On Sunday afternoon, eight dedicated individuals took the next big step towards a more inclusive world on behalf of New Jersey’s community of citizens living with developmental disabilities. Each of the 2015 graduates of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking (NJ PIP) training program delivered final “reflections” from the podium with words full of passion, humor, calls-to-action, and even a little poetry!
I am truly grateful to have received training in this one-weekend-a-month program years ago during the 1998 session. I enjoyed the chance to reconnect with Dennie Todd and Jane Dunham, two outstanding individuals who tirelessly dedicated themselves to making the NJ PIP program a dynamic, empowering experience for all participants who pass through it. One of my fellow class of ’98 participants, Peggy Kinsell and I also had the opportunity to meet and greet some of the newest staff members of NJCDD and to chat with the current graduates about, among other things, the fond memories of our past involvement with the program.
Big thank you to the ’15 PIP grad for snapping my photo!
Good luck to the NJ PIP Class of 2015 graduates as you employ the knowledge and advocacy tools you have acquired to create a better world for your family, friends, and, fellow citizens for future generations to come!