About Partners in Policymaking (PIP)

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New Jersey Partners in PolicyMaking

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities (over age 18) and family members available through collaboration between The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, and Disability Rights New Jersey. The goal of this program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.

Selected participants will learn about best practices and important areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts. Upon completion of the program, participants will have developed the knowledge and skills needed to:

  1. advocate for opportunities and supports that promote self-determination, independence and inclusion in all aspects of community life
  2. be members of advisory boards and committees
  3. work alongside policymakers and state agencies

Requirements for Participation

  • Participation in 8 interactive educational leadership development sessions held one weekend a month in Iselin, NJ (Friday 2pm – Saturday 3pm)
  • Completion of homework assignments between sessions, including the development of an Advocacy Action Plan

Application Process

The Boggs Center is now accepting applications from adults with developmental disabilities (over 21) and family members of young children and transition-aged youth for the 2019-2020 program. Download the application (PDF) Applications must be received by June 14, 2019. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 15, 2019.  

Contact

Project Director: Colleen McLaughlin
Project Staff:Jamie Zahid
jaime.zahid@rutgers.edu
732-235-9613

Rebekah Novemsky
Rebekah.Novemsky@NJCDD.org
609-984-4510

Location

The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities
335 George Street, Suite 3500,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Monthly Educational Leadership Development Sessions & Topics

September 14 & 15
Parent/Family Advocac
Self-Advocacy
Social Media as an Advocacy Tool

October 5 & 6
History of Disability Policy & Advocacy
Inclusive Education

November 16 & 17
A Vision for Advocacy Across the Lifespan
Self-Determination, Social Capital, & Community Inclusion

December 14 & 15
Transition
Employment

January 18 & 19
Supported Decision Making
Direct Support Professional Workforce
Medicaid
Health & Wellness

February 22 & 23
State Policy & Systems Change Advocacy
Federal Policy & Tips from the Hill

March 15 & 16
Grassroots Organizing
Public Speaking

April 20 & 21
Putting Leadership into Action
Graduation

The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019

Partners in Policy Making Grad 2019-20

On April 13, 2019, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019.

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members available through The Boggs Center with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. This year’s graduates included 10 self-advocates and 15 family members prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.

Colleen McLaughlin, The Boggs Center’s Associate Director and Partners Project Director, welcomed graduates and invited guests, and provided an introduction to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking program. Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center, delivered messages of inspiration, hope, and a charge to action as part of the event. Commissioner Carole Johnson brought greetings from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and the impact of the Partners program was addressed in remarks by Mercedes Witowsky, Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) and Paul Blaustein, NJCDD Chair. Through panel presentations, this year’s graduates shared what they learned in the program and their plans for advocacy after graduation.

To learn more about this year’s graduates, their experiences over the past 8 months, and the impact of the Partners program,  view the “Program Takeaways” video featuring the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class.

Congratulations to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019

Joyce Afriyie Jenna Karch Andrea Schmidt
Veronica Alizo Hyun Kim Lynda Shanahan
Edna Antonian Pamela King Nicholas Taubenslaug
Kayla Baylor Bryan Krantz Janet Tavarez
Ana Cabàn Vander-Woude Jessica Lax Marie Torres Perez
Robert Dazlich Jeannie Lopez Lisa Weissbach-Efrat
David Ferrell Kailas Rangachar Lily Yip
Meredith Flinn Crystal Reynolds
Christopher Gagliardi Crystal Rogers
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