Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

COVID-19 Update Related to Boggs Center Events

In effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus and protect those who are most vulnerable, Boggs Center events have either been moved online or are postponed in compliance with Rutgers University’s directives related to public events. Please refer to the specific events for current information.

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Registration is now open for the Spring 2021 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series. All sessions will be held online using a webinar platform.
The webinars are free of charge. Space is limited for each of the sessions.
To access the webinars, you must register in advance. Select REGISTER and complete the GoToWebinar registration form for each webinar.
  • You will receive a confirmation email and reminder emails with the unique link to join each webinar. When you complete the registration form, please make sure your email address is correct since all emails will be sent to the address you enter.
  • The “join webinar” link in the confirmation and reminder emails is unique to your registration and should not be shared with others.
  • Please note that each person who wishes to participate must register and log in using their own email and device in order for their attendance to be recorded.
As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, The Boggs Center offers this program for 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 2021 sessions have been submitted to the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC) for continuing education program approval. The April 16 and May 21 sessions have been submitted to the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA) for continuing education program approval.
Each session is eligible for 2 hours of continuing education recognition. Please note the following requirements to demonstrate completion and receive a Certificate of Attendance for each session:
  • You must be logged onto the webinar from start to finish.
  • You must complete a survey at the webinar's completion.
Certificates of Attendance will be emailed to attendees meeting these requirements the week following each event.  
For additional information about DDLS Webinars, including system requirements, please view DDLS Webinar Frequently Asked Questions

Preparing Families To Support Youth On The Autism Spectrum As They Transition To Adulthood

Julie Lounds Taylor, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Investigator
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Nashville, TN
When supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, it is important to consider the role of the family. Parents often provide critical assistance to their autistic sons and daughters during the transition to adulthood. Yet, many families are inadequately supported during this time. This presentation will describe the important roles that parents can play in the lives of their young adults on the autism spectrum, and discuss the potential benefits of a new program that professionals can use to support families by teaching them about adult service systems.
*NJLEND CE Event Recognizing Autism Acceptance Month*
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open April 16, 2021  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar

Nothing About Us Without Us: Centering Disabled People In Disability Advocacy

Emily Ladau, BA
Disability Rights Activist, Writer, Digital Communications Consultant
Words I Wheel By, Long Island, NY
Even informed advocates and allies can still fall into the trap of speaking either for or over disabled people rather than centering their authentic stories and experiences. This presentation will address ways those with disabilities have reclaimed their power after historically being excluded from advocacy efforts. Together, we will explore how the implicit and explicit biases we hold can disempower the disability community, and we will reframe our thinking and actions to ensure our work uplifts intersectional disability perspectives.  
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open April 23, 2021  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar

Beyond Traditional Job Development: The Art Of Creating Opportunity

Denise Bissonnette, MEd
Speaker, Author
Diversity World, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
This lively presentation will give us new eyes and a new mind about the possibilities for individuals with developmental disabilities to bring their gifts to the world of work. Based on concepts from her book of the same title, the presenter will share her transformation from practicing traditional job placement to engaging in true job development which involves spotting opportunity in every corner of the local community and matching to the “individual genius” of each person. This engaging presentation will couple sound principles with hands-on techniques, practical demonstrations, and real-life examples.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open May 14, 2021  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar

Meeting The Mental Health Needs Of Individuals With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

Andrea Witwer, PhD
Associate Professor, Director of Training, and LEND Associate Director
Nisonger Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
This presentation will focus on the co-occurrence of mental health concerns in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), providing information on the presentation of psychiatric disorders in individuals with IDD and the treatments available to meet their unique needs. It will also lay out practical steps that all members of a support team can take to help to ensure that those with IDD and psychiatric disorders are appropriately diagnosed, and the best ways to support their treatment.
Status Date Time Location Registration
Open May 21, 2021  10:00 am - 12:00 pm Webinar