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New Resource on Voting in New Jersey’s 2020 Primary Election

Voting in NJs 2020 Primary Election cover imageThere will be changes to the voting process for this year’s Primary Election to keep people healthy and safe from COVID-19. New Jersey’s Primary Election has been postponed to July 7th and most people will Vote-By-Mail. This one-page resource developed by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights New Jersey, and the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities provides information for people with developmental disabilities about options for voting in the 2020 Primary Election.

Caroline Coffield, PhD, Honored with Distinction of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

 

Caroline CoffieldCaroline Coffield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Director of Pre-service Training at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Training Director of NJLEND, was honored with the distinction of Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). The designation of Fellow is conferred after an individual has at least 7 years of continuous membership in AAIDD, with an established record of participation in the professional and business affairs of the Association, and is judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability. A member of AAIDD since 2008 and Co-chair of its Health and Wellness Interest Network since 2015, Dr. Coffield’s contributions to program development, improvement of service systems, teaching, and research have benefitted people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Jersey and their families.


Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Elected President of National APSE - the Association of People Supporting Employment First

Margaret Gilbride
Margaret Gilbride JD, CT, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director of Transition and Employment at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was elected President of National APSE - the Association of People Supporting Employment First. She began her term as President of the National APSE Board of Directors on June 16, 2020. Margaret Gilbride also serves as President of the New Jersey chapter of APSE. APSE is the only national organization with a focus exclusively on inclusive employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

 

The Boggs Center’s Commitment to Racial Justice


“In just three months, a microscopic particle has laid bare human mortality," Elizabeth Dias wrote in the New York Times on June 7, 2020, of the coronavirus. In the 8 minutes and 46 seconds that a policeman knelt on the neck of George Floyd and ended his life, the racism of the United States was laid bare. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, and the disproportionate deaths of black people due to COVID-19, are inextricably linked as vivid and wrenching examples of systemic racism, discrimination, and inequity. The Black Lives Matter movement and on-going demonstrations for justice challenge us to address racism and discrimination directly, educating and examining ourselves, evaluating our work, and empathizing with the pain and fear that is continually experienced by black colleagues, friends, and those we teach and serve.

 

As a program dedicated to promoting full participation in all aspects of community life, we know that racism and other forms of discrimination intersect with disability. We are painfully aware that premature births and
maternal mortality are disproportionately high in the black community; that young black children are more likely than their white peers to be diagnosed or classified as having emotional or behavioral disorders rather than developmental disabilities and more likely to be expelled from school, even in pre-school; that disabilities are diagnosed at later ages in children from black and other minority communities, and that they are less likely to have access to specialty care than their white counterparts and more likely to be given medication rather than treatment; and that the persistent income inequality between black and white families is heightened when a black family has a child with a disability.

 

The Boggs Center is committed to promoting and advancing racial justice and cultural and linguistic competence. We welcome those who wish to collaborate in creating equity and justice. We take on this work with an urgency of purpose, the necessity of looking inwardly and outwardly, and with open hearts. In this work and all we do we will heed the words of James Baldwin:

 

“The moment we cease to hold each other,
the moment we break faith with one another,
the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.”

June 2020

 

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  • Information and Resources Related to COVID-19

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDC imageAcross the world, we are experiencing an unprecedented set of challenges as we all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other protective measures. Having reliable, up to date information and resources to help us better understand COVID-19, necessary health and hygiene precautions, and strategies to maintain emotional well-being is important to us all. 

     
    The Boggs Center, as New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, has compiled a selection of resources from New Jersey and across the country that may be useful to the disability community across the state. 

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COVID-19 Update Related to Boggs Center Events

 

Updated April 17, 2020

 

  • In effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and protect those who are most vulnerable, Boggs Center events have either been moved online or are postponed in compliance with Rutgers University’s directives related to public events.

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