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New Resource on Sharing Your Vision in Advocacy

Cover - Sharing Your Vision in AdvocacyPeople with developmental disabilities and their families have to opportunity to advocate for supports, services, and systems change as the State plans for the renewal of the NJ FamilyCare (1115) Demonstration Waiver. New Jersey Family Care is also called the NJ Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver.

The Boggs Center developed Sharing Your Vision in Advocacy: Providing Stakeholder Input to provide information to help you advocate by sharing your vision for the future and the ways you’d like supports and services to help you achieve the life you want. Public comment sessions will be held by the Department of Human Services (DHS) on September 13th and September 27th. Information about submitting comments to DHS and registering for public comment sessions can also be found in the document.

Registration is Open for the Fall 2021 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Fall 2021The 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 webinars are free of charge. Space is limited and advanced registration is required. Open to people who live or work in New Jersey.

300th DDLS SessionThe Movement for Disability Rights: Perspectives Across Generations
Judith E. Heumann, MPH and Liz Weintraub
Friday, October 1, 2021 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar


  • Technology Solutions for Community Living

    Emily Shea Tanis, PhD, FAAIDD l Friday, October 8, 2021 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    l Webinar

  • Disability Inclusion: Building Capacity of Partners

    Adriane Griffen, DrPH, MPH, MCHES l Friday, October 29, 2021 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar


  • Supporting Self-Determination Across the Life Course
    Karrie Shogren, PhD l Friday, November 5, 2021 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

 

Learn more and register for the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

 

Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Interviewed for Mental Health Crossroads Podcast

Margaret GilbrideMargaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Transition, Employment, and Aging & Disability at The Boggs Center, was interviewed about grief and loss in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for the Mental Health Crossroads Podcast produced by The Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center. Listen to the 2-part podcast interview.


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Information and Resources Related to COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) CDC imageAcross the world, we are experiencing an unprecedented set of challenges as we all work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other protective measures. Having reliable, up to date information and resources to help us better understand COVID-19, necessary health and hygiene precautions,and strategies to maintain emotional well-being is important to us all. 

The Boggs Center, as New Jersey’s federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program, has compiled a selection of resources from New Jersey and across the country that may be useful to the disability community across the state. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Community

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus that spreads easily and can make people very sick. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects against COVID-19, and is an important tool to help stop the pandemic. People with developmental disabilities, their families, and supporters play an important role in preventing COVID-19 by getting a vaccine.

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities has developed two new resources to provide information about COVID-19 vaccines and help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand what to expect. Available in English and Spanish.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts for the Developmental Disabilities Community-CoverCOVID-19 Vaccine Facts for the Developmental Disabilities Community provides information about COVID-19 vaccines, including:
• When, where, and how to get the vaccine
• What to expect when getting the vaccine
• What to expect after getting the vaccine
• How to continue to stay safe before and after getting the COVID-19 vaccine


Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: A Social Story for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-Cover Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: A Social Story for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
helps readers understand why it’s important to get a COVID-19 vaccine and what to expect before, during, and after vaccination. Direct Support Professionals, family members, and other supporters can use this social story to prepare people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for getting a COVID-19 vaccine by printing or sharing on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.


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