Defend Communication Rights!

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Raised by 146 people in 4 months
Many children and adults cannot use speech effectively to communicate due to various neurological and motor disabilities, including autism. These people use alternative means of communication to express their thoughts. The right to choose the most effective way to communicate is a fundamental human right. It is a fundamental legal right. Recently, a small group of activists has made it their mission to depict people who cannot speak as people who are not capable of intelligent thought. These activists are waging a well-organized, well-funded effort to deprive non-speaking individuals of their basic human right to communicate in the most effective way. 

These non-speakers are our children, friends and family. Please help protect and defend their basic right to communicate by donating to this campaign. 

Every dollar you donate will automatically be doubled! For every dollar you donate, a charitable foundation has offered to donate a dollar to match your donation, up to $10,000.

The funds raised in this campaign will be used to protect and defend these rights. The campaign will help establish a clearinghouse website for education and advocacy efforts. This new site will share research, evidence  and testimony regarding the successes and best practices of using open-ended augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods, like low-tech alphabet or letter boards as well as high tech methods like typing and speech-generating iPads. The campaign will also highlight the ethical and legal obligations of educators and professionals to support the communication rights of people with disabilities. 

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We have now raised just over $30,000 through this campaign. Thank you so much for your support!

Your generous contributions have made it possible for us to create a website at https://unitedforcommunicationchoice.org
and have made it possible for a coalition letter with the signatures of 23 national civil and disability rights groups to be sent to ASHA in response to their proposed position statements on both RPM and FC.
You can find a copy of the press release regarding this coalition letter here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-coalition-united-for-communication-choice-oppose-ashas-attempts-to-restrict-communication-choice-300682257.html?tc=eml_cleartime

Even though we have made great strides in our effort to defend communication rights, in order for this work to continue we will need ongoing financial support.

Please consider sharing this campaign within your personal networks in order to help us spread the news of this important campaign around these critical issues.

Thank you again for your support!
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We met our first goal of raising $10,000 which is being matched by a generous donor! Many thanks to those of you who have contributed so far. Please continue to share this campaign far and wide.
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