Cultural Foundations of Education
Teaching and Leadership
School of Education
Douglas Biklen is Dean of the School of Education, Syracuse University. He is also Professor of Cultural Foundations of Education and Teaching and Leadership, Faculty in Disability Studies and Director of the Facilitated Communication Institute at Syracuse University. He is a founding faculty member of the Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies. His work involves teaching and research on the sociology of disability, inclusive education, and communication.
He has published numerous books, including Access to Academics (with Paula Kluth and Diana Straut), Schooling without Labels: Parents, Educators and Inclusive Education (1992), Achieving the Complete School (1985, coauthored with Robert Bogdan, Dianne L. Ferguson, Stanford J. Searl, and Steven J. Taylor), Community Organizing (1980), Community Integration (1987, edited with Taylor and Knoll), The Elementary School Administrator’s Practical Guide to Mainstreaming (1978), An Alternative Textbook in Special Education (1977 with Burton Blatt and Robert Bogdan) and Schooling and Disability (1989 NSSE yearbook edited with Dianne Ferguson and Alison Ford).
He was the executive producer of a documentary on inclusion entitled Regular Lives (1988) broadcast on PBS and was educational advisor to the HBO Academy Award-winning documentary Educating Peter. His current research on inclusion focuses on lessons drawn from autobiographical accounts of people with disabilities. He is co-producer of the documentary Autism is a World (State of the Art Inc. & CNN Productions 2004). He produced (with Zach Rossetti) the documentary My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2005). His most recent book, Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone is published by NYU Press (2005).
He has received numerous awards, including the Marc Gold Leadership Award of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, Syracuse University Chancellor's Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement and an Honorary Doctorate of Pedagogy from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. Autism is a World received an Academy Award nomination in 2004.
His studies related to communication began with a research project in Australia, funded by the World Rehabilitation Fund, which he published in the Harvard Educational Review (August 1990). Later, with Rosemary Crossley he edited an issue of the journal Topics in Language Disorders focusing on facilitated communication and in 1994 and 1995 he published two articles on the topic in the Journal of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps. News accounts of his work have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post Magazine, People Magazine, and on the CBS Evening News, NOW, Frontline, CNN News and ABC's Primetime Live. Professor Biklen has written two books on facilitated communication, the first entitled Communication Unbound published by Teachers College Press, Columbia University, in January 1993, and the second, co-edited with Donald Cardinal of Chapman University, entitled Contested Words, Contested Science: Unraveling the Facilitated Communication Controversy (1997, Teachers College Press). Contested Words, Contested Science won an American Education Studies Association Critics Choice Award for 1997.