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Current Center News

Winter 2019

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD, and Jonathan Kratchman Speak at Autism CARES Press Conference Held by Senator Menendez


Jonathan Kratchman, Deborah Spitalik, PhD, Senator Menendez, and Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program (NJLEND), spoke at Senator Bob Menendez’ press conference about the reauthorization of the Autism CARES Act on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Quest Autism Programs in Midland Park, NJ. Dr. Spitalnik highlighted the importance of Autism CARES 2019 in supporting education through the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) programs and how the reauthorization broadens the lifespan focus to include adults with ASD and addresses health issues and disparities. Read Dr. Spitalnik’s remarks

Two participants in Boggs Center leadership programs also spoke at the press conference. Genevieve Kumapley, PharmD, Family Fellow in NJLEND, NJ Partners in Policymaking graduate, and Founding Executive Director of MyGOAL Autism, spoke about her experiences as a parent of a young adult with autism. Jonathan Kratchman, NJ Partners in Policymaking graduate, Rutgers University senior, Eagleton Institute of Politics Associate, and member of the Autism Society of America’s public policy committee, spoke about his experiences as an autism advocate.


Margaret Gilbride, JD, CT, Elected President of the New Jersey Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (NJAPSE)


Margaret Gilbride

Margaret Gilbride JD, CT, Director of Transition and Employment at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was elected President of the New Jersey Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst (NJAPSE) chapter. She also serves on the National APSE Board of Directors as Vice President. APSE is the only national organization with a focus exclusively on inclusive employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.




The Boggs Center Welcomes Beth Custer, PhD

Beth CusterBeth Custer, PhD recently joined The Boggs Center as a Training and Consultation Specialist. She promotes the use of positive behavioral supports through training and technical assistance with schools involved in the NJ Positive Behavior Supports in Schools project, which is a partnership between the New Jersey State Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and The Boggs Center.

Prior to her position at The Boggs Center, she earned a dual Bachelor of Science in elementary education and special education in 2004 from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Upon completion, she immediately began working as a full-time emotional support teacher at a residential treatment facility for students who require more intensive supports due to significant mental health needs. In 2009, she completed her Master of Education in special education from Alvernia University and also obtained a position as a district-level, special education behavior support coach for Exeter Township School District in Reading, Pennsylvania. While at Exeter, she worked with teachers, administrators, families and other staff to support students who exhibited challenging behaviors during the school day.

In 2012, she joined Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and was enrolled in the doctoral program in special education until completing the requirements to earn her PhD in 2018. During this time, she pursued her passion of supporting students with emotional and behavioral disorders through the use of positive, proactive interventions.

Following her time at Lehigh, she worked in the specialized education services department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) as a Grant Coordinator. This position required her to support activities on the Center for Technical Assistance, Instruction, Education and Support (TIES), which is a national research center through the University of Minnesota.

Comprehensive Assessment of Supported Employment Service (CASES)

Comprehensive Assessment of Supported Employment Service User Guide coverThe Boggs Center is pleased to announce the Comprehensive Assessment of Supported Employment Service (CASES), a user-friendly organizational tool for Supported Employment managers to unlock the hidden potential of all the data collected every day. This information, already gathered for reporting purposes, can illustrate how effective the Supported Employment program is by showing trends in placement rates, job matching, job retention, and many other areas.

CASES is offered as a two-part resource, a User Guide and Data Tool, to help managers easily and effectively use data to track trends in service provision, staffing needs, and employer relations. With basic input once a month, the data tool will automatically generate valuable information on essential areas for program success.
Download the CASES User Guide and Data Tool

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD Featured on AUCD's Tuesdays with Liz Video Series


Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center, was interviewed by Liz Weintraub for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities' (AUCD) weekly video series highlighting current issues in disability policy, Tuesdays with Liz. In this episode, Liz Weintraub and Deborah Spitalnik talk about how the history of disability advocacy has shaped the disability rights movement today and some of the major leaders who spearheaded the movement. Watch the video



Registration and Awards Nominations Open for 27th Annual Facing the Future Conference Co-sponsored with NJ APSE

Facing the Future 27: Playbook for Employment GoldThe 27th Annual Facing the Future Conference, Playbook for Employment Gold, will be held on March 22, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.

The 2019 conference features a keynote presentation by Mike Schlappi and 27 dynamic workshops. Continuing Education credits are available.


For conference registration, exhibitor/advertisewment registration, and awards nomination information, visit the Facing the Future conference page


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