Sunday, February 1, 2015

Resource list for Typing to Communicate - Suggestions to get you started!

When I first encountered a student with the label of autism, I felt very much alone.  There was virtually NO information available, no Google to search, no social networks to answer my questions.  It was very similar when I first started using Facilitated Communication, although I was, at least in the early years, in an environment that was very supportive.

Now, it seems, the opposite is true.  There is an overwhelming amount of information out there and it can be hard to sort it all out, and just about impossible to keep up with Internet news and discussions.
And if you happen to enter "Facilitated Communication" into a search box, much of the "environment" is definitely anything but friendly!

So, I have compiled a couple lists that I hope will be helpful in getting you started if you are interested in learning more.  Have fun!!!!

Suggested Resources – Typing to Communicate
Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone  by Douglas Biklen
Carly’s Voice by Arthur and Carly Fleischmann
Communication Makes or Breaks a Life by Roy Bedward
Contested Words/ Contested Science by Douglas Biklen
Facilitated Communication Case Studies: SEE US SMART! by Charlene Brandl
I am intelligent by Peyton and Dianne Goddard
I Might be You by Barb Rentenbach and Lois Prislovsky
Ido in Autismland by Ido Kedar
Paid for the Privilege by Dan Reed
Real People, Regular Lives by Sally Young
Reasonable People by Ralph and DJ Savarese
Sharing Our Wisdom by Gail Gillingham and Sandra McClennen
Synergy by Barb Rentenbach
The Clear Blue Sky of My Good Mind by Roy Bedward 
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
Any book by Soma orTito Mudkhopadyah 

Autism is a World
I am in Here 

Inside the Edge

Kayla’s Story

Wretches and Jabberers

Web Sites

Typing to Communicate - videos

D J Savarese
A “work in progress” by movie maker Rob Rooy, telling the story of DJ, as he went through high school in Iowa and then goes off to college.  LOTS of clips available on Vimeo!
A group of typers in Canada, with a great video sharing their words and telling their stories.
Shows Carly’s early life with autism and wrong assumptions. 
Jamie Burke’s story
A brief promo for the video, showing the growth of this one individual - who has now started talking along with his typing.
Demo of using FC with less support; Tim types about needing full support in the beginning. 
Marlena  Katane (Australia)
Marlena has Cerebral Palsy and loves typing with new facilitators and celebrities;  this focuses on showing that her communication is indeed valid, even though she needs physical support
Sue Rubin    Autism is a World
This is a clip from the documentary that was nominated for an Academy award.  Full length video is available in libraries across the country. 
Several different short videos available here, including at least one of a group, typing with whatever level of support each person needs.
This shows Soma’s early work with her son Tito using Rapid Prompting Method

Typing to Communicate - Blogs to browse/follow

Emma’s HopeBook
Ollibean (Amy Sequenzia)
Opinions Learned from RPM/Autism(Ann)
Amanda “Mel” Baggs
Cherubs Wired Differently (Peyton Goddard)
Faith, Hope, Love with Autism (Phillip)

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