A broad term that describes people with severe speech, language and communication impairments. Includes those who are able to speak but have difficulty with comprehension or expressing their wants and needs, and those who are not able to speak but can express themselves through gestures and behaviours. It also includes those who have sensory and physical support needs which affects their ability to engage in communication, and those who require extra time to process what is said and to respond. CCN can include, but is not limited to, those who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, and learning disabilities to name a few.

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