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The McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence

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

The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC) is excited to announce the annual McLean-Yoder Award for Professional Excellence. This award is intended to honor a team that exemplifies high quality professional services to individuals with severe disabilities.

Teams that embody elements of interprofessional practices (IPP) are especially encouraged to apply. For more information on IPP, please refer to the article "The Trifocus Framework and Interprofessional Collaborative Practice in Severe Disabilities."

2019 Chime Institute - McLean-Yoder Award

Members of the NJC present the 2019 award to CHIME staff members.

The NJC is a group of professionals devoted to advocating for individuals with significant communication support needs resulting from intellectual disability, which may coexist with autism, sensory, and/or motor limitation. 

Winners of the McLean-Yoder Award award will receive an honorary plaque and recognition at upcoming conferences attended by members of the NJC. Judging will be based on meeting items listed in the Quality Indications Survey [PDF]. If you are a member of, or know of a team that meets most or all of the quality indications listed, we encourage you to apply.

To apply for the McLean-Yoder Award, please submit the following information to Bill Ogletree (NJC chair) at as an e-mail attachment. You may also mail the application to Bill Ogletree at:

Bill T. Ogletree, PhD (Committee Chair)
Program in Communication Disorders
College of Education & Allied Professions
Western Carolina University
G50 Mckee
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Application Information

  1. Name and position of nominated team members
  2. City, state and school district (if applicable)
  3. Person nominating team
  4. Contact information for nominator
  5. A completed copy of the table Quality Indications Survey [PDF]. Surveys may be completed by the nominator or the team. Self-nominations will be accepted.
  6. A narrative of 400 words or less that describes ways in which your team provides high quality interventions and demonstrates interprofessional practices (IPP) for individuals with severe disabilities.

The deadline for submission is May 31.

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