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Fall 2016

The Boggs Center Welcomes New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2016-2017

2016 Partners in Policymaking photoThe Boggs Center’s New Jersey Partners in Policymaking program held its first monthly session on November 4th and 5th. Funded by the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, Partners in Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members. Over the course of the program, 9 adults with developmental disabilities and 12 family members selected from among nearly 70 applicants will strengthen their advocacy skills and be prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.

During the program’s monthly sessions, participants learn about best practices and important areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts. The inaugural session included presentations from Jane St. John, Community Inclusion Specialist at UMKC Institute for Human Development and graduate of Partners in Policymaking in Missouri, Gary Arnold, Public Affairs Manager for Access Living and President of Little People of America, and Katie Arnold, Director of Community Education for the Institute on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois Chicago and Executive Director of the Sibling Leadership Network.

Visit the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking page on The Boggs Center’s website to learn more about the program.

Introducing New Jersey’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, a component of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Pediatrics, has been awarded a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Training Program grant totaling $2.2 million over the next five years from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the federal Health Resources and Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Services. Funding for LEND programs is authorized by the federal Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education, and Support (CARES) Act [P.L. 113-157].

2016-2017 NJLEND cohortThe inaugural year of NJLEND, The Boggs Center’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program, began in August of 2016 in New Brunswick. Over the course of the academic year, the NJLEND program will prepare graduate-level health and allied health trainees to provide high-quality, interdisciplinary, family-centered, culturally competent care addressing the complex needs of children with autism, related disabilities and other maternal and child health populations. NJLEND trainees will participate in the program’s weekly Didactic Seminar Series, as well as a range of experiential learning, leadership development, and clinical training opportunities. Children’s Specialized Hospital, with its extensive expertise and patient population with ASD and broad network of clinical services statewide, is the primary partner for clinical training aspects of the program. Rutgers’ Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center is also a clinical partner.

NJLEND represents a unique set of university, state, local, and family partnerships. The 2016-2017 NJLEND cohort includes 9 trainees, representing 5 academic disciplines from Rutgers and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, as well as family members of children with disabilities. NJLEND provides trainees the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, receiving support and mentoring by faculty in their respective disciplines, and are also paired with a mentor family. Seven academic disciplines are represented by the NJLEND faculty discipline coordinators, including: Dentistry, Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, Nursing, Nutrition, Psychology, Social Work, and Family.

Visit the NJLEND page on The Boggs Center’s website to learn more.

The Boggs Center Welcomes Jaime McGeady


Jaime McGeadyJaime McGeady recently joined The Boggs Center as Community Supports Educator. She provides training on best practices in supports coordination and also conducts training for people with disabilities and their families.  Jaime is also the participant coordinator for New Jersey’s Partners in Policymaking program. Prior to her work at The Boggs Center, Jaime was a Support Coordinator with the Progressive Center for Independent Living. She also had worked as Direct Support Professional for a number of individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition to her professional experience, Jaime is a sibling of a person with a disability with lifelong interest in disability topics including self-determination, community inclusion, and quality supports and services. Jaime earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kean University.


Voting: It's Your Right

Voting: It's Your Right, a guide about voting rights and the voting process in New Jersey, has been revised and re-printed. The guide was written for individuals with intellectual disabilities in clear language. It should also be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about the legal and practical issues related to voting.

Voting: It’s Your Right
was developed by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in collaboration with New Jersey’s Administration on Developmental Disabilities Partners, Disability Rights New Jersey and the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities.



Voting: It's Your Right is available in English and Spanish  View and order the guide


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