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New Jersey Partners in Policymaking

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New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members available through The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. The goal of this program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.


Participants selected for the program will learn about best practices and important areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts. Upon completion of the program, participants will have developed the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • advocate for opportunities and supports that promote self-determination, independence and inclusion in all aspects of community life

  • be members of advisory boards and committees

  • work alongside policymakers and state agencies


Requirements of Participation

  • Participation in 8 interactive educational leadership development sessions held one weekend a month in New Brunswick (Friday 2pm – Saturday 3pm)
  • Completion of homework assignments between sessions, including the development of an Advocacy Action Plan    


Monthly Educational Leadership Development Sessions & Topics

September 8 & 9

  • History of Disability Policy & Advocacy

  • Self-Advocacy & Family Advocacy

January 12 & 13

  • Transition

  • Employment


October 13 & 14

  • The Legislative Process & What Happens in Washington

  • State Policy & Systems Change Advocacy


February 9 & 10

  • State Agencies & Service Systems

  • Health Policy, Health, & Wellness

November 17 & 18

  • A Vision for Advocacy Across the Lifespan

  • Self-Determination, Social Capital, & Community Inclusion

March 9 & 10

  • Building Alliances, Committee Participation, & Grassroots Organizing

  • Sharing Your Story & Communicating Effectively for Advocacy

December 15 & 16

  • Inclusive Education

  • Supported Decision Making

April 20 & 21

  • Putting Leadership into Action

  • Graduation


Additional Information

If you would like additional information about the program, contact Jaime McGeady by email at or phone 732-235-9613.



Project Director: Colleen McLaughlin

Project Staff: Jaime McGeady


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