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National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC)

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The purpose of the NJC is to advocate for individuals with significant communication support needs resulting from intellectual disability, that may coexist with autism, sensory and/or motor limitation.

  • Research
  • Policy
  • Practice
  • Education

Read the history of the NJC.

Announcements

  • Nominate an individual or team for the new McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence! The deadline for submission is May 31, 2015. Complete the application online.
  • The National Joint Committee held the "Research Challenges and Future Directions in Evidence-Based Communication Interventions for Individuals with Severe Disabilities" conference. A book of proceedings is under development.

Communication Bill of Rights

All people with a disability of any extent or severity have a basic right to affect, through communication, the conditions of their existence. All people have the following specific communication rights in their daily interactions. These rights are summarized from the Communication Bill of Rights put forth in 1992 by the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities.

Guidelines for Meeting the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities

Guidelines include recommended Philosophy, Assessment, Goal-Setting, Intervention, and Knowledge and Skills

Eligibility Issues

Access to Communication Services and Supports: Concerns Regarding the Application of Restrictive "Eligibility" Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

Communication Services and Supports for Individuals With Severe Disabilities: FAQs

NJC Published Articles and Products

NJC Presentations

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