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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
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

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

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