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ERIC Number: ED557721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 32
Evaluation of the Facilitated Communication Pilot
Cooper-Martin, Elizabeth
Montgomery County Public Schools
The Office of Special Education and Student Services asked the Office of Shared Accountability to evaluate the "Facilitated Communication Pilot." In facilitated communication (FC), people with communication impairments express themselves by typing with the aid of a communication partner, called a facilitator, who provides physical (and other types of) support. Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools (MCPS) committed to the FC pilot in late spring 2013 with four Grade 5 students. Each one had a paraeducator facilitator and was included in general education classes for the first time by the end of school year 2013-2014. The pilot's goal was for students to demonstrate their learning of the general education curriculum, initially through FC and longer term, through independent communication without facilitation. The goals for this study were to help assess authorship of messages (i.e., whether students' typed messages about schoolwork can be attributed to the student rather than to the facilitator), to study an approach that MCPS had not previously used, and to determine the efficacy of the pilot. The report includes a summary of the findings and recommendations and also contains the appendix: Number and Type of Language Function in Messages from Students.
Montgomery County Public Schools. 850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Tel: 301-309-6277; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), Office of Shared Accountability
Identifiers - Location: Maryland