About Partners in Policymaking (PIP)

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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 The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities with funding from the New Jersey Council 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.

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 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

September 14 & 15

  • Parent/Family Advocacy
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Social Media as an Advocacy Tool

January 18 & 19

  • Supported Decision Making
  • Direct Support Professional Workforce
  • Medicaid
  • Health & Wellness

October 5 & 6

  • History of Disability Policy & Advocacy
  • Inclusive Education

February 22 & 23

  • State Policy & Systems Change Advocacy
  • Federal Policy & Tips from the Hill

November 16 & 17

  • A Vision for Advocacy Across the Lifespan
  • Self-Determination, Social Capital, & Community Inclusion

March 15 & 16

  • Grassroots Organizing
  • Public Speaking

December 14 & 15

  • Transition
  • Employment

April 20 & 21

  • Putting Leadership into Action
  • Graduation


Project Director: Colleen McLaughlin
Project Staff:Jamie Zahid

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

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