Monday, October 4, 2010

Communication Shutdown

I'm so proud of Justin Biehl!  I used to babysit him waaaay back in the day.  Now he is all grown up and truly making a difference.  I can't help but share his message with you all and offer you an opportunity to help.

Facebook and Twitter addicts sign up to Shutdown for one day in support of people with autism

Justin works at Giant Steps, a therapeutic day school for children with Autism in Lisle, IL. They are one of three organizations in the US who have been selected to receive a portion of the funding under this global fundraising campaign. For only $5, you can participate and get your charity app (CHAPP) that serves as a badge of solidarity for those affected by Austism. 

• Autism affects approximately 1 in 100 children and is a lifelong condition that impacts every part of a person’s life
• People from all nationalities and cultural, religious and social backgrounds can have autism
• While there is currently no ‘cure’ for autism, there are a number of interventions that promote learning and enable development to occur. The sooner interventions start, the sooner individuals and families can experience the benefits.

Can you get by without Facebook or Twitter, just for one day?

Social communication is one of the biggest challenges for people with autism. But on November 1, the world will have some idea of what this is like.

Today more than 40 autism charities and a team of celebrities worldwide are joining forces to launch a global campaign challenging the world’s 4.5 billion social media users to shutdown their networks just for one day.

The Communication Shutdown campaign encourages Facebook and Twitter users to make a donation and receive a charity app or (CHAPP) that will signal their support and intention to boycott their accounts on November 1.

For a $5 donation, the CHAPP will connect with the user’s Facebook and Twitter accounts by placing a shutdown icon over their profile picture.

From today the Communication Shutdown CHAPP will be available on the campaign website The site will also host a global mosaic where supporters can see their profile pic next to celebrities who have signed up.

Even celebs want to get involved with famous names including Holly Robinson Peete, supermodel Miranda Kerr, and Temple Grandin ready to shutdown.

Get your CHAPP today, then forward this message onto ten people and become part of the largest, global social experiment ever created. 

Only $5 to participate and help?  I think we can all spare that much.  Not only will this directly help children with autism, it will help us understand, to a small degree, their struggle with social communication.  I've been blessed to know several people and children with autism and welcome any way I can better understand their world.  I have my CHAPP.  Do you?

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