An organisation called for a social network silence to make people aware of how autistic people feel.
I know it's meant well, but promoting autism awareness that way creates a completely wrong understanding of autism.
Austism isn´t a lack of communication, is not living in a silent world.
Not at all.
One could say that autism is living in a world with too much communication and the autist receives too much information to sort it in such a way that he´s able to communicate like other people.
Many people with autism are hypersensitive to either sound or sight. Some are hypersentive to touch or taste.
Imagine you´re listening to normal conversation and you´re flashed in the eyes.
It takes a lot of effort to follow the conversation and you might even give up listening at all.
Organising a day at the social media while flashing lights on the sites from different unexpected angles, and-or generating sounds at random in time and place might provide a far better understanding of autistic perception of the world.