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

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

The NJCDD’s Advocacy in Action e-newsletter provides important announcements and updates about the Council’s programs, grants, and special initiatives. It also includes key information about public policies and other news items happening in the New Jersey developmental disabilities community.

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The NJCDD’s Advocacy in Action e-newsletter provides important announcements and event updates for the Council’s programs, grants, and special initiatives. It also provides key information about public policies and other news impacting individuals with disabilities and their families.

  • Governor Murphy Appoints Mercedes Witowsky to the Developmental Disability Fee-for-Service Transition Oversight Board
  • A Hike and Some Help: The Proposed Minimum Wage Law Could Improve New Jersey’s Low Ranking in Opportunities for People With Disabilities
  • New Jersey Becomes Second State to Require Schools to Teach LGBT and Disability-Inclusive Material
  • Super Bowl Ad Stars Kids With Disabilities
  • Regional Family Support Planning Councils Are Looking for New Members

Governor Murphy Appoints Mercedes Witowsky to the Fee-for-Service Oversight Transition Board

NJCDD Executive Director, Mercedes Witowsky was included among Governor Murphy’s appointments to the Independent Developmental Disability Fee-for-Service Transition Oversight board. Members include: 
  • Eric M. Eberman, M.S., Ed.D.
  • Daniel J. Keating, Ph.D.
  • Laura A. Williams
  • Deborah M. Spitalnik, Ph.D.
  • Valerie Sellers
  • Mercedes Witowsky
  • Kathleen F. Powers, CPA, CGMA, PSA
  • Peter A. Phillips, CPA
  • Audrey Winkler
  • Erin R. White, Ph.D., BCBA
The oversight board will work with service providers to evaluate their costs, revenue, business infrastructure needs and provide technical assistance and training throughout the transition period. The board will be required to submit status reports to the Legislature, Governor, and the Department of Human Services.
A Hike and Some Help
The Proposed Minimum Wage Law Could Start to Improve
New Jersey’s Low Ranking in Opportunities for People With Disabilities

Super Bowl Ad Stars Kids With Disabilities

A commercial aired during the Super Bowl featured a group of children with disabilities while hyping an adaptive device.

New Jersey Becomes Second State to Require Schools to Teach LGBT and Disability-Inclusive Material

(CNN)New Jersey has become the second state to require public schools to teach LGBT and disability-inclusive material.

The measure was signed by Gov. Phil Murphy and modeled after a similar law that passed in California in 2011.

Regional Family Support Planning Council

The Regional Family Support Planning Councils are Looking for New Members

Regional Family Support Council members advocate for families and individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) on issues that directly impact their lives. They collaborate with the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and Department of Children and Families, Division of Children’s System of Care (CSOC) on how to better serve individuals and their families.

Councils usually meet monthly. Each council may have up to 11 voting members. Council members are volunteers. They will be reimbursed for reasonable transportation, child care, and other related costs.

For information on how to join one of the Regional Family Support Planning Councils, contact:

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