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Spring 2014

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Reappointed to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Deborah Spitalnik, PhD The White House has announced that Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center and Professor of Pediatrics at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, will be reappointed to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Dr. Spitalnik was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011, having previously served on the Committee from 1994 to 2001 and as Chair from 2000 to 2001.

The mission of the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) is to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of Intellectual Disabilities. Undergirding the Committee's mission is the goal to improve the quality of life that is experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination, and life-long participation in their respective communities.

The Boggs Center also congratulates the other appointees, including Sheryl White-Scott, MD, who teaches the Seminar on Developmental Disabilities and Family Centered Care for third year medical students at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. View the White House Press Release.


Dan Baker, PhD, Honored with Archway School’s Achievement Award

Dan Baker, PhD
Dan Baker, PhD, was honored with Archway School’s Achievement Award at their Career and Technical Education Luncheon held May 12th.  The award recognized Dr. Baker’s leadership in improving career education and promoting employment for students with disabilities.

Dr. Baker serves as Director of Community Positive Behavior Support, Transition, and Supported Employment Projects, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities.  He has provided training and technical assistance to Archway School through the Community-Based Instruction project.


Boggs Center Interdisciplinary Trainees Graduate

2013-2014 Interdisciplinary Trainees
The Boggs Center recently celebrated the accomplishments of this year’s Interdisciplinary Trainees with a graduation colloquium, gathering together faculty and staff as each student presented on their significant projects and the lasting impact of their Trainee experiences.  The Boggs Center’s Interdisciplinary Traineeship offers an array of learning opportunities oriented toward developing a workforce of professionals who will be prepared to provide leadership and vision in the field of developmental disabilities. The Interdisciplinary Traineeship is available in both a long-term and intermediate format based on the number of hours and scope of requirements.

This May, two long-term Trainees graduated from The Boggs Center's Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program.  Heather Ciociola, a MSW student at Rutgers School of Social Work, completed her field education placement at The Boggs Center. She was supervised by Robyn Carroll, MSW, Communications Manager. Sherri Wilson, a MSW student at Rutgers School of Social Work, completed her field education placement at The Boggs Center. She was supervised by Michael Knox, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Deputy Director.

Three students completed the Intermediate Traineeship Program at The Boggs Center.  Kellie Palomba and Michelle Yee, both undergraduate students at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, completed semester-long Intermediate Traineeships.  Daniel Greco, a senior biology student from The College of New Jersey also completed his Intermediate Traineeship.  The Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program is coordinated by Caroline Coffield, PhD, Instructor of Pediatrics and Interdisciplinary Training Coordinator.

The Boggs Center Exhibits at Rutgers Day with a Disability Trivia Prize Wheel

Boggs Center Disability Trivia Prize Wheel The Boggs Center exhibited at Rutgers Day, April 26, 2014 on the Busch Campus in Piscataway, with a Disability Trivia Prize Wheel. Rutgers Day is an annual, family-oriented open house held on the Douglass/Cook, College Avenue, and Busch Campuses to highlight the University’s schools, centers, institutes, and programs as well as the valuable contributions Rutgers makes to those in New Jersey and beyond. This year’s event was attended by a record 84,000 people on all three campuses. More than 1,300 people learned about disabilities from Boggs Center faculty and staff through a family-friendly trivia game that addressed topics including important public policies, person first language, and common myths. Participants were awarded with prizes for testing their knowledge of disability issues, and several of The Boggs Center’s resources were available for further information.

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