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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

August 2018:
In This Edition

NJCDD Council Meeting – Summer 2018

Thursday, August 9, 2018 | 10:30am to 2:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton 800 Route 130, Hamilton, NJ

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Addressing Barriers to Quality Dental Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

On July 30, the NJCDD released a notice to the public that we are currently accepting grant proposals for projects to address barriers to quality dental care for people with I/DD in New Jersey.

The deadline to submit grant proposals is 2:00pm on Friday, September 7. Grant proposals must be submitted by mail or in person, with an additional copy sent via email to

The NJCDD is holding a Perspective Grantee Question Period from Monday, August 6 to Friday, August 10, 2018. Answers to all inquiries will be posted on the Council’s website at on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. All questions MUST be submitted via at by 5pm on Friday, August 10.


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Policy in Action: A Symposium for Partners in Policymaking Graduates

Save The Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 9:30am – 3:00pm
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Village, 100 College Road E., Princeton, NJ 08540
Keynote Speaker: Nicole Jorwic, JD; Director, Rights Policy; The Arc of the U.S.
This event is open to New Jersey Partners in Policymaking graduates only.  Look out for more details and registration information soon!
Contact Jaime McGeady by email at or phone at 732-235-9613 with any questions about the event.

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Family Support Planning Councils – Upcoming Events

NJ Family Support Planning Council Statewide Meeting, Saturday, September 15, 9:30am to 3:00pm
Morning session (10am to 12:30pm): Guest speakers (TBA) | Afternoon session (1pm to 3pm)
Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton, 800 Route 130, Hamilton, NJ
All are welcome to stay in the afternoon. We will discuss statewide changes and issues affecting people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities.
Online registration is required by September 7, 2018:

Regional Family Support Planning Council #1 (Sussex, Warren, Morris Counties) presents
A Public Forum, Saturday, September 29, 2018 |10:00am to 12:00pm
Morristown Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ 07960

Guest Speakers
Paul Aronsohn; New Jersey Ombudsman for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and their Families
Mercedes Witowsky; Executive Director, New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities
For More Info:

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New Jersey Statewide Self-Advocacy Network – 35th Annual Fall Conference

Saturday, September 29th, 2018 , 8:30am – 2:30pm, The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, 201 Village Boulevard, Princeton, NJ 08540
Registration Deadline – Friday, September 7, 2018To learn more and to register for this event, visit


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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