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Communications Bill of Rights

Everyone, including individuals with complex communication needs, has the right to participate in and affect their daily routine and the environment around them through communicative interactions. A number of specific communication rights are summarized by the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities (NJC) in the Communication Bill of Rights (2016). The bill was initially released with 12 statements in 1992 and updated to include 15 statements in 2016. By understanding and incorporating these rights in your practice, you help advocate for communication services and supports, promote inclusive opportunities, and encourage broader community acceptance.