AffiliationUniversity of Arizona
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PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
CitationSimmons, W. P., Boynton, J., & Landman, T. (2021). Facilitated Communication, Neurodiversity, and Human Rights. Human Rights Quarterly, 43(1), 138-167.
JournalHuman Rights Quarterly
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AbstractFacilitated Communication (FC) has rightly been labeled a pseudoscience as there are no controlled studies showing its validity as a form of communication for people with severe autism or other disabilities. In controlled studies, it has been the facilitator and not the person with disabilities that is generating the communication. Spurious communications have led to numerous cases of sexual assault and false accusations of misconduct. Nev-ertheless, FC remains widely practiced and touted even by supposed experts. We argue that this controversy has important human rights implications, especially for activists attempting to amplify marginalized people’s voices by speaking for them, and raises critical questions about epistemological issues in human rights work. © 2021 by Johns Hopkins University Press.
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