Welcome to The Boggs Center

About The Center

Our Mission

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.


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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.

DSP Competency Survey

Registration is Open for the Fall 2022 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Webinars

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

DSP Competency Survey

Take the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Competency Survey

Take the Direct Support Professional (DSP) Competency Survey by August 17th to share your thoughts on the skills and competency needs of NJ’s DSPs! Through this survey, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), is seeking input to inform recommendations made by the NJ DDD Money Follows the Person (MFP) DSP Competency and Capacity Building Steering Committee and to help in the development of a Statewide Career Pathway for DSPs. 

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Welcome to Our New Website! Tell Us What You Think.

Thank you for visiting The Boggs Center’s new website. Based on feedback we received from website visitors like you, we redesigned our website and focused on improving ease of navigation, enhancing accessibility, using more images, and describing our work in user-friendly ways. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to tell us what you think by completing The Boggs Center’s Website Survey.


Episode 8 of BoggsCast Now Available: Season 1 Highlights with Jaime Zahid

The Boggs Center is excited to share the final episode in Season 1 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, Jaime Zahid, Training & Consultation Specialist at The Boggs Center and frequent BoggsCast host, provides a recap of some of our favorite moments from the first 7 episodes. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Facts Series

The Boggs Center created a Vaccine Facts Series to address common myths and concerns about COVID-19 vaccines through funding from the federal Administration on Community Living. Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Portuguese, and Tagalog, the series includes resources with information to promote vaccination in the disability community: The COVID-19 Vaccine is Effective Against the Virus; The COVID-19 Vaccine Will Not Make You Sick; Safe & Responsible COVID-19 Vaccine Development; Had COVID? You Still Need the COVID-19 Vaccine; and The COVID-19 Vaccine Does Not Harm Fertility or Pregnancies

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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. 

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Voting: It’s Your Right

Voting: It’s Your Right is a guide about voting rights and the voting process in New Jersey developed by The Boggs Center in collaboration with its Developmental Disabilities Network Partners, Disability Rights New Jersey and the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. The updated 5th edition provides information on registering and preparing to vote, options for voting by mail and in-person, voting rights and accessibility, and contacting election officials. 

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