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Current Center News

Spring 2019

 

The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019

 

NJ Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019On April 13, 2019, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of  2018-2019.

 

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 10 self-advocates and 15 family members 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. Commissioner Carole Johnson brought greetings from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and the impact of the Partners program was addressed in remarks by Mercedes Witowsky, 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 2018-2019.

 

Congratulations to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019:

 

Joyce Afriyie Meredith Flinn Jeannie Lopez Janet Tavarez
Veronica Alizo Christopher Gagliardi Kailas Rangachar Marie Torres Perez
Edna Antonian Jenna Karch Crystal Reynolds Lisa Weissbach-Efrat
Kayla Baylor Hyun Kim Crystal Rogers Lily Yip
Ana Cabàn Vander-Woude Pamela King Andrea Schmidt  
Robert Dazlich Bryan Krantz Lynda Shanahan  
David Ferrell Jessica Lax Nicholas Taubenslaug  

 

 

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Now Accepting Applications

 

Deadline extended to June 14, 2019

 

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 age 21) and family members of young children and transition age youth available through collaboration between The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Disability Rights New Jersey. 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 (Saturday – Sunday), beginning in September 2019 and ending in April 2020.

 

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is committed to building a diverse group of participants that is reflective of the needs, geography, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds of New Jersey. The Partners program is now accepting applications from people with developmental disabilities and family members for the class of 2019-2020. 

 

Visit the NJ Partners in Policymaking page to learn more about the program, how to apply, and download the application.

 

Applications must be received by June 14, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 15, 2019.  

 

 

 

Announcing DDLS From Your Desk

DDLS From Your DeskThe Boggs Center is excited to announce its new web-based video series, DDLS From Your Desk. Featuring nationally-known experts in the field of developmental disabilities, DDLS From Your Desk allows viewers to access key points and takeaways from selected sessions of the Center’s Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series anytime and anywhere with an internet connection. Through each episode, viewers learn about pressing topics, emerging trends, and innovative approaches in services and supports for people with developmental disabilities in 15 minutes or less.

The first episode of DDLS From Your Desk, “Creating a Strong Direct Support Workforce: A Policy Roadmap,” featuring Robert Espinoza, MPA, Vice President of Policy at PHI, is now available. Viewers will learn:

 

  • Why the direct support field is experiencing a workforce shortage
  • What states, service providers, and advocates can do to strengthen and improve the direct support workforce

To access this episode, visit: https://youtu.be/fJNPujlM1ZU


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