By: Gary Walsh Re: Facilitated Communication Today's (Jan 21) Toronto Star has a front pag

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By: Gary Walsh Re: Facilitated Communication Today's (Jan 21) Toronto Star has a front page article titled "Autism 'miracle' a nightmare for family." Through "facilitated communication", a couples autistic son allegedly accused them both of repeated sexual assault. They were both arrested and have spent a considerable amount of money defending themselves. The charges were dropped the day before the scheduled trial when tests at the Clark Institute of Psychiatry revealed that the boy couldn't count beyond three, despite supposedly claiming to have been assaulted nine times, and is unaware of his own or others' sex. Tests showed that he could not describe objects that he had seen but which had not been seen by his "facilitators." The couple have filed and $8.5 million suit against York Region police, the York Region Catholic Separate School Board and Christian Horizons, Inc., operator of the group home where their son lived. Gary R. Walsh gary.walsh@canrem.com Richmond Hill, Ontario grwalsh@interlog.com * DeLuxe2/386 1.25 #5606 * Home Page: http://www.interlog.com/~grwalsh/

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