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ERIC Number: ED355740
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 221
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8077-3221-4
Communication Unbound: How Facilitated Communication Is Challenging Traditional Views of Autism and Ability/Disability. Special Education Series #13.
Biklen, Douglas
This book introduces "facilitated communication," a method of assisting people with autism to communicate by means of physical assistance in typewriting. The book is organized as a kind of a story around the author's own experience using the facilitated communication method, with examples of fieldwork using qualitative research to illustrate particular points and principles. The book begins with the account of his introduction to the method in Australia and then goes on to describe additional experiences with facilitated communication in various places. The third chapter considers use of the method with individuals with highly disordered speech. Chapter 4 offers accounts of parents and teachers who discovered facilitated communication on their own. Chapter 5 focuses on the controversy over the method, including issues of validity, the social meaning of disability, the power of prevailing paradigms, and the difficulties of change. Chapter 6 examines the messages of these individuals including their "not wanting autism" and the meaning of difficult behavior. In the final chapter the place of facilitated communication in understanding ability and disability is considered. An appendix contains training materials. (Contains 112 references.) (DB)
Teachers College Press, Columbia University, 1234 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027 (paperback: ISBN-0-8077-3221-4, $17.95; clothbound: ISBN-0-8077-3222-2, $39).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A