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Published on Oct 5, 2011
Tim Chan is a 16 year old young man from Melbourne, Australia. He has autism and very little speech. Over the last seven years, Tim has successfully used facilitated communication training as a strategy to achieve virtual independence of communication. In this video he demonstrates the different levels of physical support he has required over this time. When we first met Tim he was using full wrist support and only typing with his mother and communication specialist. For several years, some people did not support Tim's access to this method of communication on the grounds that its authenticity was questionable. But Tim now states that if this communication method had not been given to him he would not be typing independently now: 'I would not get to this stage if I did not get full support initially'. As a result of Facilitated Communication Training, Tim has a wealth of life opportunities available to him which he would not have otherwise.
Tim Chan and his family have given their permission for the release of this footage as an educational resource. Direct inquiries to Communication Rights Australia: firstname.lastname@example.org