Communications Shutdown was proposed by a group in Australia as a day to stop online communications in order for non-autistic people to understand the communication challenges of people on the autism spectrum; sort of like asking others to walk in the shoes of an autistic person for a day.
"I'm sorry, but no. Just no.... Why? Because it relies on the assumption that everyone participating uses Twitter and Facebook to communicate. While I realize that these sites make communication easier, it is not the only way in which NTs can communicate online, and thus subvert the entire exercise of the campaign.The question now becomes, what would be a better method for Communication Shutdown that would have the most impact for those involved?As for my fellow Autistics, as the NTs disconnect and fall silent, let's speak.Let us use this day to flood every social networking site we know with our accounts, our experiences, what it feels like to be Autistic.Every sensory pain, every communication frustration, every account of being bullied, every wondrous moment, every peaceful calm, every instant of understanding and joy.Let them hear our voices and take back the Autism community."