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
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, Jonathan Martinis, Esq., JD, Senior Director for Law and Policy in the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, discusses supported decision-making.
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
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.
The Boggs Center’s Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series is a community and continuing education program provided for professionals, policymakers, individuals with disabilities, and family members to enhance their knowledge and skills in innovative approaches and state of the art practices for people with developmental disabilities. Fall 2022 webinars include Unlearning Ableism: How to be an Ally with People with Disabilities; Assessing Trauma in Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality: Effective Tips and Tools; and Quality Meaningful Day Services: A Community-Based Approach. Read more about the DDLS and register online
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
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.
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.
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.
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.