Facilitated Communication

DAIL's Commitment to Communication Choice and Facilitated Communication


Abuse Allegations through Facilitated Communication Guidelines - Guidance for Vermont developmental disabilities services agencies, schools and other organizations on the process to follow in the event a person using facilitated communication makes an allegation of abuse, neglect or exploitation.

Assessment to Determine Candidacy for Using Facilitated Communication - Guidance on the assessment that is needed to determine if someone is a good candidate for using facilitated communication.

Best Practices in Facilitated Communication Training - Recommended Best Practices when using facilitated communication (adapted from the Facilitated Communication Institute Training Standards)

Facilitated Communication Training: Practice Guidelines and Validation Guidelines - This guidance was developed in 1994 by the Vermont Facilitated Communication Network (now the Vermont Communication Task Force) to help ensure valid communication and provide safeguards against improper use of Facilitated Communication.

Information on Facilitated Communication Training in Vermont - Summary of facilitated communication (FC) training that is available in Vermont and that is part of a total communication approach.

Institute on Communication and Inclusion - The Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) at Syracuse University gives a voice and a means to communicate to people with disabilities, who may have otherwise been living in silence or isolation, by conducting research and promoting support for people with disabilities to communicate in schools and society.  ICI provides training and public dissemination that focus on school and community inclusion, narratives of disability and ability, and disability rights.

Pointing Forward: Exploring the Research on Typing to Communicate – Webinar
This Wellspring Guild webinar is presented by Christy Ashby, Ph.D., Institute on Communication and Inclusion at Syracuse University. It provides information about what ‘typing to communicate’ is; an analysis of what is meant by research and the research debate; and alternatives to message passing/validation studies. Note: There was an unintentional break in the recording so the 1 hour webinar is in two parts, with a short section in the middle that is missing.

Training and Technical Assistance for Facilitated Communication - Brief summary of the types of training and technical assistance recommended to produce qualified, competent facilitators.

United for Communication ChoiceUnited for Communication Choice is a grassroots effort organized by individuals with disabilities, their families, and allies to defend and protect the human, civil, and legal rights of children and adults with disabilities to choose their most effective methods of communication. Of particular interest is their in-depth Research page that provides a compilation of supportive peer-reviewed research that outlines “abundant evidence [that] supports…facilitate communication and similar methodologies that teach individuals with complex communication needs to communicate effectively by typing or pointing to letters on a letterboard.”

Vermont Facilitated Communication Guidelines - Guidance that provides a set of consistent standards for the delivery of services to support the use of facilitated communication (FC) as a means of communication for individuals receiving developmental disability services in Vermont.