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Institute Co-Executive Director Appointed to Committee for People with Communication Needs

December 2013

PHOTO: Amy GoldmanAmy S. Goldman, Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities, has been appointed to the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Communication Disabilities.

The main objective of the committee is to advocate for people with intellectual disabilities (which might include autism or sensory and/or motor limitation) and who have significant communication needs.

Representatives from several organizations comprise the committee, including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, American Occupational Therapy Association, American Physical Therapy Association, Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society, TASH and the United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

In keeping with their stated objective, the committee will coordinate efforts regarding policy development, as well as the development of position statements and guidelines on assessment, personnel preparation, delivery of services, continuing education, and communication needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities who have significant communication needs.

Amy begins her three-year term on January 1, 2014.

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