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Archived News

Winter 2020

 

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 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

 

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!

 

 

 


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