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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. The NJC is made up of representatives from eight member organizations, and focuses on research, policy, practice, and education. Read the history of the NJC.


NJC COVID-19 Resources
The NJC and related organizations have information for providers and others caring for individuals with severe disabilities during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. The NJC has also created this resource to help during this time: Communication Bill of Rights: Guiding Services for People With Severe Disabilities in the Context of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism.

McLean–Yoder Award   
The McLean–Yoder Award honors a team that exemplifies high quality, professional service to individuals with severe disabilities. Teams that embody elements of interprofessional practices (IPP) are especially invited to apply. Learn more about the nomination process. The deadline for submissions for the 2021 award is May 31, 2021.

NJC Network
The NJC Network is a group of professionals with a common interest in enhancing communication effectiveness for individuals with severe disabilities. Joining the network doesn't involve cost or any specific obligation. You'll hear about NJC networking opportunities. Join the NJC Network!

Guidance Documents

Articles and Presentations

View published articles and presentations by the NJC.