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May 21, 2014

Olivia Williams selected for Hamilton Relay 2014 Better Hearing and Speech Month Recognition Award for the State of Rhode Island 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

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

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

May 17 is 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

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

RIAIMH Conference
Early Brain and Child Development: Making Connections
May 23, 2014
Warwick, RI
April 8, 2014

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

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
Transition to Integrated Employment Brief

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

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: 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 145 kb (PDF)
April Public Forum and Training Series Registration Form
2014 Calendar of Events

February 21, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Seminar145 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 24, 2014

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


January 16, 2014

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.
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New Report About Employment Outcomes for Young Adults

A new ICI report - Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2004-2011 - shows the trend employment outcomes of young adults 16 to 21 years old and 22 to 30 years in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data are from the American Community Survey, the RSA-911, and the National Core Indicators datasets. The report was funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services.
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