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The Revised Communication Bill of Rights: An Advocacy Tool

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In 1992, the United States National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC) published the Communication Bill of Rights (CBR) in support of all individuals' rights as communicators. Since that time, the CBR has been used globally as a foundational document by individuals advocating for persons with severe communication impairments (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2013; Hurtig & Downey, 2009). The CBR has also been generated in symbol form for individuals with disabilities. In conjunction with a revision of communication-related practice guidelines for persons with severe disabilities, the NJC revised the CBR to reflect more current perspectives specific to communication and disability. This poster will compare the revised CBR with the original and provide suggested uses of the CBR as an advocacy tool in the context of the revised guidelines


Rose Sevcik    
Georgia State University
United States

MaryAnn Romski    
Georgia State University
United States

Amy Goldman    
Temple University
United States

Beth Mineo    
University of Delaware
United States


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