Contested Words, Contested Science: Unraveling the Facilitated Communication Controversy

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Douglas Biklen, Donald N. Cardinal
Teachers College Press, 1997 - Education - 245 pages

Facilitated Communication is a lightning rod of controversy in the world of special education. Its proponents claim that the technique of allowing persons with utism, Down Ssyndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders to type their thoughts on a computer keyboard allows for the release of previously unknown intelligence and communicative abilities. Its detractors claim that it is a hoax whose validity is yet to be proven.

With this book, Douglas Biklen and Donald Cardinal present an impressive collection of new studies providing evidence in support of facilitated communication, including a study carried out by a person who uses Facilitated Communication, Eugene Marcus, a young man with autism. Other contributors include: Darlene Hanson, John Wakeham, Shaswati Saha, Chris Kliewer, Stacey Baldac, Carl Parsons, Marjorie Olney, Mayer Shevin, Michael J. Salomon Weiss, Sheldon H. Wagner, and Rosemary Crossley.

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About the author (1997)

Douglas Biklen is Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education, Teaching, and Leadership; and coordinates the Inclusive Education Program at Syracuse University. He is a senior faculty member in the Center on Disability Studies, Law and Human Policy. He is the author of Access to Academics and Contested Words, Contested Science. He was Educational Advisor for the Academy Award winning HBO documentary Educating Peter and is coproducer of the CNN documentary Autism is a World.

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