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Inclusive Nutrition Standards of Care and Guidelines for Implementation


The Center for Nutrition and Disability Collaborative aims to provide persons with disabilities and their caregiver(s) the tools to promote healthy behaviors throughout their lifetime. The purpose of Inclusive Nutrition Standards of Care and Guidelines for Implementation is to promote healthy dietary patterns and wellness. Lack of disability and neurodiverse-specific information and resources place persons and families at an increased risk for poor health outcomes. Inclusive Nutrition Standards of Care and Guidelines for Implementation are developed utilizing a person-centered approach that practices cultural competency, is evidence-based, and action-oriented.


The Standards provide inclusive resources based on cultural diversity in New Jersey to meet the needs of adults and children with disabilities.

“The Diversity of our state is one of our key strengths that drives productivity, innovation and growth. We are home to the densest population in the U.S. and ranked as one of the most diverse states in the country. Nearly 45% of New Jersey’s 8.9 million residents are people of color.” – NJ Office of Diversity and Inclusion (2021)


This project has been in part funded by the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network and the NJ Division of Disability Services.

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Adeola Sonaike and Greta Latvyte, M.P.A with The Family Resource Network, East Windsor NJ

Dr. Dara LoBuono with Rowan University, Glassboro NJ

Dr. Perks with Stockton University, Galloway NJ


A special thank you to

Lynn Abrahamsen from Word of Mouth Speech Therapy, Hamilton NJ

Andrea Ramirez Research Assistant with University of Rhode Island: Nutrition and Food Sciences, Kingston RI

Barbara Farrell Educator with Kendall Demonstration Elementary School, Washington DC

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