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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.

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