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Current Year (2014) News Archives
September 30, 2014
Supporting Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families:
Status and Trends Through 2012
This technical report describes results from a survey of state intellectual and/or developmental disabilities agencies for FY 2012 on the status and trends of long-term supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, focusing on supports provided in individualized settings (the home of a family member, a person's own home, a host home or foster family setting or group homes shared by three or fewer people with disabilities).
Published by the Supporting Individuals and Families Information Systems Project (FISP) of the Institute's Research and Training Center on Community Living. By S.A. Larson, L. Hallas-Muchow, F. Aiken, A. Hewitt, L.L. Anderson, S. Pettingell, C. Moseley, M. Sowers, M.L. Fay, D. Smith, Y. Kardell, and J. Agosta.
September 24, 2014
HCBS Advocates Toolkit
ASAN has published a toolkit for advocates, families and administrators on how to ensure that people with disabilities receive Medicaid-funded Home and Community-Based Services in integrated settings that offer full access to the community. The new toolkit includes a resource for advocates and their families explaining what the new rule means and how to make their voices heard as their states make plans to comply with the new rule, a resource for state administrators and professionals on how to come into compliance with the new rule, a research brief, and fact sheet on integrated housing for people with disabilities.
September 18, 2014
HELP Committee Hearing and Report Address Disability and Poverty (PDF)
Fulfilling the Promise: Overcoming Persistent Barriers to Economic Self-Sufficiency for People with Disabilities
Full Committee Hearing, September 18, 2014
Celebrating Babies Month in October! 1.4 MB (PDF)
October 20, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, Rhode Island College
Join us for a free viewing of the documentary Babies directed by the award-winning filmmaker, Thomas Balmés. Dr. Susan Dickstein, Associate professor, Brown Medical School and Psychologist, Bradley Hospital, will lead the evening with a conversation about fostering “Infant/toddler and Family Mental Health.” This event is sponsored by the Rhode Island Association for Infant Mental Health and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. Registration is required; there is no cost to attend.
September 9, 2013
RIPIN Fall 2014 Workshop & Training Schedule now available.
September 5, 2014
Nominate a White House Champion of Change for Disability Employment
The White House is now accepting nominations for Champions of Change for disability employment. The Champions of Change award honors individuals across the nation who provide innovative employment opportunities for workers with disabilities, including workers with significant disabilities. Nominees will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their efforts to ensure that individuals with significant disabilities have a fair shot at succeeding in the workforce.
September 3, 2014
AAIDD 77th Annual Conference
Creating Entrepreneurship Options: Tools, Challenges and Opportunities 660 kb (PDF)
October 24, 2014, Providence, RI
Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities available
August 13, 2014
President Signs Autism CARES Act into Law
On Friday, August 8, President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, or Autism CARES Act of 2014, into law. Autism CARES, which reauthorizes the Combating Autism Act, continues important investments in research, prevalence monitoring and services for both children and adults on the autism spectrum.
August 6, 2014
Opening the Doors of Small Business
Small businesses create over 50 percent of the new jobs in the United States. This presents an outstanding opportunity for the employment of people with disabilities, yet it is often difficult to convince small businesses that disability employment can be tied to their success. A new EARN report by The Conference Board's Peter Linkow titled "Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success" tries to address the concerns that small business leaders have voiced about employing people with disabilities. It explores extensive research demonstrating that hiring people with disabilities can improve an organization's productivity, work quality, and more at little or no additional cost, while improving the workplace for all employees. Learn more about EARN.
Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities
National Disability Institute’s report, Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities – Findings from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2012 National Financial Capability Study, analyzed data from 1,363 of the more than 25,000 respondents to the National Financial Capability Study (NFCS) self-identifying as “permanently sick, disabled or unable to work.” While the report analyzes one segment of people with disabilities, the results provide an important lens on the financial capability of many Americans with disabilities. According to U.S. Census data, nearly one in three people with disabilities in the United States live in poverty, a figure nearly double the national poverty rate.
August 4, 2014
2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book available online
The 25th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's signature KIDS Count Data book is now available. Using an index of 16 indicators, the “2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book” ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. The report also examines trends since 1990 and highlights policies and practices that have improved child health and development over the years.
Rhode Island News Release
National and State News Releases
July 30, 2014
Webinar: Rising to the Occasion ADA, Olmstead & State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment
Published on Jul 22, 2014 by the LEAD Center
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:
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
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).
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Early Brain and Child Development: Making Connections
May 23, 2014
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
There is no cost to attend. Please R.S.V. P. by April 1 to received directions and a parking permit in advance.
Make it WORK: Encouraging, Supporting, and Managing Integrated Employment
- 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.
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
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.
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
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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