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Current Center News

Fall 2018

Tuesday October 16th is the Voter Registration Deadline in New Jersey

Voting: It's Your Right! Get Ready for the Midterm Election coverVoting: It’s Your Right! Get Ready for the 2018 Midterm Election, a new fact sheet by The Boggs Center, was developed to help advocates get ready, get involved, and get out to vote in 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 general elections Voting: It's Your Right cover

For even more information on the voting process in New Jersey, voting rights, and accessibility, check out Voting: It’s Your Right 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.

Download or order hard copies in English and Spanish


Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD Honored with MyGOAL Autism Award


Deborah Spitalnik and Genevieve KumapleyDeborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Executive Director of The Boggs Center, was honored with the 2018 MyGOAL Autism Outstanding Professional of the Year Award for dedication and service to individuals with autism. The award was presented on September 29, 2018 in Edison, NJ.  Dr. Spitalnik also served as keynote speaker.

Pictured: Genevieve Kumapley, MyGOAL Founder & Executive Director (left) Deborah Spitalnik (right)



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


NJLEND 2018-2019 Cohort

The Boggs Center’s NJLEND program began its third year with an orientation on September 7, 2018. Fourteen fellows, including 3 parents representing the family discipline, 3 fellows from medicine, 2 from nursing, 4 from psychology, and 1 from social work, are participating in the program during the 2018-2019 academic year. Through the NJLEND program, these graduate-level health and allied health fellows are receiving interdisciplinary clinical leadership training to prepare them to provide culturally competent, family-centered care to address the complex needs of children with autism and related disabilities, health disparities, and other Maternal and Child Health priorities, and their families.

Part of a national network including 52 other LEND programs, NJLEND fulfills its goal to increase the evidence-based knowledge and skills of professionals across the state who provide care and treatment to those with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families through didactic seminar sessions and a wide range of clinical and experiential learning opportunities. A capstone experience of the NJLEND training program includes a trip to Washington, DC, during which fellows practice advocacy skills by attending the Disability Policy Seminar and visiting with New Jersey’s congressional delegation to educate them on topics related to the disability community. The NJLEND year will conclude with The New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Leadership Symposium, at Children’s Specialized Hospital on Friday, May 10, 2019. 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 on The Boggs Center's web site to learn more


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