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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:
- 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 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
The Boggs Center is now accepting applications from adults with developmental disabilities (over 21) and family members of young children and transition-aged youth for the 2020-2021 program. Download the application (PDF) Applications must be received by July 15, 2020. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 30, 2020.
Monthly Educational Leadership Development Sessions & Topics
September 14 & 15
Social Media as an Advocacy Tool
October 5 & 6
History of Disability Policy & Advocacy
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
April 20 & 21
Putting Leadership into Action
The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019
On April 13, 2019, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019.
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 with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. This year’s graduates included 10 self-advocates and 15 family members prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.
Colleen McLaughlin, The Boggs Center’s Associate Director and Partners Project Director, welcomed graduates and invited guests, and provided an introduction to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking program. Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center, delivered messages of inspiration, hope, and a charge to action as part of the event. Commissioner Carole Johnson brought greetings from the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and the impact of the Partners program was addressed in remarks by Mercedes Witowsky, Executive Director of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) and Paul Blaustein, NJCDD Chair. Through panel presentations, this year’s graduates shared what they learned in the program and their plans for advocacy after graduation.
To learn more about this year’s graduates, their experiences over the past 8 months, and the impact of the Partners program, view the “Program Takeaways” video featuring the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class.
Congratulations to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2018-2019