Establishing Communication Systems for Non-Verbal Learners


The National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities (NJC) developed the Communication Bill of Rights ( which states, “All people with a disability of any extent or severity have a basic right to affect, through communication, the conditions of their existence.”

Educators, including speech-language specialists should collaborate to assist non-verbal learners in being able to access their basic communication rights including:  The right to express personal preferences and feelings; the right to make choices from meaningful alternatives; the right to make comments and share opinions; and the right to ask for and give information, including information about changes in routine and environment. This workshop will discuss practical, evidence-based methods for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of non-verbal communicators. Low, medium, and high-tech communication tools will be reviewed. Strategies for successful implementation of communication systems will be presented. As an interprofessional approach is in the students’ best interests, special educators as well as speech-language specialists are encouraged to attend this workshop.

The workshop will be presented by Dr. Amy Hadley.
Dr. Amy Hadley is an Associate Professor of Communication Disorders at Stockton and Director of the University’s Graduate Program in Communication Disorders.

The SRI&ETTC is working with the School of Health Sciences to provide ASHA CEUs for these programs.  More information will be available shortly.

Audience: Speech-Language Specialists (SLS), Child Study Team Members educators as well as speech-language specialists are encouraged to attend this workshop.
Workshop Code: F19019
Dates: Friday November 30, 2018

From: 9:00 to: 3:00

Cost: $178 OR 7 ETTC Hour(s). For info on membership, call the ETTC.

Instructor: Amy Hadley
Location: SRI & ETTC - Meeting Rooms 107A - 109A

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