Are you willing to sacrifice your speaking voice for 12 hours to bring acceptance for nearly 1/3 of all autistic individuals and others who struggle to communication via speech?
By raising money and awareness you can support the needs of nonspeaking, minimally speaking, and unreliably speaking community members.
The Speak Only with Your Heart Campaign begins on October 24 and concludes on October 30. We are challenging friends of Optimal Rhythms all across the country to choose a day and a 12 hour period to sacrifice their speaking voice to raise awareness and funding for the thousands of students who are waiting for the communication supports that will unlock their own voice and all the opportunities that brings.
You are welcome to participate any where you are safe and comfortable to do so. If you are working in a school or office or plan to eat out at a restaurant or visit a medical office, bring awareness in person.
If you are working from home, social distancing, or quarantining, your are welcome to participate virtually. We just ask that you participate consistently for the full 12 hours or until you have met your fundraising goal,
Using the resources we provide, you will use non-verbal communication strategies (text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Zoom chat, gestures, etc) to make pleas for donations to support the campaign and to help you "buy" back your speaking voice before your assigned 12 hours has expired.
Those who are "Silenced" will collect pledges/donations to try to "buy their voices back". Once each collects $500 or more in donations or pledges, he/she can speak again and nominate someone else to be "silenced" for the remaining hours of their campaign.
If you have VOLUNTEERED - Thank you for your sacrifice!! Prepare to be amazed and astounded during your experience of silence.If you've been NOMINATED - we are hoping you will accept this important and potentially life-changing challenge!!
We welcome corporate challenges, neighborhood challenges, and personal fundraising challenges.
Get nominated, nominate someone, volunteer, or donate to a nominee!
$10 - buys an app to build motor coordination
$25 - buys a text to speech communication app
$50 - buys an hour of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) consultation/training
$100 - buys a full-day communication training for one family
$150- buys a speech app to support a student's voice
$250 - covers 50% of the price of an iPad
$500 buys an iPad for a student longing for a voice
$1000 sends a child to summer camp with 1:1 supports
$2500 helps cover our space rental for one month