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Summer 2012

Now available! Voting: It’s Your Right

Voting guide coverThe Boggs Center announces the publication of Voting: It’s Your Right. The guide was written for individuals with intellectual disabilities, but will be equally useful for anyone who’s interested in the legal and practical issues related to voting. It’s available in both English and Spanish, and includes clearly presented information about voting rights and the voting process in New Jersey.

The guide covers such topics as: Who can vote in a government election?; What are you asked to decide when you register to vote?; What to do to prepare to vote?; How do you vote in person?; How do you vote by mail?; and What should you know about voting and accessibility?

Voting: It’s Your Right was developed by The Boggs Center in collaboration with New Jersey’s Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Partners, Disability Rights New Jersey and the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities. It was funded by Disability Rights New Jersey’s Protection and Advocacy for Voter Access (PAVA) from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration on Children and Families, US Department of Health and Senior Services.

View the guide in PDF format-English
View the guide in PDF format-Spanish
Order online from The Boggs Center

Melissa Cheplic Appointed Chairperson of the NADD Direct Support Professional
Certification Committee

Melissa Cheplic Melissa Cheplic, MPH, CHES, Training and Consultation Specialist at The Boggs Center, has been appointed as the Chairperson of the NADD Direct Support Professional Certification Committee. This work group of experts has been meeting for the past four years to identify appropriate competency areas for evaluating direct support professionals serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Melissa has been active in the committee since it was established in 2007. In her role, she completed a national needs assessment on dual diagnosis programs, was instrumental in the development of competency areas and eligibility criteria for the application process, and contributed to the content of the certification exam. Additionally, Melissa has presented on the process and progress of the Direct Support Professional Credential at NADD national conferences. For additional information, please contact Melissa.Cheplic@umdnj.edu.

Bill Gaventa Honored with Henri Nowen Leadership Award
by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Bill GaventaBill Gaventa, MDiv, was honored with the Henri Nowen Leadership Award by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Religion and Spirituality Division. The award recognized "the ways you have helped people with disabilities teach all of us about faith, hope, and love." Rev. Gaventa was presented with the award at the AAIDD Annual Meeting on June 20, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bill Gaventa serves as Director of Community and Congregational Supports and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Rev. Gaventa leads projects in inclusive congregational supports, faith community leadership, cultural competence, aging/end of life issues, and supervises The Boggs Center's Clinical Pastoral Education program. His writings include journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and four edited books. Rev. Gaventa served as Editor of the Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health (1996-2010), edited the newsletter for the Religion & Spirituality Division of AAIDD, was a columnist for Insight (national newsletter of the Arc of the US), and worked as an adviser for Exceptional Parent Magazine's Spiritual and Religious Support Series. For more information, please view Faith Based Supports and Publications.

Two Former Boggs Center Trainees Now Preservice Training Coordinators
at University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities


The Boggs Center is pleased to announce that two former students who completed The Boggs Center’s Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program in 2006-2007 are now Interdisciplinary Preservice Training Coordinators at University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Caroline Coffield, PhD, coordinates Interdisciplinary Training at The Boggs Center. Carol Britton Laws, PhD, will coordinate Interdisciplinary Training at the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia.

Carrie CorrfieldDr. Caroline Coffield coordinates The Boggs Center’s Interdisciplinary Training efforts for undergraduate and graduate students, including the Seminar on Family Centered Care and Developmental Disabilities, a required component of the pediatric clerkship for all third year medical students at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Coffield’s research interests include a variety of disability specific topics such as healthcare reform, establishment of a medical home for individuals with developmental disabilities, and social and emotional impairments often associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Coffield obtained her doctorate in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2010. She obtained her Master’s degree from Rutgers University in 2005 and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2003.

Carol BrittonCarol Britton Laws recently earned her PhD in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled: “Credentialing as a Predictor of Staff Retention in Supports for Aging Adults with Developmental Disabilities.” She received the University of Georgia Graduate School Dean's Award for Social Sciences to support her dissertation research. In August, Dr. Laws will begin her new position as Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Preservice Training for the Institute on Human Development and Disability at the University of Georgia. She will coordinate the Disability Studies Certificate program at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Laws completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Rutgers University. She previously worked at The Boggs Center from 2006-2009 as Event Coordinator and then as Training and Consultation Specialist with the Essential Lifestyle Planning and Direct Support Workforce projects.

Michael Steinbruck Elected Vice Chair of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices

Michael SteinbruckMichael P. Steinbruck, MA, Program Administrator at The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was recently elected Vice-Chair of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. He has served on the board since 2006.

The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices is an international organization which “envisions a world where all people have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves. Efforts focus on people who have lost or may lose positive control because of society’s response to the presence of disability.” The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices develops and disseminates training materials, encourages and shares learning about how to best support people to get the lives they want, and establishes criteria and supports trainers and organizations in implementation. For more information on TLCPCP, visit www.learningcommunity.us.

 

 

 

 

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