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Augmentative Communication Sites

Facilitated Communication Training Sites

American Centres
European Centres
Position Statements 
Networks

American Centres

Institute for Communication and Inclusion

The Institute for Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University is committed to training,research and dissemination of information related to the use of Facilitated Communication or Supported Typing.

Facilitated communication training (FCT), is one form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) that has been an effective means of expression for some individuals with labels of autism and other developmental disabilities.  It entails learning to communicate by typing on a keyboard or pointing at letters, images, or other symbols to represent messages.  Facilitating communication involves a combination of physical and emotional support to an individual who has difficulties with speech and with intentional pointing (i.e. unsupported typing).

Led by Dean Doug Biklen, the Institute has distinguished itself as a national and international leader in FCT and AAC training and research. This has taken form not only in the traditional form of scholarly publications and books, but also through other mediums such as film, including the Acadamy Award nominated short documentary Autism is a World (2005) and the full length documentary Wretches & Jabberers (2011). 

FC Project (Phoenix, Arizona)
The Facilitated Communication (FC) Project operates in the greater Phoenix area to offer a variety of training and consultation services to persons involved with facilitated communication, including parents, professionals, and individuals with motoric and communication differences.
http://aztec.asu.edu/fcproj/

Facilitated Communication Coalition of Indiana
Through the provision of guidelines, resources, advocacy, training and technical assistance, the Facilitated Communication Coalition of Indiana supports the technique of facilitated communication, the people who use FC, and the people who directly and/or indirectly support facilitated communication.
http://www.bloomington.in.us/~fcindy/

Maine's Center for Community Inclusion

 A resource center listing people involved in the field is online at The Inclusion Institute.
 

European Centres

FC 2000 DK (Denmark)

Candle (Communication and Learning Enterprises) (UK)
Learning and Communication Support for young people and adults experiencing barriers to inclusion.

Zentrum für gestützte Kommunikation (Helvetica/Switzerland)
Sonnegstrasse 44 
CH-8006 Zürich 
Tel. +41 (0)1 253 14 25
fc-zentrum@gmx.ch

FC Netz Deutschland (Deutschland/Germany)
In FC NETWORK Germany seminar leaders with many years dealing with the theory and practice of supported communication have joined forces . Our concern is the competent and responsible application of this method. To ensure this, we provide in-service training  from FC NETWORK.

Position Statements

Autism National Committee Position on Facilitated Communication

TASH Resolution on Facilitated Communication

Center on Human Policy (Syracuse) Position Statement on the Facilitated Communication (FC) Controversy

Autism Society of Wisconsin Position Statement on Facilitated Communication

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Other organisations concerned with the right to communicate

Communication Rights Australia, CAUS
Human rights refer to basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled.  They signify basic standards which allow people to live in dignity. To violate someone's human rights is to treat that person as though she or he were not a human being. To advocate human rights is to demand that the human dignity of all people be respected.

TASH

Personal sites of people with an interest in Facilitated Communication Training

Networks

THE FC NETWORK
An e-mail network where FCT users can exchange tips and news. Send a message to join!

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