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Current Center News

Summer 2019

Caroline Coffield, PhD, Receives Affiliate Faculty Appointment with Rutgers School of Social Work

Caroline CoffieldIn recognition of her significant contributions, Caroline Coffield, PhD, Director of Pre-service Training at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and NJLEND Training Director, was appointed as a Faculty Affiliate to the Rutgers School of Social Work. Dr. Coffield has taught a graduate course on Current Issues in Developmental Disabilities through the Rutgers School of Social Work in New Brunswick since 2013. She has also supported the education of Social Work students completing their field placement at The Boggs Center by developing didactic and experiential learning opportunities that advance their knowledge of disability and the service system. As a Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Coffield will collaborate with faculty and staff at the school to prepare future social workers through teaching, research, and coordinated interdisciplinary efforts to ensure their work will be maximally impactful, especially for individuals with disabilities and their families.


Special Journal Issue Features Article by Bethany Chase, MSW, LSW, CESPBethany Chase

A special issue of the Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation covering the proceedings of the 2018 Annual APSE National Conference features an article by Bethany Chase, MSW, LSW, CESP, Training and Consultation Specialist at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. The article, “Supporting social/sexual challenges at the workplace,” outlines the context for why social and sexual issues may arise in the workplace for employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and offers strategies employment specialists can utilize to support those they serve in maintaining employment when challenging situations occur. To learn more, the article can be accessed electronically using the following link: https://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-vocational-rehabilitation/jvr191009

 

New Resources from The Boggs Center

 

Medicaid fact sheet coverMedicaid: What Is It and Why Does It Matter to People with Disabilities?
is a fact sheet that explains the importance of Medicaid as a source of government funding for programs that help millions of people with disabilities and their families nationwide.

Readers will learn about: what Medicaid is; how Medicaid works; commonly proposed threats to the Medicaid program and potential impact in New Jersey; and resources to learn more about Medicaid and stay informed about proposed changes. Available in English and Spanish.

 

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Transition to Adulthood for Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Timeline for Parents
provides parents of young adults with developmental disabilities with a one-page overview of: considerations in planning for the transition to adult life; national resources on transition topics; and New Jersey’s state agencies and the services they offer.

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Selecting a Supported Employment Agency cover Selecting a Supported Employment Agency: Making Choices, Becoming Empowered is a guide for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities receiving services through New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities. The ability to evaluate programs and chose the agency that will provide the highest quality of service can be empowering for people with disabilities and their families. This guide provides an overview of best practices in supported employment so that individuals can select a service provider that will best support their employment goals. Available in English and Spanish.

 

 

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The Boggs Center Welcomes New Staff Members

 

Nikkilee PedersenNikkilee Pedersen, MA, is a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Community Based Instruction (CBI) Project at The Boggs Center. She provides training and technical assistance regarding best practices in implementation, management, and sustainability of CBI. Prior to her work at The Boggs Center, Nikkilee was a Special Education teacher and school district Structured Learning Experience coordinator.

Stephanie MichaelStephanie Michael, BA, IMH-E is the Positive Behavior Support in Schools Data and Program Coordinator at The Boggs Center. Stephanie is responsible for data management, event coordination, and communications. Prior to joining The Boggs Center, Stephanie provided training and technical assistance at Prevent Child Abuse – New Jersey.



Kellyann Guidice

Kellyann Giudice is a member of the Project Support Team at The Boggs Center. She provides administrative support for the PCAST - Person Centered Approaches in Schools and Transition and Community Based Instruction projects. Before joining The Boggs Center, Kellyann held administrative positions at Rutgers University in the Department of Mathematics and the Office of the Secretary of the University.



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