Facilitated Communication: And how it affects the Hub
Facilitated Communication is one of those divisive issues lurking under the surface at Autism Hub. The issue tends to pit the strong science/skeptic types in the Hub against the self-advocates and those well known for being their allies. Of course it is not really that simple. Some of the self-advocates are also notable skeptics and/or scientists.
I think this is one more reminder that we members of Autism Hub are not lockstep.... we are not monolithic. It is inevitable that we will disagree strongly on some autism issues. I think it is also important to recognize that this is okay, this is healthy. It would be far more troubling to me, if we had only had some absolute stance on the subject; some sort of dogmatic approach that forbade dissent and critical commentary.
It would be sad if a divisive issue (FC is really just one example) caused to forget all our points of agreement…. of shared advocacy. However, it would be just as bad, if we suppressed our criticisms, if for the sake of unity, we engaged in groupthink. I have written before why it is so important to express criticism for both ethical and logical reasons.
I suppose I ought to plainly state that I fall into the traditional skeptic camp on this issue. I will warn the viewer that in the second part of this series I am going to be very critical of certain aspects of Facilitated Communication. I hope that even the advocates of this idea are able to take something productive from my criticism and do not merely find that reading it is an exercise in frustration.
That said, comments and rebuttals are always welcome.