About Partners in Policymaking (PIP)

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 once a year from adults with developmental disabilities (over 21) and family members of young children and transition-aged youth for the program.


Project Director: Colleen McLaughlin
Project Staff:Jamie Zahid


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
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

January 18 & 19
Supported Decision Making
Direct Support Professional Workforce
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

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