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On this page you can find statewide trainings and educational opportunities for consumers, families, and service providers. 

Please direct any questions regarding specific trainings/educational programs to the hosting agency. 

THE ARC OF NEW JERSEY

The Arc of New Jersey is the state's largest organization advocating for and serving citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Planning for Adult Life:  Developed in conjunction with Community Access Unlimited, Planning for Adult Life is a statewide project funded by the NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to assist young adults (between the ages of 16-21) with developmental disabilities and their families in charting a life course for adulthood. The project offers a variety of resources including Informational sessions, webinars, and resource guides/materials. 

Opportunity Expos: These free educational events, hosted statewide  throughout the year, include a variety of exhibitors (state and county government entities, community service providers, service coordinators, and local health care and recreation providers), as well as various workshops for parents and caregivers to attend throughout the day.   

 
 
NJ Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD)

NJCDD commissions research on policy issues and funds model programs to support the lives of those with disabilities. The Council also funds projects to educate and inform decision-makers, legislators, and the general public about developmental disabilities.

Partners in Policymaking (PIP):  Partners in Policymaking is a leadership training program expressly for family members of people with developmental disabilities and individuals with developmental disabilities. Participants [Partners] acquire knowledge about issues related to developmental disabilities, helping build their competency as advocates who can effectively influence public policy. The overall goal is to achieve an effective partnership between people needing and using services and those in a position to effect policy and law.

Family Support Planning Councils: Serve to provide a way for parents and family members of people with developmental disabilities to come together to exchange knowledge and information about family support services and to advocate for families and individuals with developmental disabilities at the local and state level on issues that directly impact their lives. They also collaborate with the state Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) on how to better serve individuals and their families.

Youth Leadership Program: A group that works with local and community-based organizations to provide leadership training for young people with developmental disabilities 

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THE BOGGS CENTER ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

The Boggs Center provides community and student training and technical assistance, conducts research and model demonstrations, and disseminates information and educational materials. Activities of The Boggs Center are guided by its Consumer Advisory Council and partnerships with people with disabilities, families, state and community agencies, and policy makers.

Recent Publications:
Providing Respite: Supporting People and Families Across the Lifespan: An overview of respite and highlights the positive impact that respite makes in the lives of people with disabilities, seniors, and their families.

For more information about conferences, the DD lecture series, training and continuing education opportunities, please visit: www.rwjms.umdnj.edu/departments_institutes/boggscenter/ 

 
 
THE FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER OF NEW JERSEY (FSCNJ)

The FSCNJ works in conjunction with DHS' Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) to host the following trainings/workshops:

Life Line for the Journey:  Information, resources, and tools for navigating the special education systems for children from birth to age 14.

Transition Matters Workshop:  Training developed specifically for professionals and parents who are working with high school-age students (14-21 years old) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and will require adult services upon exiting the school system. For more on this topic, also visit: www.transitionmattersnj.org 

What Individuals/Families Need to Know About Support Coordination: An interactive presentation that provides direction to individuals and their families in choosing a support coordination agency to help facilitate a smooth transition to adult life. In addition, this presentation elaborates on the support coordination process  

Webinars: Several webinars on various topics are available for review

The Training Calendar: a listing of relevant trainings available statewide 

For more information, please visit: www.fscnj.org

 
 
 
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