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The Boggs Center, as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, values uniqueness and individuality and promotes the self-determination and full participation of people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of community life. As a catalyst and resource, The Boggs Center, through partnerships and collaborations, builds capacity in organizations, systems, and communities in a culturally competent manner. The Boggs Center prepares students through interdisciplinary programs, provides community training and technical assistance, conducts research, and disseminates information and educational materials.



Episode 11 of BoggsCast Now Available: Charting the LifeCourse Framework with Jennifer Turner, LCSW

The Boggs Center is excited to share the latest episode of BoggsCast, a podcast where faculty and staff explore best practice, showcase success stories, and help listeners envision possibilities for innovation through interviews with state and national experts. In this episode, Jennifer Turner, LCSW, Senior Research Associate at the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development and Assistant Director of the LifeCourse Nexus Training and Technical Assistance Center, discusses the Charting the LifeCourse Framework and how it can be used in the person-centered planning process.

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Boggs Center Faculty Present at Annual AUCD Conference

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD and Carrie Coffield, PhD contributed their expertise through presentations at the annual Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Conference held in Washington, D.C. from November 13-16, 2022. Both presentations aligned with this year’s conference theme, “Health Equity: Serving the Whole Person.” Read more about Boggs Center Faculty AUCD Presentations

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Vaccine Promotion Materials for Young Children and Their Parents

Through funding from the federal Administration for Community Living, The Boggs Center has developed new resources for young children and their parents which promote and explain the benefits of following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended immunization schedule as well as vaccination for COVID-19. Read more about Vaccine Promotion Materials for Young Children and Their Parents

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Fall 2022 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Recordings and Handouts Available

This Fall, The Boggs Center welcomed nationally known speakers with expertise in their respective fields as part of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series. Four webinars were offered through the Series, a community and continuing education program for professionals, policymakers, people with disabilities, and families: Unlearning Ableism: How to be an Ally to People with Disabilities - Kara Ayers, PhD; Assessing Trauma in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Brian Tallant, LPC, NADD-CC; Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality: Effective Tips and Tools - Katherine McLaughlin, MEd; and Quality Meaningful Day Services: A Community-Based Approach - Abby Taylor George, MS. Recordings and handouts from each session in the Series are now available through The Boggs Center’s Video Library. Visit The Boggs Center's Video Library

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New Community Life Video Series

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) help people with developmental disabilities live in and be active and included members of their neighborhoods and communities. The HCBS Settings Final Rule requires that people with developmental disabilities have full access to community life and receive services in the most integrated setting possible. The Boggs Center’s Community Life Video Series highlights why community life and aspects of the Rule that support it are important to people with disabilities. Videos currently available focus on Community Integration; Privacy, Lockable Doors, and Freedom to Decorate; and Rights & Autonomy. Read more about the Community Life Video Series.

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Vaccinate to Keep Kids Healthy! Fact Sheet and Poster

Preventing disease is always better than treating it. Vaccines protect against diseases that once caused serious illness, disability, and death, including COVID-19. With funding from the federal Administration for Community Living, The Boggs Center developed new resources for parents of young children to promote and explain the benefits of following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) immunization recommendations to keep kids healthy. Vaccinate to Keep Kids Healthy! fact sheets in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, and Tagalog, as well as an 11” x 17” English/Spanish poster, are now available on The Boggs Center’s website. Read More About Vaccinate to Keep Kids Healthy

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COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for the Developmental Disabilities Community

The Boggs Center developed two resources to provide information about COVID-19 vaccines and help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities understand what to expect before, during, and after vaccination. COVID-19 Vaccine Facts for the Developmental Disabilities Community and Getting a COVID Vaccine: A Social Story for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities are available in English and Spanish.

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Exploring Possibilities & Supports: An Information Gathering Toolkit

This resource provides people with developmental disabilities, family members, and Support Coordinators with Person-Centered Thinking and Charting the LifeCourse tools and concepts to use when exploring life possibilities and planning for supports. The information gathered can be used, together with conversations, to inform the person-centered planning process and development of the Person-Centered Planning Tool and New Jersey Individualized Service Plan. Available in English and Spanish. 

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Selecting a Support Coordination Agency: Making Choices, Becoming Empowered

People receiving support through New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities are able to choose the agency they receive support coordination services from. Selecting a Support Coordination Agency: Making Choices, Becoming Empowered provides information and ideas that can help in the selection process. Available in English and Spanish. 

Fight the Flu Fact Sheet

Fight the Flu

The flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu! Check out The Boggs Center’s Fight the Flu fact sheet and Getting a Flu Shot social story to learn more about the importance of getting a flu vaccine and what to expect when getting the shot. Available in English and Spanish.

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