We’re received multiple requests from various people for scripts they might use when sharing the project around. Since this project is by and for Autistic people, we totally understand—the amount of scripting that’s gone into the project itself already is pretty revealing.
The only way the fundraising for this project can really succeed is via social media and word-of-mouth. This means emailing the indiegogo link around to all your various contacts and asking them to take a look and consider making a small donation. Most people won’t, but a few might, and that adds up.
Of course, these emails and conversations can be tricky, especially with people who don’t spend a lot of time thinking about autism or disability in their daily lives. This can cause a lot of anxiety.
For general audiences, the following script can work. Obviously, feel free to tweak it, ignore it, and mess around with it as you please. In fact, if you find another revision or script works for you, please let us know, and we’ll share it here. The more minds, the better!
Hi. I wanted to show you this project. It’s a group of Autistic people speaking for themselves and working on creating an anthology and website for future projects so that more people can hear them. They’ve already made a video, which is pretty cool and which you can see at the link. A lot of people are supporting this project, and are really excited about it. They’re trying to raise $10,000 dollars to cover their starting costs, and they made $3000 in their first day. I think it would be really cool if we could help. Donations start at $10 and are tax-deductible; will you join me?
For audiences already involved in disability rights, autism, or special ed, but not necessarily Autistic community/culture or neurodiversity, the above script might work, or you could try this one:
Hi. Have you heard about The Loud Hands Project yet? It’s a transmedia publishing effort by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network dedicated to amplifying the voices of Autistic people speaking, however they do, as they make the world one we all can share. They’ve already made a video, and right now they’re raising money for their first anthology and the creation of a website for future projects. A lot of people are supporting this project, and the Autistic community is really excited about it. They’re trying to raise $10,000 dollars to cover their starting costs, and they made $3000 in their first day. I think it would be really cool if we could help. Donations start at $10 and are tax-deductible; will you join me?
Or you could switch them around. Or write your own and show it to us, and we’ll put it up!