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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. 

Our webinar speakers cover a wide range of topics and perspectives.  Information presented in these webinars and powerpoint slides does not represent the opinions of The Arc of New Jersey.


Current Webinar:

Thursday, October 15, 2020 from 2 pm - 3 pm EST.

"Changing the System to Improve the Response to Victims with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities"   

Please join us in this one hour presentation with guest speaker Pamela Stafford, Public Policy Director at The Arc of New Mexico for "Changing the System to Improve the Response to Victims with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities." Her presentation will discuss how this Arc Chapter is promoting systems changes through legislative initiatives, training and direct services for victims with IDD, focusing on their victims' advocacy training and the challenges and successes these initiatives have brought.

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2020-2021 Equal Justice Talks 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 - View Flyer | Register Here
  • November 19, 2020- To be announced
  • December 17, 2020- To be announced
  • January 21, 2021- To be announced
  • February 18, 2021- To be announced
  • March 18, 2021- To be announced
  • April 15, 2021- To be announced
  • May 20, 2021- To be announced
  • June 17, 2021- To be announced

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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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