National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities logoNational 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. 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.


APTA's Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Annual Conference: November 17–19, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Customize your educational experience with more than 50 educational tracks in 8 pediatric specialty areas. See the full schedule, register, or exhibit.
*As a member of one of the APTA’s liaison groups, receive a discounted rate by completing the Conference Registration Form for Affiliated Groups form [PDF].

McLean-Yoder Award 
Congratulations to our 2017 winner: the Children’s Hospital of Richmond Assistive Technology Team! The McLean-Yoder Award honors a team that exemplifies high quality, professional service to individuals with severe disabilities. Learn more about the nomination process. The deadline for submissions for the 2018 award is May 31, 2018.

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.