1. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals

 2. a group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived, or perceiving itself, as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists.

At CHAT Collective, we believe fervently in the first definition of community, but take exception to the second.  It may be true, historically, that the Disabled Community was perceived as distinct, but there is no longer any reason to believe that membership shouldn’t be open to everyone.  We’re all a part of the rich and colorful fabric of humanity  that includes those with special needs — and we can all experience the joy and reward of engaging respectfully and effectively with them.

In the CHAT Collective Forum, we urge everyone to share thoughts, questions, ideas and resources.  If you’ve never posted on a forum before, dive in! The water’s fine and the other “fish” are friendly, helpful and eager to read your questions or responses.

In the CHAT Blog, we’ll be posting about news, trends, events and opportunities to advocate on behalf of nonverbal and limited communicators.  Please join in with your comments.  It’s through vibrant conversations that we grow, and as the old adage goes, “There’s strength in numbers!”

Under News, you’ll see what new products we’re developing and where Barb will be speaking, so please check in occasionally for updates.

And in What Can You Do?, you’ll find a list of simple, but vital, activities you can do and steps you can take to support NVC/LCs.  Please share these with family, friends, your  education and healthcare providers and every other individual or group you can think of. So often, people want to help, but they just don’t know how.  Major advances in society start with minor changes in thinking and behavior: this list provides some great starting points!

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