Here is an interesting project in support of Autism charities across the globe – The Communication Shutdown planned for 1 November 2010.
The campaign is encouraging users of social edia to make a donation and encourage them to support opting out of Facebook and Twitter for the day – therefore raising funds and awareness of autism across the globe.
Signing up for the campaign gives access to The Charity App (CHAPP) which will connect with a users Facebook and/or Twitter account and will place a shut down badge across your Twitter profile. Donations from US$5 upwards are being accepted by PayPal or credit card.
The Communication Shutdown was initiated by the AEIOU Foundation a non-profit in Australia which provides for early intervention therapy for children with autism. The website for the Communication Shutdown initiative also lists their global partners for the event.
I am personally not sure that I will register for the campaign – I will be delivering a programme on that day and will need to use Facebook and Twitter in the programme. And you might feel the same or have good business reasons to use Facebook and Twitter on the 1 November – so whether or not you decide to formally participate in the Communication Shutdown perhaps you might consider donating to your local charity for autism.