National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC)
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.
Read the history of the NJC.
Nominate an individual or team for the new McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence! The deadline for submission is May 16, 2014. 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 on June 9–11, 2011, at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. 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.
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