Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Communication Shutdown Day Takes a Turn

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Last fall, an Australian early-intervention organization designated November 1 as "Communication Shutdown Day." The day is intended for those in the autism community to fall silent online to highlight the communication difficulties that often come with autism.
Not surprisingly, the concept of falling silent in order to speak didn't sit well with many in the autism community, and furthermore, it angered autistic adults who didn't see a lot of parallels between their communication difficulties, often mitigated by online tools, and neurotypical (NT) adults choosing to spend a day away from Facebook and Twitter.

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