Institute on Communication and Inclusion

For almost 20 years, the Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) has been giving 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. Formerly called the Facilitated Communication Institute, our updated name represents a broadened focus, reflecting lines of research, training and public dissemination that focus on school and community inclusion, narratives of disability and ability, and disability rights.

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Introductory Workshop in Supporting Communication: Developing Frameworks for Support and Learning to be a Facilitator
October 1-2, 2018
$125 per person (Group/family rates available)

The ICI is holding a 2-day workshop for facilitators, educators, therapists, families, and other support personnel on the techniques of facilitated communication within the context of the principles common to all communication support approaches. This is a learn-by-doing workshop packed with role-playing and simulations!
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A Reminder about Training and Practice Standards
During the ongoing facilitated communication training process, it is imperative that facilitators and FC users maintain consistency in adhering to standards of best practice. View updated information on these training standards and principles. 

Invitation to Participate in a Research Study

The ICI and the Hussman Institute for Autism are conducting a collaborative analysis of IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) of students with intellectual and developmental disability labels, including autism, who have complex communication needs who use, or may benefit from, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) in both New York and Maryland. We are looking for parents and students who are willing to provide us with access to current and past IEP documents, so that we can analyze the ways that communication supports are written into students’ academic plans. If you have questions about the project, please contact the researchers by emailing icistaff@syr.edu or calling 315-443-9379. If you are willing to participate, please proceed to our submission website.

Fit Families Program

The Fit Families program for children with autism promotes physical activity and research the correlating effects of an active lifestyle. Fit Families was developed by Luis Columna, Associate Professor in Exercise Science, along with a team of professors, students, and experts from in and around Central New York. It is supported by the John Hussman Foundation, J. Henry & Martha E. DeBoer Fund at the Central New York Community Foundation, and the Jim & Juli Boeheim Foundation.

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The Institute on Communication and Inclusion receives financial support from private individuals and foundations, and is part of the Inclusion Institutes, housed in the Syracuse University School of Education. We are grateful for the key support provided by the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation and the John P. Hussman Foundation.

Contact the ICI

330 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Phone: 315-443-9379
Fax: 315-443-2274
ICIstaff@syr.edu