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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.

Invitation to Participate in a Research Study

The Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) in Syracuse, NY and the Hussman Institute for Autism in Baltimore, MD 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.

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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.