It surprises me when a small idea to create awareness gets a huge backlash.
If you missed it, the Communication Shutdown asks people using social media to stop for just one day, November 1. I invited others to join me and many have decided to do so.
But I was saddened when some of my peers who joined me got some back lash about it. I did get one person on Facebook challenge me as well, but she quickly backed down and deleted her comment.
It’s ironic… this is an awareness campaign about communication (or the difficulty of it for some people with Autism), and yet people are trying to stop others from choosing how (or, in this case, how not) to communicate.
The naysayers (many who aren’t very nice about it!) say that the Communication Shutdown gives people the idea that people on the Autism spectrum can’t communicate. Well, some can… and many can’t, like my daughters. They do have difficulty getting their needs met as a result of their communication issues. It’s frustrating for them. It’s frustrating for anyone who loves them.
Let me tell you a true story that happened just yesterday. My daughter and I were walking down our street to run an errand. Neighborhood kids in the same age range as my daughter said they didn’t want to talk to her when we came close. Sasha happily said hi anyway and tried to engage the best way she could with them. They literally turned their backs on her and ignored her. It broke my heart because this wasn’t a one time incident. This happens all the time.
And that’s the point of Communication Shutdown.
For many, people social media is integrated in our lives. I mean, I know some (and you know who you are) who couldn’t imagine not being on Twitter at least for five minutes every day. Or checking into Facebook. Or writing a comment on a blog.
Imagine the frustration if this part of your daily routine was denied to you. Imagine if no one talked to you.
I’m not saying this compares in any way with some of the frustrations many people on the spectrum face. Communication Shutdown is supposed to just make you stop… and think.
So I invite you to take part. Not because you think this will help you understand what it’s like to be Autistic. (Because it won’t.) But because you want to say that you support people who are different. I invite you to do this because too many people are just turning their backs.
But I want to sweeten the incentive for joining me just a bit by giving you a gift for your efforts: a FREE month of Penny Pinching Publicity, where you’ll get:
- an ebook on a marketing topic
- two teleclasses on marketing
- a cheat sheet to implement the marketing topic we’re reviewing
- a fill-in-the-blank press release
- private laser coaching with me
- and more
This is normally a $67 value but is yours FREE when you shutdown your social media on November 1 for Autism.
To get this free gift, here’s what you have to do:
1. Go to: https://communicationshutdown.org and donate as little as $5 so you can get the CHAPP (Charity App). This app works with Twitter and Facebook to tell the world you’re joining the Communication Shutdown.
2. Install the apps on your social media accounts.
3. Let me know via Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/shannoncherry) or Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/shannoncherry) or just comment on this blog that you’re joining me.
4. I’ll personally send you a link for your free month!