Communication Rights

"Not being able to speak is not the same as not having something to say."  That's the first thing you read when you visit the Facilitated Communication Network site (below).  And they're right.  Communication is a fundamental right.  Everyone needs to be heard.  The question is, "Is everyone else ready to listen?"

The Autism Acceptance Project

The Autism Acceptance Project is one of my favorite sites. Packed with helpful and insightful resources and commentary, the site is a must for anyone who wants to break away from traditional ways of thinking about autism.  The project works to promote acceptance of and accommodations for people who experience autism.

Autism is a World

"Autism is a world" is a documentary about Sue Rubin, a woman who experiences autism.  She was diagnosed as a person with mental retardation until she was 13 when she began to communicate using a keyboard.  Now she is a junior in college.  This is a fabulous documentary by Geradine Wurzburg (who directed
Educating Peter) from CNN that I highly recommend.  You can order the DVD  through  (enter "Autism is a World" in the search box).

Autism National Committee (AUTCOM)

There are a lot of ways to "see."  The perspective that many people have of folks who experience autism is that they need to be fixed or changed to fit society.  The Autism National Committee sees the person first.

Autistics.Org -- Resources By and For Persons On The Autistic Spectrum

The purpose of is to connect people who experience autism with the resources needed to live whole and happy lives. The project is primarily by and for people who experience autism, not parents of autistic children, but, almost certainly families and professionals will find this web site helpful.

Herb Lovett

I was in Washington, DC in 1989 when I first heard Herb Lovett speak.  He revolutionized the way I think of people with disabilities.  I suspect he revolutionized
a lot of people's thinking.  His two books are timeless.  Both can be ordered from the AUTCOM bookstore.

Cognitive Counseling for Persons with Special Needs: Adapting Behavioral Approaches to the Social Context (1985).  New York: Praeger Publishers.

Learning to Listen (1998). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Ideas to Help You Understand How I Communicate with People

Jordan Ackerson is an 18 year old senior in high school who experiences autism. He and his mother plan to write a book about his journey through high school as a student with social and learning challenges. Jordan feels strongly about promoting acceptance of diversity and has begun to do public presentations on related issues. Contact him at

A great site for information about people who are wired differently and the implications for anyone who wants to be an ally. Lots of very helpful information.

Peyton Goddard Web Site

Peyton Goddard, the Cuyamaca College Valedictorian for 2002, is in the midst of a great journey, plotting a course to live a purposeful life. For the first time, she is "full-top" ready to embrace her future.  So begins the home page for this remarkable woman who will undoubtedly be recognized as one of the leaders in the struggle for communication rights.  Highly recommended!

Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication

"Learning to read and write is essential part of making our lives the best they can be. When a person who uses AAC can read and write they can use augmentative communication systems with unlimited potential to communicate whatever they want. When a person who uses AAC can read and write they are more likely to participate in their community, find employment, broaden their social network - they simply have more chances to do more things. " So begins the ACC's description of this year's international writing contest.  Check out their web site for additional information and resources.

Syracuse Facilitated Communication Institute

Give it up, folks.  Facilitated communication is a real thing.  Check out the Syracuse site for the latest information and research.

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