The Boggs Center Welcomes New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2016-2017
The Boggs Center’s New Jersey Partners in Policymaking program held its first monthly session on November 4th and 5th. Funded by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, Partners in Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members. Over the course of the program, 9 adults with developmental disabilities and 12 family members selected from among nearly 70 applicants will strengthen their advocacy skills and be prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.
During the program’s monthly sessions, participants learn about best practices and important areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts. The inaugural session included presentations from Jane St. John, Community Inclusion Specialist at UMKC Institute for Human Development and graduate of Partners in Policymaking in Missouri, Gary Arnold, Public Affairs Manager for Access Living and President of Little People of America, and Katie Arnold, Director of Community Education for the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois Chicago and Executive Director of the Sibling Leadership Network.
Visit the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking page on The Boggs Center’s website to learn more about the program.
President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities Meets in Washington
Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, joined fellow members of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) for a meeting in Washington, DC. The mission of the PCPID is to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of Intellectual Disabilities. The meeting was held from November 30 - December 1, 2016 to plan for the Committee’s 2017 report to the President. Also in attendance were Maria Town, Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement and Liz Weintraub, PCPID member, Advocacy Specialist at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and former Boggs Center Consumer Advisory Council member.