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Lily Yip, 2019-2020 NJLEND Family Fellow Featured in AUCD Emerging Leaders Map

Lily YipLily Yip, 2019-2020 NJLEND Family Fellow, 2019 New Jersey Partners in Policymaking graduate, and mother of two adult children with autism and developmental disabilities, is featured in the Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ (AUCD) Emerging Leaders Map. The map showcases the contributions of diverse trainees and early career leaders in the AUCD Network. This year’s map highlights the work emerging leaders have done to enhance access for people with disabilities and facilitate dialogue and collaboration between centers. View Lily’s profile on the Emerging Leaders map to learn more about how she is working to improve access for individuals with disabilities through participating in The Boggs Center’s leadership education programs.

 

4th Annual NJLEND Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium

 

Join us on May 8 for the 4th Annual New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related
Disabilities (NJLEND) Maternal & Child Health Leadership Symposium, a program of The Boggs
Center on Developmental Disabilities, being held virtually due to precautionary measures in place to
slow the spread of the Coronavirus.


This online symposium will celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019-2020 class of NJLEND Fellows
and Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Trainees and feature a keynote presentation by Wendy Jones, MEd,
MSW, entitled A Leadership Journey: Working Towards Equity, Inclusion, and Cultural and
Linguistic Competence
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View details and register


 Registration is Open for the Spring 2020 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

 

Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Spring 2020The Boggs Center’s Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series is a community and continuing education program provided for professionals, policymakers, individuals 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. The Spring 2020 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series features national experts on autism, social inclusion, employment, and aging.

Free of charge. Space is limited and registration is required.
Continuing education credits are available. View details and register

  • A Life Course Perspective on Autism and the Transition to Adulthood: Using Population Level Data to Inform Policy and Practice
    presented by Anne Roux, MPH
    April 3, 2020 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, NJ
  • Having a Life: Building Social Inclusion for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    presented by Matthew Bogenshutz, PhD
    April 17, 2020 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, NJ

  • Making Employment a Reality: We’re All Responsible
    presented by Derek Nord, PhD
    May 1, 2020 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton, Mt. Laurel, NJ

  • Challenges and Opportunities in Serving Adults Aging with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
    presented by Tamar Heller, PhD
    May 15, 2020 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton, Mt. Laurel, NJ

 

NJLEND Featured in Exceptional Parent Magazine

 

Matching Future Professionals with Families of Children with Special NeedsThe Boggs Center's New Jersey Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program is highlighted in the most recent issue of Exceptional Parent Magazine. The article, "Matching Future Health Care Professionals with Families of Children with Special Needs," describes the mentor family component of the NJLEND program's curriculum and other educational opportunities which pair students with families of children with developmental disabilities to develop a deeper understanding of their experiences outside of a clinical context.

 

The article both emphasizes the important role of parents as educators, and is written by parents who work for SPAN Parent Advocacy, which partners with NJLEND to identify and prepare families from diverse backgrounds to participate as mentors. Two of the authors are former NJLEND Family Fellows and one serves on The Boggs Center's Consumer Advisory Council.

 

The full issue of Exceptional Parent can be accessed using the following link: https://reader.mediawiremobile.com/epmagazine/issues/205762/viewer

 

To learn more about NJLEND, visit the NJLEND page on The Boggs Center's website: http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/boggscenter/student/LEND.html


     

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Receives Joint Appointment to Rutgers RWJMS Department of Family Medicine and Community Health


Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhDDeborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and Professor of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, received a joint appointment as Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health in December. This appointment recognizes her ongoing efforts to promote the health care of individuals with developmental disabilities. Since 1989, Dr. Spitalnik has collaborated with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's Family Medicine at Monument Square to demonstrate the efficacy of health care coordination in increasing access to community-based primary care. This work originally began with a Health Services Initiative grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and is now expanding to examine the impact of Family Medicine physicians providing care to individuals with developmental disabilities during their residency training, develop longitudinal data on the health care needs of adults with developmental disabilities, and explore the development of care models for adults with IDD and co-occurring mental health and behavioral disorders.


NJLEND is Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-2021 Program

The NJLEND program is now accepting applications from graduate and doctoral level students from Rutgers and RBHS in the following disciplines, as well as family members:

• Dentistry
• Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics
• Genetic Counseling
• Nursing
• Nutrition
• Psychology
• Social Work

• Family is considered a NJLEND discipline. Parents and other family members are encouraged to apply as long-term fellows.


NJLEND is The Boggs Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program, and is part of a national network of LEND programs. NJLEND prepares graduate-level health and allied health fellows to provide high-quality, interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent care addressing the complex needs of children with autism, related disabilities and other maternal and child health populations. All NJLEND fellows are paired with a Faculty Mentor from their discipline who works with the fellow to integrate NJLEND requirements with the requirements of the student’s academic program, as well as to guide and reflect on their individual leadership development throughout the LEND year.

The long-term NJLEND training program is delivered across a 9-month academic calendar, and fellows are required to commit at least 300 hours to participation. The program can be utilized by students to fulfill a practicum or fieldwork requirement of their academic program. Curricular components of the NJLEND training program included in the 300 hours of participation are:

• Didactic Seminar Series
• Experiential Learning Opportunities
• Leadership Development
• Clinical Training

Visit the NJLEND page to learn more about the program, how to apply, and download the application.

Applications must be received by March 31, 2020. Once the application period has closed, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

 

Registration and Awards Nominations Open for 28th Annual Facing the Future Conference Co-sponsored with NJ APSE

Facing the Future 28: Elect Employment in 2020The 28th Annual Facing the Future Conference, Elect Employment in 2020, will be held on March 20, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick. The 2020 conference features a keynote presentation by Randy Lewis and 27 dynamic workshops. Continuing Education credits are available.

 

For conference registration, exhibitor/advertisement registration, and awards nomination information, visit the Facing the Future conference page. Save with early bird registration by February 7, 2020!

 

 

 

 

Help Us Decide: DDLS From Your Desk or DDLS On-the-Go?

The Boggs Center is excited to share two new ways to access key points and takeaways from selected sessions of our Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series. Learn about pressing topics, emerging trends, and innovative approaches in services and supports for people with disabilities from nationally-known experts in the field through DDLS From Your Desk and DDLS On-the-Go. Once you've checked out each, let us know which you prefer by taking the survey via link below.

DDLS From Your Desk

DDLS From Your Desk is the Center’s web-based video series, and is accessible anytime and anywhere with an internet connection.

The Fall 2019 episode, “Best Practices in Employment Supports: Where Do We Go with What We Know?,” features Kelly, Nye-Lengerman, PhD, Research Associate at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. Viewers will learn:

 

  • The barriers to competitive integrated employment
  • What the national data tells us about employment for people with disabilities
  • Strategies that employment professionals can use to establish successful relationships with job seekers and their families
  • How information learned through research can lead to changes on a larger level

Watch episode


DDLS On-the-GoDDLS On-the-Go is the Center’s podcast featuring brief interviews with presenters and perfect for listening while zipping around or stuck in traffic.

The inaugural episode, “Invaluable: The Unrecognized Profession of Direct Support,” features
Amy Hewitt, PhD, Director of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. Listeners will learn:

 

  • The primary challenges contributing to the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Workforce Crisis
  • How the DSP Workforce Crisis impacts people with developmental disabilities, their families, and provider organizations
  • Effective strategies for addressing issues related to DSP recruitment and retention
  • Recommendations for advocacy around DSP Workforce Issues

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Which do you prefer? Take the survey

Full-length audio recordings and handouts for all recent DDLS sessions are also available

 

 

The Boggs Center Serves as Foundational Partner in the New Jersey Council
of County Colleges’ VISION 2028

Vision 2028The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has committed to addressing disparities in access to higher education based on race, ethnicity, geography, and disability by partnering with the New Jersey Council of County Colleges to achieve its VISION 2028 strategic action plan, along with other statewide partners. VISION 2028 provides a framework for implementing initiatives that aim to increase the percentage of New Jersey’s working-age adults who have earned a post-secondary credential or degree to 65% by the year 2025.

In a press release about the initiative, Deborah Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, described the Center’s dedication “to working in partnership with the community colleges to create more opportunities for postsecondary education and career preparation for individuals with disabilities, infuse disability awareness and information into community college curriculum, and contribute to developing and sustaining the workforce that supports people with disabilities.”

The VISION 2028 executive summary and full report are accessible at: https://www.njccc.org/vision-2028


William Waldman Joins NJLEND Faculty to Share Expertise on Leadership

Bill WaldmanWilliam Waldman, former Commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Human Services and recently retired Professor of Professional Practice at the Rutgers School of Social Work, has joined The Boggs Center’s New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program faculty. Waldman’s career in social work and dedication to serving the public began at the Essex County Welfare Board and continued in various roles with the State of New Jersey, including his tenure as Director of the Division of Youth and Family, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and cabinet member for three state governors.


As NJLEND faculty, Waldman will focus on the program’s leadership curriculum, infusing more than 50 years of practice experience in supervision, management, policy development, and governance at the local, state, and national level into the development of a 4-part curricular series for Fellows. Deborah Spitalnik

Rutgers School of Social Work recently hosted the William Waldman Fellowship Gala to honor Waldman’s dedication to social justice in the state of New Jersey and to Rutgers. The gala, held on Friday, October 11th, supported the establishment of an endowed fellowship in Waldman’s name to assist students balancing education with family and work. Deborah Spitalnik, PhD, The Boggs Center’s Executive Director and Director of NJLEND, participated in a panel presentation on the need for bipartisanship to advance social justice as part of the event.

To learn more about William Waldman, his lifelong career in social work, and his leadership experience, visit: https://socialwork.rutgers.edu/news-events/news/prose-policy-alumnus-william-waldmans-journey-lifelong-career-social-work

 

Caroline Coffield, PhD, Receives Affiliate Faculty Appointment with Rutgers School of Social Work

Caroline CoffieldIn recognition of her significant contributions, Caroline Coffield, PhD, Director of Pre-service Training at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and NJLEND Training Director, was appointed as a Faculty Affiliate to the Rutgers School of Social Work. Dr. Coffield has taught a graduate course on Current Issues in Developmental Disabilities through the Rutgers School of Social Work in New Brunswick since 2013. She has also supported the education of Social Work students completing their field placement at The Boggs Center by developing didactic and experiential learning opportunities that advance their knowledge of disability and the service system. As a Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Coffield will collaborate with faculty and staff at the school to prepare future social workers through teaching, research, and coordinated interdisciplinary efforts to ensure their work will be maximally impactful, especially for individuals with disabilities and their families.

 

The New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) Program Enters Its Fourth Year at The Boggs Center

NJLEND 2019-2020 CohortThe Boggs Center’s NJLEND program began its fourth year with an orientation on September 6, 2019. Through the NJLEND program, graduate-level fellows prepare to provide interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent care addressing the complex needs of children with autism and related disabilities as well as other maternal and child health populations. Fellows participate in the weekly Didactic Seminar Series, as well as a range of experiential learning, leadership development, and clinical training opportunities. In addition, each NJLEND Fellow is mentored by a family living with disability. Children’s Specialized Hospital, with its extensive expertise and patient population with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and broad network of clinical services statewide, is the primary partner for clinical training aspects of the program. Rutgers’ Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center is also a clinical partner.

NJLEND represents a unique set of university, state, local, and family partnerships. The 2019-2020 NJLEND cohort includes 13 fellows, representing 5 academic disciplines from Rutgers and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, as well as family fellows who have children with disabilities. NJLEND provides fellows the opportunity to learn from experts in the field and receive support and mentoring from faculty in their respective discipline. NJLEND faculty come from 8 unique disciplines, including: Dentistry, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Genetics, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, Social Work, and Family.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, a component of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Pediatrics, is home to the NJ Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program. NJLEND is funded through the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the federal Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Services. Funding for LEND programs is authorized by the federal Autism CARES Act (Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support) [P.L. 113-157].

Visit the NJLEND page to learn more.


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