Communication Shutdown

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Communication Shutdown is a global fundraiser for autism on behalf of autism groups in more than 40 countries.[1] It is requesting people voluntarily refrain from using Facebook or Twitter for one day on 1 November 2010.[2][dated info]

Social communication is difficult for people with autism. By going without social networks for one day, people can have some idea of what this is like.[3]

Aim and participation[edit]

The aim of the event is to raise awareness about autism and also drive donations for autism services via the purchase of a social network app.

The Communication Shutdown charity app provides a shutdown badge to wear online, adds participants to a global mosaic next to high-profile supporters, as well as other ways to show support.

Supporters and partners[edit]

High-profile supporters in 2010 include Buzz Aldrin, Fran Drescher, Miranda Kerr, Holly Robinson-Peete, Steven Seagal, Deepak Chopra and Dr Temple Grandin.[4]

Global autism partners include members of Autism Europe, Autism Initiatives UK, Autism Awareness Australia, The ASHA Foundation India and grassroots organisations in America including the HollyRod Foundation, Giant Steps and the Autism Society of America (Colorado).


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