Making Choices, Becoming Empowered

New Resource from The Boggs Center Selecting a Supported Employment Agency:


The Boggs Center is excited to announce the latest addition to its Making Choices, Becoming Empowered series. Selecting a Supported Employment Agency is a guide for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities receiving services through New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities. The ability to evaluate programs and chose the agency that will provide the highest quality of service can be empowering for people with disabilities and their families. This guide provides an overview of best practices in supported employment so that individuals can select a service provider that will best support their employment goals.

Selecting a Supported Employment Agency is available in both English and Spanish.

Download or order hard copies

SHA Releases New Guide for NJ Developmental Disability Services

SHA is proud to release a new guide “Accessing Developmental Disability Services in NJ”, a guide for Long Term Support for Children and Adults in NJ. The purpose of this guide is to provide basic information regarding how a person with a disability can access eligibility and intake for government-funded services. The guide is available in English and Spanish and printed copies can be obtained by contacting The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. SHA has created this guide and several additional resources with grants from the NJCDD. To locate them, go to the SHA website at

NJ DSP Publishes Book About Experiences

A member of the NJ Coalition for a DSP Living Wage thought the following book may be of interest to members.

“The Challenged Population” is a book written by Abdul Gabisi, who works as a long-term DSP ((Direct Support Professional) for the Arc of Somerset County and for Devereux. He has been a DSP in New Jersey for nearly 20 years.

He used fictitious names for individuals with disabilities, for group homes, and agency names  Below are the links where his books are sold:

Book from Gail Frizzell, NJ Advocate

During my thirty years as an advocate, I have tried to provide a voice for a daughter who will never be able to tell her own story, or extend a hand and ask for help. Lauren will forever be unable to implore someone to care about the quality of her life.  In order to tell the important story of Lauren’s life, and of my efforts to support her, I’ve written Special Needs. Within this book I’ve tried to capture the life-altering effects of significant physical and intellectual disability, as well as relate the formidable challenges facing families attempting to find quality and accessible services to meet the lifespan needs of vulnerable loved ones.  Amazon link to book