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Current Center News

Spring 2018

 

The Boggs Center Celebrates the Graduation of the 2017-2018 NJLEND Fellows
and Trainees at the 2nd Annual Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium


2017-2018 NJLEND Fellows and Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Trainees On May 11, 2018, the 2017-2018 NJLEND Fellows and Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Trainees graduated from The Boggs Center’s New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) program and The Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Traineeship program. The New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium was held at Children’s Specialized Hospital, New Brunswick, and featured a keynote address from Daniel A. Notterman, MA, MD, FAAP, Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and NJLEND Director, welcomed attendees from the Rutgers community, NJ’s state Title V program, the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN), and other state and community organizations. The highlight of the symposium was the NJLEND and Boggs Center Trainees Leadership Project Poster Presentation, during which each Fellow and Trainee presented about his/her leadership project conducted throughout their time in the respective programs during the academic year.

 

To learn more about the 2017-2018 NJLEND Fellows and Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Trainees, as well as their Faculty Mentors, please view the 2nd Annual Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium program.

 

Visit the New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (NJLEND) and Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Traineeship pages for more information about these student programs.

 

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD Honored with Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award from Rutgers University

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director and Professor of Pediatrics of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was honored with the Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award by the Rutgers Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes. The Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award recognizes outstanding individuals or groups that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and commitment to promoting and practicing diversity and inclusion at Rutgers University and/or in partnership with the broader community. Dr. Spitalnik was recognized for distinguished leadership as executive director of The Boggs Center and commitment to service and research influencing public policy. The award was presented at a ceremony on April 23, 2018 in New Brunswick, NJ.

Pictured: Deborah Spitalnik (left) and Barbara Lee, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 

Photo credit: Nick Romanenko/Rutgers University

 

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Now Accepting Applications

Deadline: July 15, 2018

NJ Partners in Policymaking graphicNew Jersey Partners in Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities (over 18) and family members of children and transition age youth available through The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. The goal of program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state. 

Participants selected for the program will learn about best practices and important areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts through a series of educational leadership development sessions held one weekend per month, beginning in September 2018 and ending in April 2019.
 

The Boggs Center is now accepting applications from people with developmental disabilities and family members of children or transition age youth for the 2018-2019 program. 

Download the application to learn more about the program and how to apply.

 
Applications must be received by July 15, 2018. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by August 1, 2018.  

Visit the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking page for additional information. 

 

The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2017-2018

2018 Partners in Policymaking 2018 GraduatesOn April 21, 2018, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2017-2018. New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members available through The Boggs Center with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. This year’s graduates included 7 self-advocates, 12 family members, and 1 family member/UCEDD Trainee prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.

Colleen McLaughlin, The Boggs Center’s Associate Director and Partners Project Director, welcomed graduates and invited guests, and provided an introduction to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking program. Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center, delivered messages of inspiration, hope, and a charge to action as part of the event. The impact of the Partners program was addressed in remarks by Kevin Casey, Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) and Paul Blaustein, NJCDD Chair. Through panel presentations, this year’s graduates shared what they learned in the program and their plans for advocacy after graduation.

To learn more about this year’s graduates, their experiences over the past 8 months, and the impact of the Partners program, view the “Program Takeaways” video featuring the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2017-2018.

Congratulations to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2017-2018:

Michael Bertram
Karen Carlson
Richard Charles
Michael Davidson
Steve Gruzlovic

Jodi Hawkswell
Alnetta Hooper

Jonathan Kratchman
Genevieve Kumapley
Ryan Lamson

Dria Law
Anfal Muhammad-Jenkins
Harold Murunga
Fanny Ochoa

Janet Onufer

Tara Palamarik
Jeff Prendergast
Michelle Purri
Sumana Rangachar
Danielle Senior

 

Voting: It’s Your Right! Get Ready for the 2018 Midterm Election

Register by May 15th to vote in the primary election on June 5th

Voting: It's Your Right! Get Ready for the 2018 Midterm Election coverThe Boggs Center is excited to share Voting: It’s Your Right! Get Ready for the 2018 Midterm Election, a new fact sheet to help advocates get ready, get involved, and get out to vote in the primary election on June 5th and the midterm election on November 6th.

Readers will learn about:
• the importance of midterm elections
• key dates and information on voter registration
• getting to know the candidates and issues at stake
• voting in primaries and general elections

For even more information on the voting process in New Jersey, voting rights, and accessibility, check out the Voting: It’s Your Right guide developed by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with New Jersey’s Administration on Developmental Disabilities Partners, Disability Rights New Jersey and the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Voting: It’s Your Right is available for download in English and Spanish on The Boggs Center’s website

Hard copies of Voting It's Your Right can be ordered using The Boggs Center's Publications Order Form

The Boggs Center Welcomes Melinda Darby

Melinda Darby
Melinda Darby recently joined The Boggs Center as a member of the Project Support Team. She provides administrative support for Community Positive Behavior Support and PCAST - Person Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition.

Before joining The Boggs Center, Melinda worked for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, in Legal Management and University Behavioral Health Care. She is certified in Business Management and owned a clothing boutique and hair salon.

 

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