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The Association for individuals with Severe Handicaps, was organized in 1975 to provide equity, opportunity and inclusion for people with disabilities. TASH is an international organization offering conferences and a professional journal that carries articles on topics such as inclusion, facilitated communication, supported living, self-advocacy, positive behavioral practices, and issues of concern to families.

Breaking the Barriers  


Here you will find a TASH-supported website that emerged out of advocacy meetings concerning individuals with autism who use facilitated communication. The site features advocacy and access information as well as personal stories of people who use alternative methods for communication.

Peak Center


The Peak Center of Colorado Springs is designed to ensure that individuals with disabilities lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities. PEAK provides training, information, and technical assistance, including best practices, to families and the professionals working with them.



DEAL Communication Centre provides services to people who are unable to talk, or to talk clearly, as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy, strokes, acquired brain damage, autism, Down syndrome, or intellectual impairment - anyone whose speech is not clear enough, fluent enough or reliable enough to allow them to get across everything they want to say. The DEAL Centre is run by Rosemary Crossley in Australia and offers expertise and equipment, often at no cost, to individuals.

FC Institute


Established in the School of Education at Syracuse University in 1992, the Facilitated Communication Institute conducts research, public education, training and scholarly seminars. It was created as a way of bringing together the research community, people with disabilities, their families, and practicing professionals to examine, learn about, and share information on facilitated communication.

Kunc & Vanderklift


Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift offer extensive advocacy information and workshops in advocacy for individuals with disabilities. Their website includes a schedule of Professional Development on Disability and Non-Coercive Practices.

Institute on Disability


The Institute on Disability/UCED (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families.

Disability is Natural


The mission of this family-based website is to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included.

Paula Kluth


Dr. Kluth is an independent education consultant and independent scholar who is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Her website offers ideas, resources and her schedule of workshops and conferences.  In this web space you will find articles, web links, and resources that can be used to inspire positive change in schools and communities.

Autism National Committee


This autism advocacy organization is dedicated to "Social Justice for All Citizens with Autism" through a shared vision and a commitment to positive approaches. Our organization was founded in 1990 to protect and advance the human rights and civil rights of all persons with autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and related differences of communication and behavior. In the face of social policies of devaluation, which are expressed in the practices of segregation, medicalization, and aversive conditioning, we assert that all individuals are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.



The contents of this site were developed under grants from the U.S. Department of Education (nos. H324D010031 & H324C040213).  However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and no endorsement by the Federal Government should be assumed.  For further information, please contact the project Directors Dr. Christopher Kliewer at christopher.kliewer@uni.edu or Dr. Christi Kasa-Hendrickson at hendrick@chapman.edu.