These are videos of some of my clients who learned to type with supported communication. They all gave their typed (and often verbal) consent. For those of you questioning the validity of this technique, this is also known as "proof of concept." Look at the eyes, and observe the behaviors. Note how engaged they are.
Meaghan is a force of nature. She was one of my first study subjects, and was nearly independent of support when she completed the study. Her mother Gail and her own determination took her the rest of the way. She is so intelligent and compassionate, and I am honored to call her my friend and colleague.
Andrew began typing in 2014. His default behaviors were screaming and chewing on his jacket. Those behaviors disappear when he types. He loves to learn and share his knowledge. Andrew wants to go to college and study history. His family has few resources to help him.
Jack will talk your ear off, but his speech is all scripted and repetitive. When he stops talking and types, he is eloquent and full of insight. Jack recently typed “A theory about my understanding is that I can’t learn anything unless I can repeat it out loud. That is wrong. I retain everything but can’t prove it conventionally."
Steven has been typing since 2014. He thinks of himself as an "autism ambassador" and has presented at various colleges and universities about the plight of the unreliably-speaking autistic. Steven has a lot of speech, but rarely says what he's truly thinking. His typing does that for him.
Ingrid is anxious 24/7, but has amazing focus when typing. You can hear her grinding her teeth and squealing throughout, but she gets her point across beautifully.
Eric has great difficulty controlling his eyes to select each letter. Verbal prompting and a very light touch on the shoulder remind him to use his central vision. He loves to discuss politics and religion (two topics that are usually verboten social conversations).