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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

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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