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Kid Companions- Chewelry: Oct 31, 2010

October 31, 2010

The Coffee Klatch Explains Nov.1st 2010 Communicate to Educate

I am reposting an explanation from The Coffee Klatch on its decision to hold a 24 hour chat session to Communicate to Educate on Nov. 1st. More about The Coffee Klatch and its many facets here

Special - "Shut Down For Autism" 11/1/10 is raising awareness by asking everyone to not go on any social media sites that day. We admire any effort to bring awareness to Autism however, many many many people living with Aspergers have told us they disagree with this effort - they feel that communication is key and although the premise was to make neurotypicals understand the frustration from lack of communication it defeats the purpose. We want to acknowledge and respect the wishes of all of our followers. It is a personal choice, some of you will shut down and we respect that and hope that as you do you let people know why - some of you prefer not to - therefore - we encourage you to not only speak but speak loudly, if that is your choice, here on The Coffee Klatch for a 24 hour open chat to be moderated by people who understand, Adults with Autism, Parents of children on the spectrum - and some respected and admired Autism Advocates. Let's bring those who want to be educated over to The Coffee Klatch instead of shutting them down, lets offer those who have a voice for Autism do what we do best on The Coffee Klatch - Educate. Starting at 9am est on Monday November 1st.

We have the utmost respect for all of our followers and understand the effort for "Shut Down for Autism" I think any awareness of Autism is a great thing, however, as I stated many adults on the spectrum feel that they have earned their right to communicate and feel that although it is great to spotlight Autism, to take away communication is not the way to go about it. I initially thought Shut Down was a great idea as well, I had planned on not having a chat session that day on The Coffee Klatch. I feel now that I, not ever having communications issues in myself or children did not understand the feelings of many and want to offer an option. "Instead of shutting down" - speak loudly". I am offering The Coffee Klatch Chatroom for a 24 hour open forum and am looking for people I respect in the community to help moderate an hour or two of their day any time day or night to jump on our chat and talk and educate others about the voice of autism.
Marianne Russo

Founder of The Coffee Klatch

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