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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

March 2018:
In This Edition

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

Every March, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities joins disability advocates across the nation, including the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) to present a month of web content to celebrate inclusion and to increase public awareness of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Be sure to “Like” our Facebook page, and follow us this month to learn more and to access the blog posts, videos, and online resources that we’ll be sharing throughout the month.

And if you happen to be in Trenton this March, stop by the New Jersey State Library to see the NJCDD’s DD Awareness Month Display!

Deadline Approaching to Submit Grant Proposals

Last month, the NJCDD announced that funding was available to develop advocacy projects in Disability Transportation. The deadline to submit proposals for grant funding is 3:00pm on Monday, March 19

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.

New Resource Guide for College Students on the Autism Spectrum

The Organization for Autism Research (OAR), a national non-profit based in Arlington, VA, recently released its newest publication, Finding Your Way: A College Guide for Students on the Spectrum. It covers critical topics academic accommodations, studying strategies, conflict resolution, money, and more.

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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