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.
Autistics Speaking Day
No Stereotypes Here