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Advocacy in Action is the NJCDD’s monthly email newsletter.

Are you looking to stay informed about important news in New Jersey’s developmental disabilities community? Would you like updates from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities? Look no further! The NJCDD is pleased to present our monthly e-newsletter, Advocacy in Action!

With a new edition released each month, the NJCDD’s Advocacy in Action e-newsletter provides important announcements and event updates for the Council’s programs, grants, and special initiatives, as well as key information about public policies and other news items happening in the developmental disabilities community around New Jersey.

Signing up is easy! Simply contact the Council’s Communications Manager, Jonathan Waller, at 609-633-8280 or and provide your email address. You can expect to receive each new edition of the Advocacy in Action e-newsletter in your email inbox at the beginning of every month.

Sign up today! We look forward to connecting with you!


Current Edition

April 2018:
In This Edition

The NJCDD is Currently Seeking an Executive Director

EThis winter, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities’ Executive Director, Kevin Casey, announced his plans for retirement, effective this summer.  Kevin’s final day with the Council is May 31st.  On April 6, the State of New Jersey posted the Council’s open Executive Director position on it’s website, and the position has also been posted on the Employment Opportunities page on the NJCDD’s website.

The NJCDD Congratulates the Graduates of the 2017/2018 Class of Partners in Policymaking

On Saturday, April 21at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, participants of the 2017/2018 Partners in Policymaking program will have successfully completed the 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members.  Upon graduating from the program, this year’s participants will join the ranks of over 400 PIP graduates currently working to advocate for a better future for New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities and their families.

To learn more about the Partners in Policymaking Program please visit the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities website at:

Family Support Update

Regional Family Support Planning Council #4 (Essex County) presents
An Outreach/Public Forum | Wednesday, May 2, 2018 |  6:00pm – 8:00pm | West Orange High School, Cafeteria, 51 Conforti Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052

Learn about services available for children and adults with developmental disabilities in a Fee-for-Service Environment

1-800-792-8858, Option 2 |

Watch Our New Family Support Promotional Video!
Do you know of any families of children or adults with developmental disabilities who could use support or guidance on how to navigate New Jersey’s complex support services system? Are you a family member who would like to have a say in how the system is planned and services are carried out? One of the best ways to get involved is to join one of New Jersey’s ten Regional Family Support Planning Councils!

NJCDD Survey of Dental Care Needs

The NJCDD is currently conducting an online survey to gather data on our state’s need to expand dental health care availability for children and adults with unique physical, intellectual, and behavioral concerns, including those with developmental disabilities. The information gathered by the NJCDD’s Health and Wellness committee in this survey will be used to assist advocates in working with New Jersey policymakers to create better dental care options for people with developmental disabilities.

The Medicaid Crisis Continues – #SaveMedicaidNJ

As decision-makers in Washington continue to threaten cuts or caps to Medicaid and other safety net programs heavily relied upon by people with developmental disabilities, the NJCDD continues to work on our #SaveMedicaidNJ campaign.

Your Transportation & Health Stories Needed!

The NJCDD’s Disability Specialist in Health & Transportation, Dennie Todd, is calling on New Jersey residents with developmental disabilities to share their experiences with using public transportation or with accessing healthcare in our state.

We’ll be compiling YOUR stories, comments, and concerns relating to public transportation or healthcare for people with developmental disabilities, and sharing them with the key decision makers that plan and implement services in our state. To share your story, email

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