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Criminal Justice Advocacy Program

Equal Justice Talks

From the Criminal Justice Advocacy Program of

The Arc of New Jersey

This monthly webinar series hosted by The Criminal Justice Program presents experts on a broad range of issues related to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who become involved in the criminal justice system as defendants, victims and witnesses.  On the Third Thursday of each month, from 2pm to 3pm EST, you can register free of charge to hear live presentations about Medicaid/SSI rules and regulations as they apply to people with criminal histories; sexual civil rights; cognitive capacity to consent; guardianship issues; defending the client with disabilities; interview techniques when working with a person with disabilities and many other topics.


Equal Justice Talks Webinar Series # 3

Topic:  ​Autism Spectrum Disorder,  Internet Crime and Culpability

Speaker:  Dr. Mary Riggs Cohen, PhD, Autism Spectrum Diagnostics and Consulting

When: Thursday November 21, 2019

View flyer: Click here

Where to register: Click here

2019-2020 Equal Justice Talks Webinar Calendar

September 19, 2019 - What's Happening Now: For Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System in NJ | Slides

October 17, 2019 - Representing the Criminal Defendant with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Recording

November 21, 2019 - ​Autism Spectrum Disorder,  Internet Crime and Culpability - Flyer | Register

December 19, 2019 - TBD

January 16, 2020 - TBD

February 20, 2020 - TBD

March 19, 2020 - TBD

April 16, 2020 - TBD

May 21, 2020 - TBD

June 18, 2020 - TBD


2018-2019 Equal Justice Talks Webinar Calendar

September 20, 2018 - Creating Pathways to Justice for People with I/DD in 2018 and Beyond - Recorded Webinar | Slides

October 18, 2018 - Trauma Informed Care - Recorded Webinar | Slides

November 15, 2018 - Ethics & Safety - The relationship between ethical cultures and safe environments at provider agencies - Recorded Webinar | Slides

December 20, 2018 - Understanding the Changing Landscape of Social and Sexual Behavior for People with I/DD and Their Caregivers - Recorded Webinar | Slides

January 17, 2019 - ​Effectively Advocating for the Client with Developmental Disabilities who has been charged with a sex offense - Recorded Webinar | Slides 

** Q&A Follow-up  - Answered by Heather Ellis Cucolo, Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates, Co-owner and Partner, Offering mental disability training and education both domestically and internationally.

February 21, 2019 - Growth Through Opportunity: A Unique Way to Enhance Employment, Safety and Inclusive Communities - Recorded Webinar | Slides

March 21, 2019 - Understanding the Impact of Collateral Consequences of a Sexual Criminal Conviction on a Person with I/DD- Recorded Webinar

April 18, 2019 - ​Supported Employment for People with I/DD and Criminal HistoriesRecorded Webinar | Slides

May 16, 2019 - The need for relationship and sexuality education for people with I/DD (Part 1)-

Recorded Webinar | Slides

June 20, 2019 - Prevention through Education: Outcomes and Barriers (Part 2)-

Recorded Webinar | Slides | Resources Handout

2017-2018 Equal Justice Talks Archived Webinar 

  • September 27, 2017 An overview of the criminal justice system and how it affects clients with developmental disabilities when criminal charges are filed - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • October 25, 2017 Effective techniques when working with a person with a developmental disability that affects their communication skills, providing practical tips and information - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • November 29, 2017 - Doing the Right Thing: Making Ethical Decisions and Preventing the Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities - Recorded Webinar | Slides  (Suggested reading on this topic: 'Scanning the Horizon' by Steve Baker and Amy Tabor)
  • December 20, 2017 - How Parents and Caregivers can Keep an Individual with I/DD Safe While Accessing the Internet. Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • January 25, 2018 - Counterfeit Deviance: What Is It and What Does the Research Tell Us? Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • February 22, 2018 - Investigating and Prosecuting Financial Crimes Against People with I/DD. Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • March 29, 2018 - Overcoming Criminal Histories and Successfully Supporting Employment for People with I/DD Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • April 26, 2018 - Trauma Informed Care: Understanding Sources of and Treatment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Recorded Webinar | Slides 
  • May 24, 2018 - Empowering People with Disabilities to Recognize and Report Abuse - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • June 28, 2018 - Legal-Medical Partnerships- Recorded Webinar | Slides

November 2017 webinar with guest speaker Vincent J. Giardina

Archived 2016- 2017 Equal Justice Talks Webinars 
**Material contains graphic material and adult content**

This project is cosponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and made possible through funding from the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey.  For additional information about the Foundation's other law-related activities, please call 1-800-FREE-LAW or visit the Foundation on the Web at