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Communication Shutdown

Communication Shutdown is a global [1] Beginning in 2010, the day is commemorated by individuals voluntarily refraining from using social media such as Facebook or Twitter for one day on 1 November.[2]

The concept of the event is based on the idea that social communication is difficult for autistic people. Going without social networks for one day is therefore a perspective-taking exercise for people not on the spectrum.[3]

Aim and participation

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.

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, HollyRod Foundation, Giant Steps and the Autism Society of Colorado.


A movement initiated by Corina Lynn Becker[5] prior to the first Communication Shutdown event advocates for renaming the day as Autistics Speaking Day.[6] The focus is shifted to autistic individuals, who are encouraged to become more active on social media and to describe their experiences during a time when there are fewer neurotypical voices in the mix. Notable participants include Lydia Brown,[7] Amy Sequenzia,[8] and Ari Ne'eman[9]


  1. ^ The Times of IndiaOne day without social networking for a good cause -
  2. ^ Social Media Users Challenged to Shutdown [sic] Networks | Scoop News
  3. ^ Courier MailMiranda Kerr backs Communication Shutdown campaign for autism charities |
  4. ^ Ari Herzog: Take a Break from Facebook and Twitter For 1 Day
  5. ^ Corina Lynn Becker (2010-08-15). "Real Communication Shutdown". No Stereotypes Here. 
  6. ^ Liz Ditz (2011-11-01). "Autistics Speaking Day 2011". Thinking Person's Guide To Autism. 
  7. ^ Lydia Brown (2011-11-01). "Disability is a Social Construct: A Sociological Perspective on Autism and Disability". Autistic Hoya. 
  8. ^ Amy Sequenzia (2011-11-01). "Autistics Speaking Day 2011". Autistics Speaking Day. 
  9. ^ Ari Ne'eman (2012-11-01). "Autistics Speaking Day 2012: Reclaiming Voice". Autistic Self Advocacy Network. .

External links

  • Video: What is Communication Shutdown? [1]
  • Autistics Speaking Day Blogspot site [2]

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