Developmental Disabilities Lecture 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. Nationally known speakers with expertise in their field serve as faculty for the program. Eight sessions of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series are held each year, four in the Fall, and four in the Spring.

Funding for the Series is provided by the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Human Services, State of New Jersey and the Administration on Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services.

View list of 300 Sessions of the Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

Current Sessions

Banner advertising Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series - Spring 2024 WebinarsRegistration is open for the Spring 2024 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series!
All sessions will be held online using The Zoom Webinar platform.

View Spring 2024 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Brochure
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Supporting Community Life Engagement for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Friday, April 5, 2024 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

This session will focus on how day services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can support community life engagement (CLE). CLE includes all the ways that people with and without disabilities access and participate in their communities outside of employment. Activities can include volunteer work; postsecondary, adult, or continuing education; accessing community facilities such as the library, gym, or recreation center; and any other activities that people with and without disabilities do in their spare time. Research on supports for CLE, tools for service providers, and new opportunities to learn more and engage in a community of practice on CLE will be presented.

Jennifer SulewskiJennifer Sulewski, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Associate Director
University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability
Durham, NH

The Evolution of Autism Policy in the US: Implications for the Future

Friday, April 12, 2024 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

The prevalence of autism in the US has increased rapidly in the last three decades. In this session, participants will learn about how policies and programs to meet the needs of this growing group have been created and put in place. The next steps for autism-specific policy and opportunities and challenges will be discussed.

Lindsay SheaLindsay Shea, DrPH, MS
Director of the Policy and Analytics Center, Associate Professor
A.J. Drexel Autism Institute
Philadelphia, PA

Trauma Informed Supports for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Friday, May 10, 2024 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

This session will provide a view of trauma from the perspective of the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. It will explore the sources of trauma and the common effects of that trauma on both a biological and psychological level. The key ingredients for healing will be explored and case studies will be shared.

Karyn HarveyKaryn Harvey, PhD
Psychologist, Author, and Speaker
Lutherville, MD

Improving Employment Outcomes: The Lessons We Are Learning

Friday, May 17, 2024 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

As interest in Employment First gains ground, state agencies and service providers are being called upon to rethink how they support people with disabilities and help them become valued members of our workforce. The focus of this session will be community employment and the innovative strategies being used to encourage integrated employment and help people with more significant disabilities to find meaningful work.

Sara MurphySara Murphy, MS
Director, WorkLink
Rockville, MD


The Spring 2024 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series will be held on the Zoom Webinar platform.

To access the webinars, you must register in advance on The Boggs Center Online Registration System

The webinars are free of charge. Space is limited for each of the sessions. Open to people who live or work in New Jersey. For additional information about DDLS Webinars, please view Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Mahovetz at or 732-235-9543.

Continuing Education and Certificates of Attendance

As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, The Boggs Center offers this program for general social work continuing education credit per NJAC 13:44G6.4.c(5). The Boggs Center is a registered NJ Department of Education Professional Development Provider. The Spring 2024 sessions have been submitted to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for continuing education program approval.

Each session is eligible for 2 hours of continuing education recognition. To demonstrate completion and receive a Certificate, you must be logged into the webinar from start to finish and complete a survey at the webinar’s completion. Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to all participants who meet these eligibility requirements the week following the event.