I have read about the November 1 Communication Shutdown for several days now. “Can you get by without Twitter, just for 1 day?” to understand how difficult, if not nonexistent, social communication is for individuals with autism. The goal is awareness, the campaign is global.
Let me be honest, this idea hasn’t made sense from the get-go. Doesn’t Twitter (as well as other forms of social media) enhance autism awareness? Doesn’t Twitter et al bring the autism community together to communicate, to share, to commiserate, to learn on a grassroots level that cannot be matched in any other capacity? Why shut that down for one day? What happens to those diagnosed that day? Where do they turn?
I was (am) so confused by this idea that I asked a Twitter friend who is on the spectrum to “check it out”: “seems counter-intuitive, but the design of the site screams they don’t expect autistic people 2b involved neway.” I feel like a traitor, but I don’t think I’ll be shutting down on November 1st. Will you?