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Criminal Justice Advocacy Program

Webinars - Equal Justice Talks Series

We would like to welcome everyone to our exciting webinar series​​ for Support Coordinators, Direct Support Providers, Families, Advocates and Community Members.  The 10 episode series of free monthly webinars will discuss topics on the criminal justice system, Megan's Law, Mental Health, substance abuse, and more.

Webinars are scheduled for the third Thursday of every month, September through June. Click here to see the calendar.If you are not on our email distribution list and would like to receive notices about upcoming events and webinars, please click here 

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Equal Justice Talks Webinar Series 2023-2024- Beyond Boundaries: Innovative Approaches for IDD in the Criminal Justice System

  • September 26, 2023- Beyond Boundaries: “Microbiota-Gut-Brain Health Axis: A Clinical, Forensic Mental Health, and

    Neurocriminogical Perspective” RECORDED WEBINAR

  • October 16, 2023- Beyond Boundaries: “Western Diet Consumption and Problematic Behaviors: A Clinical, Forensic, and

    Neurocriminological Perspective” RECORDED WEBINAR

  • November 20, 2023- Beyond Boundaries: "Food Insecurity and the Criminal Justice System: Implications for Mood, Behavior, Cognition, Physical Health, and Criminality" RECORDED WEBINAR

  • December 18, 2023- Beyond Boundaries: " Nutritional Deficiencies and Unhealthy Dietary Practices and Problematic and Criminal Behaviours" RECORDED WEBINAR 

  • January 16, 2024- Beyond Boundaries, "Integrated Therapeutic Strategies for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Psychiatric Conditions" RECORDED WEBINAR

  • February 28, 2024- Beyond Boundaries, "Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Criminal Justice System: Strategies for Prevention and Navigation" RECORDED WEBINAR

  • March 8, 2024- Beyond Boundaries, "Understanding Legal Guardianship for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)" RECORDED WEBINAR

  • April 25, 2024-Beyond Boundaries, "Understanding Climate and Disability Justice: Mitigating Structural Barriers to the Right to Health."  RECORDED WEBINAR 

  • May 14, 2024- Beyond Boundaries, "Exploring the Intersection of Restorative Justice and IDD" RECORDED WEBINAR 

  • June 28, 2024-Beyond Boundaries, "Navigating Legal Waters: Key Issues in New Jersey Employment Law" RECORDED WEBINAR 

2022-2023 Equal Justice Talks Webinar Series: Exploring a Closer Look 

  • October 6,2022 - Exploring A Closer Look: Case Studies - An Analysis of Dual Diagnosis in Adults with Mental Illness and I/DD - Recorded Webinar | Slides

  • October 20,2022- Exploring A Closer Look: I/DD and Social Justice Within the Criminal Justice System: An International Perspective from Australia - Recorded Webinar

  • November 18, 2022-Exploring a Closer Look: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) and the Criminal Justice System: A Review of Symptomatology Recorded Webinar
  • December 22, 2022- Exploring a Closer Look: Transforming the Special Education School- to-Prison Pipeline  Recorded Webinar

  • January 31, 2023- Exploring a Closer Look: "Barriers to Justice for Individuals with Disabilities in the Court System: A Review of Promising Strategies" Recorded Webinar

  • February 21, 2023- Exploring a Closer Look: "Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and the Criminal Justice System: Systemic Issues within Correctional Settings" Recorded Webinar 

  • March 30, 2023- Exploring a Closer Look:“Cyber-Victimization of Individuals with Long-Term Conditions and Disabilities”  Recorded Webinar         

  • April 26, 2023- Exploring a Closer Look: "Human Trafficking of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" Recorded Webinar   

  • May 25, 2023- Exploring a Closer Look:" Excessive Sugar Consumption and Criminality: A Neurocriminological, Clinical and Forensic Perspective."  Recorded Webinar

  • June 28, 2023- Exploring a Closer Look: " Criminal Recidivism: A Neurological Perspective" Recorded Webinar



2021-2022 Equal Justice Talks: "What I Need to Know About" Archived Webinar Series

  • Sept 16, 2021 - "What I Need To Know About: If I Have to Call 911" - Recorded WebinarSlides

  • October 21, 2021 - "What I Need To Know About: Domestic Violence Laws and the Disability Community - Part 1" - Recorded Webinar  | Slides

  • November 18, 2021 - "What I Need To Know About: Criminal Justice Reform and Pre-Trial Detention Hearings" - Recorded Webinar  | Slides

  • December 16, 2021 - "What I Need To Know About: Municipal Court and Disorderly Persons Offenses" - Recorded WebinarSlides

  • January 20, 2022 - "What I Need To Know About: Domestic Violence Laws and the Disability Community - Part 2"Recorded Webinar | Slides | Case document

  • February 17, 2022 - "What I Need to Know About: Arraignment Hearings and Obtaining a Public Defender in Municipal and Superior Cases" - Recorded Webinar | Slides - First Presentation | Slides - Second Presentation

  • March 17, 2022 - "What I Need to Know About: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Medicaid Funding, Insurance Appeals, and Maximizing Benefits" - Recording and slides not available

  • April 21, 2022 - "What I Need to Know About: The Steps After an Arrest - An Overview of the Criminal Justice System" - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • May 19, 2022 - "What I Need to Know About: NAMI's "In Our Own Voice" - Working to Change Attitudes, Assumptions, and Ideas about Mental Health Conditions" - Recording and slides not available
  • June 16, 2022 - "What I Need to Know About: The Rollout of 988 - The New Nationwide Mental Health Crisis and Suicide Prevention Number" - Recorded Webinar | Slides

2020-2021 Equal Justice Talks Archived Webinar Series

  • Sept 17, 2020 - Legislative Options to Reform Laws for People with I/DD Caught Up in the Criminal Justice System -Recorded WebinarSlides
  • October 15, 2020 - Changing the System to Improve the Response to Victims with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • November 19, 2020- Alternatives to Incarceration: A District Attorney's Office Program for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Recorded Webinar | Slides | Rockland County Procedure Manual
  • December 17, 2020- The Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability Rights and the Legal System: An Introduction for Advocates - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • January 21, 2021- The Relationship Between Autism Spectrum  Disorder and Criminal Responsibility - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • February 18, 2021- The Relationship Between Intellectual Disabilities and Criminal Responsibility - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • March 18, 2021- Working with Families as a Defense Attorney for a Client with IDD - Recorded Webinar 
  • April 15, 2021- Sex offender registry, sexually violent predator laws and collateral consequences - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • May 20, 2021- ​Expungement Law: Changes to the Law in NJ that Improve Access to Expungement - Recorded Webinar | Slides
  • June 17, 2021- Providing Advocacy for People with IDD in the Criminal Justice System: How One Professional is Working to Ensure Equal Justice for Individuals with IDD who are Charged with Criminal Offenses - Recorded Webinar | Slides

2019-2020 Equal Justice Talks Archived Webinars

2018-2019 Equal Justice Talks Archived Webinar

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 
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