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Institute on Communication and Inclusion to host Annual Summer Institute July 28-30
The Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) at the School of Education will host its annual summer institute at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel from July 28-30. This year’s theme, “Envisioning the Future: Writing a New Disability Narrative,” boasts a particular focus on the lived experiences and artistic endeavors of individuals who use supported typing, a form of facilitated communication (FC) to communicate, and their families, friends and allies.
Each year, the ICI Summer Institute provides opportunities for attendees to meet, type, talk and learn with other FC users, families, educators and professionals from across the country and around the world, by participating in workshops, sessions and panels from a wide range of FC users and practitioners. Over 250 individuals, including 75 who type to communicate, are expected to attend this year’s event.
The conference will feature a range of national and international presenters and exciting events. Keynote presentations will be given by:
- Naoki Higashida: The author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, “The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism” (Random House, 2013), and featured in the documentary film “Wretches & Jabberers” (2010).
- Lydia Brown: An activist, scholar and Georgetown University student named a Champion of Change for the Americans with Disabilities Act by the White House. Brown blogs at http://www.AutisticHoya.com.
- Stephen Kuusisto: Syracuse University professor, poet and author of “Only Bread, Only Light” and “Planet of the Blind.”
Breakout sessions will be presented by panels of FC users from around the country, family members, facilitators, K-12 and university educators, and researchers. The conference will also offer workshops on memoir writing, narrative, poetry writing, rhythmic movement, adapted physical fitness, communication in schools, developing speech, artistic expression and skill building training sessions for FC users and their support teams. The complete conference schedule can be found at ici.syr.edu
For 20 years, the Institute on Communication and Inclusion has been giving a voice and a means to communicate to people with disabilities who may have otherwise been living in silence or isolation. The Institute on Communication and Inclusion conducts research and promotes support for people with disabilities to communicate in schools and society.