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Spring 2010

New Boggs Center Policy Brief Now Available

Using state and national data, Developmental Disabilities in New Jersey: Where New Jersey Stands in Services to People with Developmental Disabilities and National Policy Trends provides an overview of New Jersey’s developmental disabilities system, and how it compares to services and utilization of resources nationally.

Deborah Spitalnik, PhD, Presents Testimony to NJ Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee and the New Jersey Assembly Human Services Committee

Deborah Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and Professor of Pediatrics, presented Testimony to the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee and the New Jersey Assembly Human Services Committee on Where New Jersey Stands in Services to People with Developmental Disabilities and National Policy Trends. The Testimony was delivered on May 7, 2010 in Trenton, NJ.

The Boggs Center Welcomes Kate Handville

Kate HandvilleKate Handville recently joined The Boggs Center as a Training and Consultation Specialist. She provides training and technical assistance to schools involved in the NJ Positive Behavior Support in Schools project, a partnership between the New Jersey State Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and The Boggs Center. Kate earned her Master of Arts Degree in School Psychology and Educational Specialist Certification from Rowan University.  As a trained school psychologist, Kate has worked with school-aged students in an Abbott district and has extensive experience in the areas of assessment, counseling, behavioral supports, and consultation.  Kate has worked with students dealing with a range of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral disabilities, and has helped to design interventions that meet students’ individual needs.  In addition to her experience as a school psychologist, Kate has worked as a facilitator of a program designed to strengthen families, where she worked directly with children to reinforce social skills.  

Writing Our Journey: Poems and Essays by Family Caregivers Updated

Writing Our Journey: Poems and Essays by Family Caregivers has been updated to include some recent works. Please take a few minutes to read these moving and thought-provoking reflections by family caregivers on such topics as the impact of having a child with a disability on a choice they've made; something they wish the community knew; and a time when they had to muster more strength than they ever knew they had.

The Boggs Center Welcomes Renee Rodkey

Renee RodkeyRenee Rodkey recently joined The Boggs Center as a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Community Positive Behavior Support project. She provides training and technical assistance to community providers supporting individuals with challenging behaviors. Prior to her employment at The Boggs Center, Renee worked with a provider agency as a Program Supervisor for Behavior Support Services, which worked to improve the lives of families in the community caring for family members diagnosed with developmental disabilities who engaged in problem behaviors. She is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Rider University.

The Boggs Center Welcomes Paula Raigoza

Paula RaigozaPaula Raigoza recently joined The Boggs Center as a Training and Consultation Specialist She provides training and technical assistance to schools involved in the NJ Positive Behavior Support in Schools project, a partnership between the New Jersey State Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, and The Boggs Center. Paula received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Montclair State University. She then earned her Dual Master’s degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from The City University of New York. Paula has extensive experience working within the Early Intervention System of New Jersey providing a wide range of training and support systems for children ages birth to three and their families. She has also worked as a Special Education teacher in public and private schools with children age three to twenty-one.

The Boggs Center Featured in Robert Wood Johnson Medicine Magazine

The Spring 2010 issue of Robert Wood Johnson Medicine, the magazine published by UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, includes an article about The Boggs Center. Two Consumer Advisory Council members are featured in the article, Ellie Byra with her son Matthew, and Ginny Bryant with her daughter Rachel.
View the Spring 2010 article about The Boggs Center
View the Spring 2010 and other issues of Robert Wood Johnson Medicine

 

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