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New Video: Considerations for Individuals at COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

 

New Jersey Department of Human ServicesL Considerations for Individuals with Disabilities at COVID-19 Vaccination SitesThe New Jersey Department of Human Services and The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities produced a webinar for COVID-19 vaccination sites with considerations for individuals with disabilities. The webinar serves as a guide to help ensure COVID-19 vaccines are accessible to all New Jerseyans, including individuals with disabilities. Together, by ensuring accommodations, we can help promote a healthier New Jersey for everyone.   View the Video

 

The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2020-2021

 

NJ Partners in Policymaking Class of 2020-2021On April 17, 2021, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities hosted a virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2020-2021.

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 11 self-advocates and 14 parents prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.

Using online technology, 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. Mercedes Witowsky, Executive Director of the NJ Council of Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) and Paul Blaustein, NJCDD chair, brought remarks about the impact of the Partners program and the important role graduates play in advocacy. Gwen Orlowski, Executive Director of Disability Rights NJ congratulated the class through a speech that celebrated advocacy and collaboration. 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. 

NJ Partners in Policymaking Graduation 2021


Through panel presentations, this year's graduates shared what they learned in the program and 
their plans for advocacy after graduation. The event culminated with Jaime Zahid celebrating each graduate through a slide show that highlighted their success and advocacy action priority area.

To learn more about this year's graduates, their experiences over the past 8 months, and the impact of the Partners program, view the Graduation Panel Presentation Recording featuring the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2020-2021.

Congratulations to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2020-2021:

Maria Anderson
Tammi Kaminski
Erin Putman
John Berardi
Amy Kiger
Ana Maria Rivera
Charlotte Borgersen
Steffen Klenk
Iris Rivera
Robert Chester
Gabriella Mariello
Tara Szymanek
Maria Chirelli
Johanne Mayer
Jill Tobin
Pamela Giacchi
Jorge Murphy
Carla Vicari
Milagros Gonzales
Stephen Odukoya
Anjali Viswanath
Lisa Hernandez
Nicole Parks
Joanna Wuehr


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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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