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Template:Use mdy dates Amy Sequenzia is an American non-verbal autistic prominent in the field of autism and disability activism. She is primarily known for the voluminous writings attributed to her, produced through the scientifically discredited technique of facilitated communication.
Scholarly consensus deems facilitated communication to be pseudoscience and finds that the facilitator, rather than the nonverbal person, is the source of messages obtained through the process.
Sequenzia was born in Miami and grew up in a community group home in St. Louis where there was a better special education program.Template:Sfn Sequenzia moved back to Florida in 2005. She has cerebral palsy, and is a member of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network. Writings and other commentary attributed to Sequenzia include poetry, contributions to the book Loud Hands,Template:Sfn and a speech to the Florida Legislature on issues relating to health and people with disabilities. In speaking panels, she uses a special iPad that "speaks" for her based on input typed by a facilitator.Template:Sfn
According to a facilitator, she identifies as a "non-speaking Autistic", preferring to use the capital letter as a mark of pride. A facilitator said that she is not ashamed of her condition. Additional statements made by her facilitator have included telling parents not to try and "fix" their children, but to celebrate and endorse who they are so they will be safe to live disabled, and criticizing Temple Grandin for only focusing on and listening to high-functioning autistics.
Criticism of facilitated communication
Facilitated communication is a scientifically discredited technique and there exists widespread agreement within the scientific community and within disability advocacy organizations that FC is not a valid technique for communicating with those having autism spectrum disorder. Research indicates that the facilitator is the source of messages obtained through the process.
According to skeptic Steven Novella, a professor at Yale University School of Medicine, Sequenzia's writings under FC are unusually eloquent for a nonverbal autistic individual. He additionally stated that there is no given explanation for how she spontaneously learned to read and write at an advanced level when she was eight years old.
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