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 2023 WebinarsRegistration is open for the Spring 2023 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series!
All sessions will be held online using The Zoom Webinar platform.

View Spring 2023 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series Brochure
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What is HCBS and Why Does it Matter?
Carli Friedman portrait

Carli Friedman, PhD
Director of Research
CQL – The Council on Quality and Leadership
Towson, MD

Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are critical to supporting the health, quality of life, and community integration of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). In this session, participants will learn what HCBS is, how it works, and why it is important. Quality outcomes in HCBS will also be covered, including quality measurement and where supports can be focused to promote the quality of life of people with IDD in HCBS.

Friday, April 14, 2023 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

Pathways to Employment for Autistic Youth and Young Adults
Carol Schall portrait

Carol Schall, PhD
Associate Professor
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Achieving competitive integrated employment continues to be a challenge facing autistic youth. Nevertheless, there has been research that demonstrates successful supports for individuals with autism. In this session, research will be presented about the impact of internships, supported employment, and customized employment on employment outcomes for autistic youth. The behavioral methods used to support youth and young adults with ASD in the transition from school to work will also be discussed.

Friday, April 21, 2023 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

Employment First: A Public Policy Roadmap to Achieving Competitive Integrated Employment
Julie J. Christensen portrait

Julie J. Christensen, MSW, PhD
Executive Director and Director of Policy & Advocacy
APSE - Association of People Supporting Employment First
Rockville, MD

Since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, equal access to and participation in the general labor market has been a fundamental civil right for people with disabilities. More recently, the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) expanded on this right by codifying competitive integrated employment as the desired outcome for publicly funded disability services and supports. Despite these positive advancements in public policy, significant barriers continue to exist and the labor participation rate for people with disabilities has not yet met that of the general population. In this session, existing and proposed legislation and policies will be discussed, particularly threats and challenges to the ADA and WIOA, and the ways policies can be leveraged to increase employment outcomes for people with IDD.

Friday, May 12, 2023 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar

Supporting Siblings throughout Lifelong Relationships
Katie Arnold portrait

Katie Arnold, PhD
Associate Project Director
Institute on Disability and Human Development
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

The relationship between brothers and sisters is often the longest relationship of most people’s lives. For siblings where one person has intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), there are unique experiences and roles throughout the lifecourse. This presentation will share what the research says about the sibling experience from the perspective of both the sibling and the brother or sister with I/DD. Finally, what siblings want parents and professionals to know will be shared along with sibling support resources.

Friday, May 19, 2023 l 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM l Webinar


The Spring 2023 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 2023 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.