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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

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April 22, 2014

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RIAIMH Conference
Early Brain and Child Development: Making Connections
May 23, 2014
Warwick, RI

April 8, 2014

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Justice Department Reaches Landmark Settlement Agreement with Rhode Island Ensuring Employment and Integrated Day Services for People with Disabilities

The Justice Department announced today that it has entered into the nation's first statewide settlement agreement vindicating the civil rights of individuals with disabilities who are unnecessarily segregated in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. The agreement with the State of Rhode Island will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This first-of-its-kind statewide agreement addresses the rights of people with disabilities to receive state-funded employment and daytime services in integrated settings, such as supported employment and integrated day services, rather than in segregated sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs with only other people with disabilities. The agreement also provides relief to transition-age youth at risk of segregation in facility-based programs. Under the agreement, transition-age youth will have access to a wide array of transition, vocational rehabilitation, and supported employment services intended to lead to integrated employment outcomes after they leave secondary school.

The parties have jointly filed the settlement in federal district court and have requested that it be entered as a court-enforceable Consent Decree. For more general information about the Justice Department's ADA Olmstead enforcement efforts, visit the Civil Rights Division's Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone website.

To find out more about the ADA, visit Division's ADA.gov website or call the toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD).

April 2, 2014

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Access for All Mini-Grants
Applications now being accepted for the 2014 award cycle!

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College is soliciting applications from organizations and businesses offering social, recreational, leisure and cultural activities in Rhode Island communities for "Access for All Abilities" (AAA) Mini-Grants. The Sherlock Center will award up to four grants in 2014. Organizations may apply for up to $2,500. The submission deadline is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Learn more...

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