Logoff for 24 hours for a good cause

Could you go without Facebook or Twitter for one day in the name of Autism awareness?

That's the idea behind the Communication Shutdown project, currently underway in 50 countries around the globe including Australia, the US and the UK.

Communication Shutdown was created by Australian-based Autism charity The AEIOU Foundation and has attracted support from celebrities including Steven Segal, Buzz Aldrin, Miranda Kerr and Deepak Chopra.

Getting involved is simple - head to the project's website, donate $5 or more to receive a charity app, or CHAPP. The CHAPP connects to Facebook and Twitter accounts, changing the users' profile picture to indicate they're taking part in the shutdown. From there, it's as simple as keeping those tweets and status updates to yourself for 24 hours. Those who can't restrain themselves for that long can still donate via the project's website.

Author and autism advocate Dr Temple Grandin, who was recently portrayed by Claire Danes in a semi-biographical film on HBO titled ''Temple Grandin'', said the shutdown project would give people without autism a chance to experience life with the condition.

''I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out, so I would just scream. People will have some idea of what this feels like when they take part in Communication Shutdown,'' she said.

Event organiser Melissa Tucker said while knowledge of autism in children was on the increase, support for those affected was still lacking.

''Approximately 1 in 100 children will be affected by autism, but it’s only a minority that will have sufficient access to services to help them lead an independent life."

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Like Panda and chadlachlanros, I don't have twitter or FB.

But going dark for autism? Surely we should be SHOUTING to get people to start listening to us, and start supporting us, instead of them /speaking on our behalf/ and using their own agenda.

http://www.thethinkingman.org/blog/default.aspx

And Spork? You need to understand your physiology. "I have a 15 year old (who has the brain of an 8 year) old with autism." Actually, your 15 year old has the brain of a 15 year old, but the /apparent/ function of an 8 year old.

The whole world isn't as addicted to social networking as some may think.

How about donating to the cause and then Twitting or Facebooking a status update for your disciples / followers / whatever to do the same. That's a little more effective than not signing in for a day. It's also more meaningful than 90% of Twits, tweets, and status updates boucning around the system right now about what people ate for breakfast or now someone cut them off in traffic last night.

That's not too hard at all. Facebook... pfft. Twitter... I only go on there once a week or less (usually posting some kind of news for my website).

Plus I'm all for supporting Autism awareness and research.

Charities, disability advocates etc. are very often as much businesses as any other company or org... Stuff like this Logoff *event* gives them free advertising, gaining attention/coverage in the media they wouldn't get otherwise, plus some donors feel better, donate more if/when they can participate somehow -- look at how many walk-a-thon type events there are. And just like companies selling tech hardware or cell phones, these non-profits & advocates compete for marketshare, i.e. cash. While they can't [or at least thankfully so far haven't] trash the competition, they will do everything possible to show you their cause is the most worthy, the victims they represent the worst, most badly hurt.

That said, I really don't, can't believe that most people in the world with disabilities &/or health prob. really want or need the rest of the world to know, let alone experience what their life is like. I'm disabled, & together with others I've known & know who are either disabled or have serious health problems, we'd have to be some sort of ghouls &/or be filled with hate to want that. In fact we'd overwhelmingly like you to ignore our disabilities when/if possible, to interact with *us*, to focus on *us* & not our broken bodies. We're no more inclined to have you "feel our pain" than you are to have someone else *feel* your [hopefully *very*] occasional gas pains or constipation. ;-)

So Please don't think of this publicity stunt as anything more or less than that. If you think the whole Logoff thing is stupid, please don't let it turn you off to supporting Autism research -- just maybe sent donations elsewhere if you're inclined to donate, rather than changing your mind & not donating at all.

What a sad world we live in when signing out of facebook/twitter for a day is comparable to having autism.

Does no one actually talk to people face to face anymore???
WTF?

Maybe they should have built an app that explains autism or an app that accepts donations. Asking people to turn off facebook and twitter is not going to make people experience what it's like to be autistic. This is one of the dumbest ideas yet. Most likley this guy running the show will make some profit off of this.

speedstr3789 said,
... Most likley this guy running the show will make some profit off of this.

Most any organization, including non-profits wants/needs to collect more money than they spend, collecting money. Non-profits simply give away the excess rather than giving it to shareholders/investors, but they're just as anxious as any other company to take in as much as possible over & above expenses. Of course it's those expenses you need to, or at least should check out before donating anywhere, assuming you want your donation to have maximum impact.

Uplift said,
I've asked my girlfriend to do this, her nephew has autism and she is ADDICTED to facebook on her iPhone.

To each their own, but IMHO this won't give her (or anyone else) any more empathy. That's not saying anything against your girlfriend of course, but IMHO people & particularly families just don't work that way... you don't need to experience something to see someone is hurting, particularly family. And we all express & deal with that sort of thing in our own ways, as we're each capable.

Billions of moms are overworked, overstressed, taken for granted, & under appreciated. Every once in a while you'll read of a mom going on strike, trying to force her family to see & feel what she goes through. Outside the movies it has little if any positive, lasting effect -- if it worked most all moms would do it. ;-) NOT trivializing Autism, this Logoff is a very minor attempt at the same thing, forcing empathy, & it'll have even less real success because, unlike having to do your own dishes & laundry, there's no way for you to really share the experience.

So, what's the point of this? I know autism exists, you aren't making me aware of anything. I'll use facebook if I want to. I also know breast cancer exists, and don't plan on wearing pink any time in the near future. I also know about a million other causes, and am not going to do anything about them, unless it's something that actually makes a difference. "Awareness" doesn't.

BS .. No way I'm allowing/authorizing this CHAPP app to connect to my Facebook & Twitter accounts. People are too freely giving apps and websites access to their information. If I want to change my status I'll do it myself. People wonder why their information gets compromised and its crap like this.

Yep an autistic charity is going to steal your data. I'd understand your reasoning if it was an unknown charity but come on, wtf would a charity want with your profile pic or any other information on you. It's comments like these and others on this page that make me lose hope in humanity. Is it really that hard to accept a simple charity initiative which has cleverly used the popularity of facebook to gain awareness and therefore donations. Who cares if people actually go through with it, its simply a smart way of drawing attention and funding to their organization.

PsyOpWarlord said,
BS .. No way I'm allowing/authorizing this CHAPP app to connect to my Facebook & Twitter accounts. People are too freely giving apps and websites access to their information. If I want to change my status I'll do it myself. People wonder why their information gets compromised and its crap like this.


ROFL do you leave your house ?

You will find using Facebook and twitter will promote a charity more than not, sure they get publicity from it but thats about it, no ones actually going to stop using the net for it, they will still donate either way if they feel the need to do so.

I hate things like this. Like turn off your lights for 24 hours. Stupid things that probably next to no one on a large scale will actually participate in.

Brandon said,
I hate things like this. Like turn off your lights for 24 hours. Stupid things that probably next to no one on a large scale will actually participate in.

Thanks god that not everybody thinks it like you:
Here in Italy, on the 16 of February (the day the Kyoto protocol was signed), there is an initiative to turn off extra power consumption from 6:00 PM till the day after, and in that period of time, they save a LOT of power, for example in 2008 furing that night they saves 400 Megawatt.... if every person thinks like you then this result can't be achieved.

Ok, this is a 1 day a year initiative, but still, better than nothing.....

I found this really pointless. Why shutdown for this? What about if cancer/AIDS ask everyone shutdown for 24 hours? If you want to help out tell everyone to get there vaccines shots when there are babies and tell Jenny McCarthy to go to hell!!

ACTIONpack said,
I found this really pointless. Why shutdown for this? What about if cancer/AIDS ask everyone shutdown for 24 hours? If you want to help out tell everyone to get there vaccines shots when there are babies and tell Jenny McCarthy to go to hell!!

If everyone thought like this then we'd all be arguing over bloody charities. no one would be cured and we'd all live in a cesspit.

ACTIONpack said,
I found this really pointless. Why shutdown for this? What about if cancer/AIDS ask everyone shutdown for 24 hours? If you want to help out tell everyone to get there vaccines shots when there are babies and tell Jenny McCarthy to go to hell!!

Wow you clearly have no idea what the **** you are talking about! I have a 15 year old (who has the brain of an 8 year) old with autism. What's makes the disease so hard diagnose is the wide spectrum it covers. I for one will be doing this. Sad part is they still have no idea really what causes this. Could be food could be shots. Hell could be a simple sneeze that jars something. I have read that some Dr's thinks its passed on from mother and father. Idk but any and all research no matter how big or how small could help

(Spork) said,

Wow you clearly have no idea what the **** you are talking about! I have a 15 year old (who has the brain of an 8 year) old with autism. What's makes the disease so hard diagnose is the wide spectrum it covers. I for one will be doing this. Sad part is they still have no idea really what causes this. Could be food could be shots. Hell could be a simple sneeze that jars something. I have read that some Dr's thinks its passed on from mother and father. Idk but any and all research no matter how big or how small could help

So your going to hate facebook because of autism? Charity is something different but not using facebook to tell people what about autism? A lot of people think autism is cause by vaccines. People that do this will get no where with autism.

ACTIONpack said,

So your going to hate facebook because of autism? Charity is something different but not using facebook to tell people what about autism? A lot of people think autism is cause by vaccines. People that do this will get no where with autism.


its not about 'hating' facebook, its about refraining from using facebook and twitter for 24 hours to sort of simulate how an autistic person feels, by not communicating

carmatic said,

its not about 'hating' facebook, its about refraining from using facebook and twitter for 24 hours to sort of simulate how an autistic person feels, by not communicating

Pointless because most of the people will not do it and nothing will happen because of it.

carmatic said,

its not about 'hating' facebook, its about refraining from using facebook and twitter for 24 hours to sort of simulate how an autistic person feels, by not communicating

+1

ACTIONpack said,

So your going to hate facebook because of autism? Charity is something different but not using facebook to tell people what about autism? A lot of people think autism is cause by vaccines. People that do this will get no where with autism.

who said anything about hating facebook or twitter lol

ACTIONpack said,

Pointless because most of the people will not do it and nothing will happen because of it.

can you show me one post you ever made here that made any sense whatsoever? Just one.

ACTIONpack said,

Pointless because most of the people will not do it and nothing will happen because of it.

+1. I agree with donating, and many people's time would be better spent on places other than Facebook, but how does this help the anti-autism cause?

What would be better is to send messages to all your friends via Facebook, and have everyone tweet about donating on Twitter.

Hey wait a minute I was already off Facebook for 24 hours when Verizon internet went down in my area, their was a black out since Saturday night until this Monday morning