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368,379 people killed, 306,096 injured and over $2,815,931,000 in economic damages

What's the harm in Facilitated Communication?

FC is a method that allegedly allows communication by those without the ability such as autism or cerebal palsy patients. Many studies have shown it is actually the facilitator doing the communication, not the patient.  Read more about Facilitated Communication

Here are 10 people who were harmed by someone not thinking critically.

Josh Johnson

Age: 13

False accusations of abuse

Josh's parents were contacted by a police detective investigating allegations made through facilitated communication. There was no supporting physical evidence, but the family spent their life savings defending themselves. Read more & more

Mark & Laura Storch & daughter Jenny

Age: 14
Red Hook, New York

Accused of molestation, 10 month trial
September 15, 1992

A 14 year old autistic girl with no speech accused her father and grandfathers of molestation through facilitated communication. Her grandfathers had been dead for many years, and there was no physical or other evidence. The judge dismissed the case. Read more & more

"Carla" & her family

Age: 29
Melbourne, Australia

Removed from her home

Severely disabled since childhood due to encephalitis, she allegedly accused her father, brother and mother of abusing her via FC. She was removed from her home and it was a year before a court agreed that the communication was invalid. Read more

"John Doe"

Onandaga County, New York

Accused of molestation
September 16, 1992

A 10 year old Down Syndrome girl accused her father of molestation through facilitated communication. The father had to move out of the home and faced a jail sentence, despite no physical evidence. A judge eventually dismissed the case. Read more

"John & Jane Doe"

West Bloomfield, Michigan

Accused of rape & neglect
November 23, 2007

A facilitated communication aide helped their daughter type out a rape accusation on a keyboard. The parents were charged, the father jailed for months. Evidence from a physical exam shows no rape has occurred. Read more & more

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