challenges for people with autism. By choosing to shutdown your social networks for one day, you will have some idea of what it’s like for people with autism who face this challenge every day. CHAPP i.e. the charity application is a powerful way to create a true sense of empathy towards those on the autism spectrum.
CHAPP – It’s a charity app that has quite a few tricks:
The D-Day – Communication Shutdown will take place at 12am, your local time, on 1 November 2010 and will finish at 11.59 pm.
Your donation will go to Communication Shutdown is a global fundraiser for autism where everybody around the world can make a donation to an autism organisation in their own country. Click here to learn more about the global autism partners.
So, are you participating in the Communication Shutdown campaign