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People using facilitated communication must be supported, not scrutinised, writes Marlena Katene 18 maart 2012
If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein.I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where we could not express what it is we desire in any given situation? We would wake up and our days would be predetermined by either some well meaning family member or possibly even a carer that has no emotional connection to the very decisions they are making on our behalf. As someone who is non verbal, living in a verbal world, my biggest fear in life is that I will not be given the opportunities required to communicate in the many roles I choose within my community. I am, in fact, writing this article using Facilitated Communication. While I can communicate independently, I can do so much faster and more efficiently with some support.

How would the general Australian public fare if they were instructed for one year that anything they spoke in the English language would not be recognized or acknowledged? I think frustration is a word that would come to the minds of many but for some they may even rise above this challenge and still find unique ways to convey what they wish to. Facilitated communication is still, in many respects, not acknowledged or respected even in a supposed forward-thinking country such as our own. People are constantly fighting for the right just to prove intellectual ability.
I also wonder how Ms Anne MacDonald successfully won her case in the Supreme Court and the right to leave the institution she would be incarcerated in, and gone on to earn a university degree. As a university student myself, there are many people who ensure my work is my work. I too have been tested on many occasions by people who have no experience in facilitated communication at all; they do not just hand out degrees. Validity and integrity is at the forefront of any good university degree.zie ook

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