About Partners in Policymaking (PIP)

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking

Now Accepting Applications for 2016!

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 on Developmental Disabilities.

The goal of this program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state. The Boggs Center is committed to building a diverse group of participants that is reflective of the needs, geography, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds of New Jersey.

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:

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

Requirements of Participation

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

Monthly Educational Leadership Development Sessions & Topics

November 4 & 5

  • A Vision for Across the Lifespan
  • Self-Advocacy, Family Advocacy, & the Independent Living Movement
March 24 & 25

  • Assistive Technology
  • Healthy Relationships & Sexuality
  • Health & Wellness
December 16 & 17

  • History of Disability Policy & Advocacy
  • Self-Determination, Social Capital, & Community Inclusion
April 28 & 29

  • Community-Based Services & Supports
  • State Policy & Systems Change Advocacy
January 27 & 28

  • Early Intervention
  • Inclusive Education
May 19 & 20

  • The Legislative Processs & What Happens in Washington
February 24 & 25

  • Transition
  • Employment
  • Supported Decision Making
June 16 & 17

  • Putting Leadership into Action
  • Building Alliances & Committee Participation

Accommodations & Covered Expenses

There is no cost to particiate in New Jersey Partners in Policymaking. Expenses for participation are paid for by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities through funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. Covered expenses include:

  • overnight lodging and meals
  • accomodations such as sign language interpreters, large print materials, or Braille
  • reimbursement for travel
  • reimbursement for child care/respite (if not funded through other means)

Application Process

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities and family members of people with disabilities to build leadership and advocacy skills. We invite those interested to complete an application by September 9, 2016 to be considered for the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking program.

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Application (PDF)

Completed applications can be sent to Colleen McLaughlin by email (colleen.mclaughlin@rutgers.edu) or by mailing to the address below:

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

If you would like additional information about the program, need assistance to complete the application, would like to request a hard copy application, or would like to complete the application by phone, contact Colleen McLaughlin at (732) 235-9313.

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