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Autistics Speaking Day

Posted by Reuben Turner | 2-11-2010 09:22 | Category: Health

Yesterday’s Communication Shutdown day, a global event promoted by autism organisations encouraged thousands of people (including me) to give up Facebook and Twitter for the day. (See Osocio entries Armando’s entry and RT blog entry).

It also prompted a response by many people with autism who feel that this encourages stereotypical views of the condition and who roundly reject the idea that they don’t communicate. And indeed, online social spaces often provide useful platforms for people with autism to communicate and express themselves. Corina Becker, an autistic blogger proposed an alternative – Autistics Speaking Day. A day when people with autism are encouraged to take part and speak out against the idea that they don’t ‘speak’. Take a look at the Facebook page Autistics Speaking Day. It’s a fascinating debate – and my view is that it all raises awareness and understanding.image

Autistics Speaking Day
No Stereotypes Here


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What I learned from silentmiaow, autistic people communicate but mostly not in the common language:

Seems so obvious but we need to open our eyes and ears to recognize it.

Posted by Marc | 2-11-2010 18:58

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Totally forgot about it and did a few tweets. If it’s any good, most of the day was spent outside.
Here’s an idea for Osocio: a public Google Calendar with non-profit events and celebrations.

That way, we’ll have no excuse to forget it. What do you think, Marc?

Posted by Armando Alves | 2-11-2010 23:58

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I have Asperger’s Syndrome, and anyone close to me can tell you that I can’t shut up!

Posted by scamps | 7-11-2010 02:58

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A much more positive and encouraging approach. Great for the Autistics speaking Day! :)

Posted by Miguel | 10-12-2010 13:47

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