Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
The Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series is a community and continuing education program provided for Division of Developmental Disabilities staff, community provider agencies, people with disabilities, and family members to enhance their knowledge and skills in innovative approaches and state of the art practices for people with developmental disabilities.
Eight sessions of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series are held each year, four in the Fall, and four in the Spring. Nationally known speakers with expertise in their field serve as faculty for the program, each conducting a morning presentation and providing technical assistance in an afternoon forum. Over 1,500 people attend the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series each year.
See the descriptions of current sessions and registration information below.
Employment First, Our Collective Journey
Cesilee Coulson, MS
The term “Employment First” describes how state and local systems across the country implement the values and goals of employment services available to individuals and families. As an Employment First state since April, 2012, New Jersey will seek to align these services and offer integrated individual employment before other service options. This requires significant system change and technical skill from providers. While each state has their unique approach to Employment First, this session will focus on proven strategies from the experience of other states which can be adopted to create quality community employment outcomes.
Community Supports – It’s About Quality
Derrick Dufresne, MBPA
New Jersey is beginning to implement a Supports Program funded through Medicaid. As individuals and families seek these services, it is crucial that supports are available and provided in ways that meet the needs and preferences of the consumer. The presentation will give providers a basis for which to create new models for service as NJ system reform is implemented. We will discuss the importance of supporting self-direction, recognizing people with disabilities as citizens rather than clients, crafting approaches that seek to define quality from the viewpoint of the customer, and developing services and supports that meet customer expectations.
Relationships: Healthy, Happy, and Sometimes Not…
Marklyn Champagne, RN, MSW
Enjoying happy, healthy relationships is a complex endeavor, and more so for individuals with developmental disabilities. Differences in experience, lack of opportunity, and vulnerability to abuse all contribute to the need for education and support. This presentation will define different kinds of relationships for a variety of age groups and in different settings. It will provide specific behavioral skills and strategies necessary for being with people. Examples of a range of relationships from healthy to abusive will be explored and addressed.
Cultural and Linguistic Competence:
Tawara D. Goode, MA
Cultural competence and linguistic competence are widely recognized by policy makers, educators, researchers, and service providers as fundamental aspects of quality in health and human services. Many organizations, including those concerned with disabilities, continue to struggle with the full integration of cultural and linguistic competence into their values, policies, structures, and practices. This lecture will apply conceptual frameworks of cultural and linguistic competence to individuals and organizations that support adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Fee information: Free of charge. Registration is required and space is limited.
Continuing Education Available: ASWB, CRCC, CCMC, DDNA, NJDOE. View Continuing Education details
Please note: Submission of the online form is not a confirmation of registration. Submission of the online registration form sends an email request to The Boggs Center. When your form is received, Boggs Center
For more information: Please email Debbie Mahovetz or call 732-235-9543.
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Spring 2014 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
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