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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

June 2018:
In This Edition

June NJCDD Council Meeting

Mercedes Witowsky Announced as NJCDD’s New Executive Director


On May 31, the NJCDD announced that Mercedes Witowsky has been selected to lead the Council’s staff as our new Executive Director.

“Mercedes has devoted her professional career, in positions of increasing responsibility, to serving individuals with developmental disabilities and their families,“ says NJCDD Chair Paul Blaustein.

“She has served as a leader in advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities to make informed choices, control their own lives and direct the necessary services they receive.  Mercedes has earned the trust and respect of self-advocates and families, service providers, leaders of government agencies and legislators, through her commitment to serving the most vulnerable residents of our State.”

“I am confident that Mercedes is the perfect choice to be the Council’s Executive Director.  I look forward to working with her to advance the Council’s agenda of collaborating with all stakeholders, to improve the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.”

To read the NJCDD’s complete announcement of Ms. Witowsky’s appointment, click here.

Disability Rights New Jersey Seeks Input for their 2019-2022 Priority Areas

The NJCDD’s sister agency and New Jersey’s Protection and Advocacy organization for individuals with developmental disabilities, Disability Rights New Jersey, is currently conducting an online survey for people with disabilities, their family members, professionals, healthcare/service providers and the public.  To participate in this brief online survey, click here.

Boggs Center Seeks Feedback on Website

To complete the survey: Boggs Center Website Survey
To view the Boggs Center’s website:

RevUP-New Jersey: Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff

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Monday, July 16, 2018 | 12:00pm-2:00pm
NJ State House Annex | 131 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08608

Please join the Alliance Center for Independence and the NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities for the RevUP-NJ Disability Voter Registration Week Kickoff Event in Trenton!  This event is part of our ongoing efforts to encourage participation from the disability community in the election process.Location: Kathedral Event Center, 499 S. Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ 08037 RevUp New Jersey – Are YOU Ready to Vote?


Mercer County Community Café – Free Event for Individuals and Families

Friday, June 15, 2018 | 10:00am – 1:00pm, 3535 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, NJ 08619

The Supports Program Policies and Procedures Manual: A Quick Guide for Families Now Available in Spanish!

The Quick Guide is now available in both English and Spanish
To Download: In English  | En Español
To Receive a Hard Copy: Visit and fill out our mail order form.

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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