Name: Jamie Burke
Location: Syracuse, NY
Typing Since: Pre-school
Jamie Burke, graduated from Syracuse University in May 2013 with a B.A degree from the College of Arts and Science. For him, college was, "an experience of being able to demonstrate my ability, even with the baffling issues of autism”. Outside of his academics Jamie enjoys reading, attending the Syracuse Symphony, bowling, being at camp on Lake Ontario, and spending time with his family.
Jamie has been using Facilitated Communication for most of his life, and has been included in regular classrooms alongside his peers from preschool on. Since the age of twelve Jamie has successfully honed his skills reading his typed words aloud. He continues to develop his ability to speak his words and work towards even more independence in his typing.
Jamie is an active member of the FC community and frequently shares his journey through his writing and presentations. He aims to teach those he encounters not only about FC, but about respect and true communication on the large scale. He firmly believes that, "having to take time to listen to someone with communication differences may teach the journey of patient worth and joy of connection that is as good as gold".
Disability Studies in Education Conference Presentation