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Colleen McLaughlin, MEd, Honored as Outstanding Professional of the Year by MyGOAL

Colleen McLaughlin & Genevieve KumapleyColleen McLaughlin, MEd, Associate Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was honored as Outstanding Professional of the Year by MyGOAL, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people with autism and other intellectual disabilities across the lifespan. This recognition highlights Ms. McLaughlin’s contributions to supporting the developmental disabilities community and vision in advancing meaningful lives. The award was presented at the 13th Annual MyGOAL Autism Gala on November 6th, where Ms. McLaughlin served as keynote speaker. Her remarks focused on the values of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Partners in Policymaking program and ways in which the voice and vision of people with disabilities and families inspire our work.

Pictured: Colleen McLaughlin, Associate Director of The Boggs Center (left)
Genevieve Kumapley, MyGOAL Founder & Executive Director (right)


 

Introducing BoggsCast: A Podcast by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

 

BoggsCast: A Podcast by The Boggs Center on Developmental DisabilitiesThe Boggs Center is excited to introduce BoggsCast, a podcast where faculty and staff explore best practice, showcase success stories, and help listeners envision possibilities for innovation through interviews with state and national experts.

The inaugural episode features an interview with Emily Ladau, Disability Rights Activist, Writer, and Digital Communications Consultant. In this episode, Emily discusses disability allyship and storytelling to connect about disability.

BoggsCast is available on Podbean, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify apps and websites. Be sure to subscribe to stay up to date with the newest episodes. Episodes and full transcripts can also be found at: http://theboggscenter.podbean.com.

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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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Fight the Flu: It’s Important to the Disability Community!

Getting a flu shot is important to the disability community. The flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu. It reduces the risk of serious flu-related illness requiring care in hospitals continuing to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These resources from The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities explain the importance of the flu shot to the disability community and help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand what to expect when getting the shot.

Fight the Flu coverFight the Flu: It’s Important to the Disability Community explains why getting the flu shot is important to the disability community and provides recommendations and resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Getting a Flu Shot Social Story coverGetting a Flu Shot: A Social Story for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities helps readers understand why it’s important to get a flu shot and what to expect when getting the shot. Direct Support Professionals, family members, and others that provide support can use this social story to prepare people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for getting the flu shot by printing or sharing with the person on a computer, tablet, or smart phone.

Download Fight the Flu Resources in English and Spanish

 

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