Celebration of Communication Saturday, June 16th, Cancelled

June 11, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE Due to graduation ceremonies of two of our typers, the Celebration of Communication scheduled for Saturday, June 16th, has been cancelled. See you next month.  We are pleased to announce that our next Celebration of Communication which will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM. Please join us on the 3rd Saturday…


Poorman the Compassionate, An Essay and Interview by John Smyth

February 8, 2018

  Nonverbal autistic John Smyth is a prolific writer. He is currently in his sophomore year at Marian University in Indianapolis, IN. As a class assignment in his Theology course, John was given this assignment: Reflect on a person whom you know that demonstrates Compassion After talking with this person, write a reflection on your…


UPDATE: Joey Tharp Completes Ironman Triathalon to Honor His Nonverbal Autistic Brother and Support Saved By Typing

October 20, 2017

Over the last few months, we have been writing about Joey Tharp’s plans to run the grueling IRONMAN Louisville Triathalon in honor of his brother Clayton, who, for 27 years, was unable to tell his brother that he loved him because Clayton has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that made him unable to speak or…


Interactive Planner for Caregivers

September 6, 2017

We want to thank Rachel Anne Zimmers for telling us about this online interactive planner that can help you plot your child”s schedule, meals, activities, medications, and more. All parents know how difficult it is to keep track of everything going on with their kids. From meals, to medications, to the daily schedule, children’s lives…


The Babble Out Blog

September 6, 2017

We received an email from Zoey Miller, the founder and editor-in-chief of The Babble Out, a blog dedicated to issues parents, especially new moms, face on a daily basis. Topics discussed include Baby & Parenting, Health as it pertains to both babies and parents, and Life issues that we all deal with. “As a working…

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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…


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,…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Clayton Tharpe

April 10, 2017

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…


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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