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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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July 30, 2014

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Webinar: Rising to the Occasion ADA, Olmstead & State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment
Published on July 22, 2014 by the LEAD Center


July 26, 2014

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24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26th marked the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Learn more about ADA form these projects and resources:

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National Disability Coalition Seeks Comments
Deadline: August 15, 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has established a National Disability Coalition that provides an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to share unique insights directly with policy makers and other stakeholders on topics of particular interest to Social Security. SSA is seeking participants for an online comment forum on the Disability Decision Process. The online forum is now open for public ideas and comments via IdeaScale through August 15, 2014. This forum will assist SSA develop responsive and effective policies that will empower people with disabilities, minimize their financial hardship, and ensure proper use of Disability Trust funds. The Disability Coalition plans to meet three times per year, beginning with the first meeting on September 24, 2014. Prior to each meeting, SSA will host a four-week engagement using IdeaScale to promote stakeholder discussion. After the meetings, SSA will host a two-week post meeting engagement to provide a final opportunity for discussion.



July 16, 2014

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Health Disparities Project Survey

Deadline: July 25, 2014
The Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire is seeking adults with disabilities to answer a brief health survey. The goal of the Health Disparities Project is to generate new knowledge about health access and health outcomes among sub-groups of people with disabilities and translate and disseminate the findings for researchers, policy makers, and others. This fall, the project will release its major findings in Washington, DC, at the annual Research-to-Policy Roundtable meeting sponsored by the Disability Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC).

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ACL Releases Guidance on Person Centered Planning and Self-Direction

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) released guidance outlining standards for person centered planning and self-direction. ACL indicates that these principles will be embedded into all Health and Human Services (HHS)-funded home and community-based services and supports (HCBS), and presumably be used within other non-HHS HCBS and long-term supports and services (LTSS) programs. The release indicates that all HHS entities that provide funding for HCBS are expected to incorporate the paper's principles within their regulations, guidance, and/or the technical assistance they provide to states.


June 30, 2014

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Claire Rosenbaum recognized with Community Partner Award

Rhode Island Parent Information Network (www.ripin.org ) presented Claire Rosenbaum, coordinator of adult supports at the Sherlock Center, with the Community Partner Award at their annual meeting. The award is given to an organization or individual that has demonstrated a commitment to addressing the barriers faced by children, youth, and families with special health care needs.

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Jamie Moule Earns RI Early Intervention Certificate

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities would like to congratulate Jamie Moule as the second graduate from the RI Early Intervention Certificate Program. Jamie, a service coordinator with Hasbro Early Intervention, has worked in Early Intervention (EI) just under four years and recently completed the certificate process. The EI Certificate Program is designed to support the growth of EI professionals from Level 1 to Level 2 providers. Learn more...


June 23, 2014

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15 Years After Olmstead - Our Commitment to Community Living from The White House Blog
All indications are that we are heading in the right direction. We are working to address many of the most imposing barriers facing those who want to live on their own: finding affordable, accessible housing and improving access to quality support and services tailored to each person's goals.


May 21, 2014

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Olivia Williams selected for Hamilton Relay 2014 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award for the State of Rhode Island pdf logo image 20 kb (PDF)

Olivia Williams is a leader who is active in supporting and advocating for the rights of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Since an early age, she has made her voice heard by testifying on numerous bills, speaking on panels and sharing the knowledge she has gained through her experience in dealing with her own hearing loss.

Olivia has participated on panels at the National AG Bell Conference, the Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program (RIHAP), and for Cochlear Americas. As a member of the Rhode Island Chapter of AG Bell, she has been a representative at the "Walk for Hearing". She is also an advocate on a governmental level and has testified on state bills in support of bringing closed captioning to movie theatres as well as mandating insurance carriers to cover hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Hamilton Relay provides contracted Traditional Relay and/or Captioned Telephone services to 16 states and the Island of Saipan, and is a provider of Internet-based Captioned Telephone services nationwide. More information is available at www.hamiltonrelay.com.


May 20, 2014

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Ernie Van Deusen, Allison McDonald & Susan Quinn - Trudeau EI Program
First Graduate - RI Early Intervention Certificate Program


The Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities would like to congratulate Allison McDonald as the first graduate from the RI Early Intervention Certificate Program. Allison, a service coordinator with the Trudeau Center, has worked in Early Intervention (EI) since 2006 and recently completed the certificate process. The EI Certificate Program is designed to support the growth of EI professionals from Level 1 to Level 2 providers.

Congratulations Allie!


May 18, 2014

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The Meaning of Brown for Children with Disabilities
ACSblog by A. Anthony Antosh, Ed.D. and Andrew Imparato

May 17 marked the 60th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court opinion, Brown v. Board of Education. This post is part of an ACSblog symposium noting the landmark decision and exploring the ongoing inequalities in our society.

May 6, 2014

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A Comprehensive Approach to Transition
Members of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) produced this publication to help people work together to support the self-determined transition of youth to adulthood and community life. This is a companion document to "A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood".

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...

March 26, 2014

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Transition to Integrated Employment Brief
March 2014

In February, Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities hosted the first of a series of public forums and workshops to promote a comprehensive approach to transition and integrated employment. Conversion: From Workshop to Integrated Employment, a day -long workshop held at RI College, was well attended by providers, advocates, and family members. Workshop presenters, recognizing that conversion from center-based services is multifaceted, shared a variety of programmatic, staffing, and fiscal strategies that support a strong emphasis on employment. This Brief highlights those strategies, as well as related resources for ongoing learning.

March 4, 2014

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Transition to Integrated Employment - April Public Forum and Training Series

Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, a federal University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, are hosting a series of public forums and workshops in 2014 focused on promoting a comprehensive approach to transition and integrated employment. The second of four series will be held on April 3 and 4, 2014 at Rhode Island College. The details are provided below. Use the link provided to register online for one or both events.

Public Forum: The State of Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A National Perspective on Trends and Systems Change

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Alger Hall, Room 110
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI
There is no cost to attend. Please R.S.V. P. by April 1 to received directions and a parking permit in advance.

Panelists:
  • Andrew J. Imparato, JD, Executive Director, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, formerly, Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • William Kiernan, PhD, Dean and Research Professor at the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development and Director, Institute for Community Inclusion
  • John Butterworth, PhD, Director of Employment Systems Change, Institute for Community Inclusion
  • Sara Murphy, Director of WorkLink, TransCen, Inc.
Make it WORK: Encouraging, Supporting, and Managing Integrated Employment
Presenter: Sara Murphy, Director of WorkLink, TranCen, Inc.

Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
April 4, 2014 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM (8:15 AM Registration)
Registration Fee: $15.00
Registration Deadline: March 26, 2014
Pre-registration is required; late registrations will be accepted as space permits.

In this one-day workshop, Sara Murphy will discuss how to create meaningful, individualized services that will encourage employment and support people at work and in all aspects of life. Ms. Murphy will provide case examples and strategies for braiding program supports and managing wrap-around, community-based services. Participants will leave with a new vision for day services and programmatic tools and ideas that their organizations can implement.

April Public Forum and Training Series Flyer pdf logo image145 kb (PDF)
April Public Forum and Training Series Registration Form
2014 Calendar of Events

February 21, 2014

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Emergency Preparedness Seminar pdf logo image145 kb (PDF)

The R.I. Department of Health and the R.I. Parent Information Network, along with several other agencies, are sponsoring a seminar on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. The session will repeat from March to May at various locations in the Rhode Island, including one in Spanish in Providence.

January 23, 2014

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Transition to Integrated Employment - February Public Forum and Training Series

Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, a federal University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, are hosting a series of public forums and workshops in 2014 focused on promoting a comprehensive approach to transition and integrated employment. The first of four series will be held on February 13 and 14 at Rhode Island College.

The details are provided below. Use the link provided to register online for one or both events.

Public Forum: The State of Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A National Perspective on Trends and Systems Change
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Alger Hall, Room 110
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI
There is no cost to attend. Please R.S.V. P. by February 11 to received directions and a parking permit in advance.

Conversion: From Workshop to Integrated Employment
Friday, February 14, 2014, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
Registration Fee: $15.00
Registration Deadline: February 7, 2014
Pre-registration is required; late registrations will be accepted as space permits.

February Public Forum and Training Series Flyer pdf logo image 5 MB (PDF)
February Public Forum and Training Series Registration Form
2014 Calendar of Events

January 16, 2014

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DOJ Findings Letter to Rhode Island (2014)

The United States issued a statewide Findings Letter in January 2014 concluding that the State of Rhode Island is violating Title II of the ADA by unjustifiably and unnecessarily segregating persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in its day activity service system, including in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs, instead of providing such persons the opportunity to receive integrated supported employment and integrated day services that would enable them to interact with non-disabled individuals to the fullest extent possible.
The letter concluded that the State places youth with I/DD at risk of unnecessary segregation in sheltered workshops and facility-based day programs. The Department recommended that the State implement certain remedial measures, including the development of sufficient supported employment and integrated day services to enable those individuals unnecessarily segregated, or at risk of unnecessary segregation, to be served in integrated settings.
Related news articles:
  • Providers of services for R.I. adults with disabilities agree system is troubled, Providence Journal, January 15, 2014
  • Department of Justice probe finds thousands of disabled R.I adults 'segregated' in state programs, Providence Journal, January 15, 2014

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