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ICI 2-Day Workshop: Supporting Communication – Developing Frameworks for Support and Learning to be a Facilitator, October 5-6

July 25, 2017

  The Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) at Syracuse University will conduct a 2-day introductory workshop on supporting communication for nonverbal autistics. Facilitated Communication is one method used in accessing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) equipment. This two-day workshop provides the opportunity to learn the techniques of facilitated communication within the context of the…

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Facilitated Communication Training Program, Part 3: Moving On Up! – Saturday, August 19, 2017

July 18, 2017

Facilitated Communication Training Program, Part 3: Moving On Up! – Saturday, August 19, 2017 Program | Registration Information | Location   Our ongoing Training Cycle for Communicators and Support Teams, a series of eight monthly FC Training Workshops, continues with the third workshop in the series, Moving On UP!, on Saturday, August 19 from 9 AM to…

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SBT’s Next Celebration of Communication is Saturday August 19, 2017

July 18, 2017

REGISTER for Our Next Celebration of Communication on Saturday, August 19, 2017   We are pleased to announce that our next Celebration of Communication which will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM. Please join us on the 3rd Saturday of every month for our Celebration of Communication. These informal gatherings provide…

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In Memorium: Nancy Baughman

June 27, 2017

In Memorium It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Laura Poorman’s mother Nancy Baughman on Friday, May 26, 2017. In addition to Laura, she is survived by her husband David, her children Mike Baughman and Lisa Beck, grandchildren Mark, Bethany, Morgan, Natalie, Chelsea, Amanda, great grandchild Patrick, brothers Hershel Sandlin, David Sandlin,…

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Adriana Smith, Typer

May 25, 2017

In February of 2016, 16 year old Adriana Smith and her brother Noah found their voices with the help of Saved ByTyping. They transferred to Hamilton Southeastern High School in March 2017, after previously attending schools in Plainfield, Avon, Damar Charter Academy and Brakensdale (England). Both teens will be representing Sharonsweb Autism Foundation (www.sharonsweb.com) by…

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Noah Smith, Typer

May 25, 2017

In February of 2016, 18 year old Noah Smith found his voices with the help of Saved ByTyping. He and his sister Adriana transferred to Hamilton Southeastern High School in March 2017, after previously attending schools in Plainfield, Avon, Damar Charter Academy and Brakensdale (England). Both teens will be representing Sharonsweb Autism Foundation (www.sharonsweb.com) by…

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ACCEPTS, Inc.: FC Support and Advocacy for North Florida and Southeast ASD Community

May 9, 2017

As members of the extended Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, we’ve all heard the statistics. As of 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children have some form of ASD. One symptom of these disorders is the inability to speak or communicate, with as many as 25% of…

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Writing Contest Winner Disqualified By Odd Fellows Because He is Autistic

May 2, 2017

This story about how Autism Acceptance still has a long way to go was brought to our attention by our good friend Casey DePriest from Optimal Rhythms, Inc./Access Academy in Evansville. It seems that a young man named Niko Boskovic submitted an essay to a national writing contest held by the Odd Fellows, a national…

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Matt Hayes’ Documentary “My Voice” Silenced in Central Indiana

April 27, 2017

A few years ago, we wrote about a remarkable young man named Matthew Hayes who has been autistic since birth and started typing at a very young age, which surprised everyone because he was thought to be mentally retarded and could not think normally. Matt’s journey from silence to the discovery of his “voice” through…

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Clayton Tharpe

April 10, 2017
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Wellspring Guild: Employing Best Practice Standards for Facilitated Communication Training and Support

April 6, 2017

Facilitated Communication (FC,) also known as Supported Typing (ST) is, put simply, a technique in which physical, communication, and emotional support is provided by a facilitator to an individual with a communication disorder (communicator). Facilitated Communication Training (FCT) is a strategy within the methods of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) where the facilitator provides a…

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2017 Midwest Autism Summer Institute: Advocating for Access – June 22 and 23

April 5, 2017

For many of us, Summer Vacation includes a trip East to attend the Syracuse University Institute on Communication & Inclusion‘s Autism Summer Institute. This year, however, the ICI will not be hosting a conference on the East Coast. Instead, they will join forces with the University of Northern Iowa for the 2017 Midwest Summer Institute:…

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Nonverbal Autistic’s Brother Shows Support by “Racing for a Voice”

March 3, 2017

Joey and Clayton Tharpe are loving brothers. Unfortunately, as much as he wanted to, for 27 years Clayton was unable to tell his brother that he loved him. The reason for this is that Clayton has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that made him unable to speak or communicate in any effective way with his…

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3rd Annual Rethinking Autism Conference Returns April 20-21, 2017

March 2, 2017

Click to Scroll Down to Event & Registration Details   After last years highly successful event, Optimal Rhythms, Inc. / ACCESS Academy will host the 3rd Annual Rethinking Autism Conference this April, which is National Autism Awareness Month, an initiative created to “promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person…

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March Supported Typing Coaching Workshop & Typers’ Training Cancelled

February 21, 2017

The Coaching Workshop & Typers’ Training on March 3 – 5 Has Been Cancelled Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have cancelled the Supported Typing Coaching Workshop & Typers’ Training scheduled for March 3 – 5, 2017. If you registered with a credit card, refunds will automatically be made to your card in the next few…

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