Developmental Disabilities Committee


The Toms River Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities advocates for the education, servicing, medical equality, employment and integration of people with developmental disabilities. The committee serves as a voice to Mayor Hill and the Township Council Members on actions that will improve the lives of Toms River residents. The committee creates an events flyer every month advertising events going on in the area and provide sensory friendly quiet areas at select events around town.

2023 Meeting Dates - All meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Lomell Meeting Room in Town Hall, unless otherwise noted.

*Currently, meetings will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual.*

2023 Meeting Dates 
January 25th July 26th
February 22ndAugust 30th
March 29thSeptember 27th
April 26th October 25th
May 31st- Community RoomNovember 29th
June 28th
December 20th

Agendas and Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.


Sensory Activation Trailer

On July 12, 2022, the Toms River Mayor's Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities cut the ribbon for their new mobile Sensory Activation Trailer.

New mobile sensory trailerA sensory activation vehicle is a space which is designed to help an individual with a sensory need to regulate the brain’s negative reaction to external stimuli. The vehicle provides a low-stress, controlled environment to work through the stressor and allow the person to re-enter the preferred activity with a new confidence. This type of vehicle can benefit those with Autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, PTSD and more.

NJ 101.5 - "Overwhelmed at events? Toms River has new sensory activation trailer for those with PTSD, Autism"

Ocean County Special Needs Registry

The Ocean County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens with disabilities who reside, attend school or are employed in Ocean County. The registry was created to help police officers and other emergency service personnel to better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s disability, emergency contact information, a physical description and current photograph of the registrant.
NOTE: All Individuals who are of legal age (where there is no power of attorney or guardianship) can only register themselves.

Register here..




Last NameFirst NameMembership Type
MaierVeronicaToms River Schools
SimpsonLeigh  (Chair)Advocate 
Hutton-RoseDiane21 Plus
WeitzenGaryPOAC Autism Services
SilversmithAdamTR Youth Services
MillerMeganGraham Behavioral
MatusChristine (Vice-Chair)Advocate
MartinChelseaNavigation Support Coordination
RibetDanielChildren's Specialized Hospital
VelazquezElisaOcean Pediatric Dental Associates
FournierTracyToms River Schools
PapageorgiouAndreaFamily Advocate
PopalSamirNew Horizons
SmolowitzWendiOcean County Library