ICI Autism Summer Institute: Communication and Inclusion – Principles for Going Forward

Our previous post in the 2012 ICI Autism Summer Institute series, Behavior is Communicative…But There Is More to Say than “I Am Mad”, discussed how people with significant behavioral needs, even those with limited communication skills, can learn to solve problems and be a part of their own support team.

Co-hosted by Syracuse University School of Education’s Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disabilities, the Autism Summer Institute is an annual conference that brings together FC typers, parents, facilitators/trainers, and educators for an educational and engaging journey, with workshops, presentations, panels and more.

Presentation: Communication and Inclusion: Principles for Going Forward (Strand A7)

Presenter: Douglas Biklen, Dean of the School of Education; Professor in Cultural Foundations of Education and Teaching and Leadership, Senior Researcher at the Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University

The Institute on Communication and Inclusion has many accomplishments, including the documentary films Autism Is A World and Wretches & Jabberers, which was co-produced by Professor Biklen, research on communication authorship of facilitated communication (FC) users, guidelines for exemplary practice of FC, examples and autobiographical accounts of people who communicate by typing, neuroscience references that demonstrate the usefulness of touch as a component of praxis, and more.

moving-forward-349x240Yet the idea that many people with developmental disabilities can communicate by pointing still meets widespread resistance.

This presentation focused on strategies for transforming the landscape of possibility to achieve full and free access to communication and inclusive education, suggestions for next steps, and recommendations from session participants.
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Next: Strand B1, Building Autistic Community: What Autistic Culture Can Mean To You
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Save the Dates July 28-30 for 2014 Autism Summer Institute:
Envisioning the Future: A New Disability Narrative

The Syracuse University School of Education is pleased to announce that the ICI will be hosting this year’s Summer Institute on July 28-30, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center. You can pre-register on the ICI website to be notified when conference registration opens.
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