Advocates in Action RI
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Advocates in Action Rhode Island is Rhode Island's Statewide Self-Advocacy organization with federal 501(c)3 non-profit status. Click here to find out more about who we are and what we do.

There are some exciting changes taking place here in our state as the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Service System moves forward with Person-Centered Planning and what that means!

Person-Centered Planning is more than just your Individual Service Plan. A Person-Centered Planning Process can help you reach the goals that matter most to you, and help you live the life you want.

Join us for a Conversation about Person-Centered Thinking, Planning and Support



Monday, June 26th, 1:00 - 3:00pm


Tuesday, June 27th, 6:00 - 8:00pm


Advocates in Action RI
662 Hartford Avenue
Providence RI

Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. Click here to RSVP if you would like to attend, or to send us an email with any questions or accommodation requests.

Click here to download the flyer for additional information.

Remember: The “Person” in the Center is YOU!

Hosted by Advocates in Action RI, in collaboration with the RI Department of BHDDH and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities


What do you want to know about the RI Developmental Disabilities Service System?

Advocates in Action is collecting questions and consulting with the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to find the answers. We will post regular updates with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions here on our website.

** NOTE: You do not have to include any personal contact information when you send us your questions. If you chose to include your name or contact information, we will not share this information with others. **

We believe that information is power, but we need your help! Please take a moment to send us your questions using this quick and easy survey form:


If the form doesn't work for you, cick here to open the survey in a new tab.

You can print a PDF copy of the survey and send us your questions in the mail. Click here to download the survey form.

Let us know what you want to know.

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News you can use
from Advocates in Action RI
Rhode Island's Statewide Self-Advocacy Organization

april 2017 News You Can Use CLICK HERE to download our News You Can Use, April 2017 edition


speak up, make decisions, plan your future, know your rights, be responsible, learn about government, get out and vote, be a team player, become a leader!

The Leadership Series

Advocates in Action RI developed the Leadership Series to help people learn how to speak up for themselves and others, be in charge of their own lives, and raise disability awareness in the community. Some of the topics that we will be discussing over the next 9 months include the following:

  • Current Issues Related to Services for Rhode Islanders Who Have a Developmental Disability
  • Exercising Your Right to Vote
  • How Government Works
  • Individualized Choice and Informed Decisions
  • Personal Introduction Skills and Qualities of an Effective Leader
  • Segregation and Community Integration
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Person Centered Planning Process
  • … and More!





PCP: Volume 1, short for "People Coloring Pictures", is an adult coloring book that includes artwork and ideas from members of the Advocates in Action RI Leadership Series. Class members drew these pictures as we discussed topics such as Self-Advocacy, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Informed Decisions and Choice, “Home Sweet Home”, Real Jobs and Community Integration. These topics, and others, are all part of something called Person Centered Planning.

We created this book as a fun way and comfortable way to have conversations about Person Centered Plannning and other important issues. We hope you enjoy it!

Advocates in Action is in the process of creating additional materials about Person Centered Planning, including "PCP: Volume 2"! We will also be offering various opportunities to learn more about Person Centered Planning and related topics in the months to come.

In the meantime, feel free to click on the link below to download a copy of PCP: Volume 1, get out your art supplies, and get ready to color!

this is the cover page of the coloring book available for download. It is a black and white drawings: heart speaking into microphone, rainbow with words "goals, dreams, my future, newpaper ad magnifying "jobs", thumbs up with word "repsect", home with heart in window,  person who uses wheelchair in center of circle with words "go for your goals", erasure with words "for really big mistakes", words: this is YOUR life! scales of justics with word "It's the Law"

Title: PCP: Volume 1" has a Person with question marks over their head

"PCP Volume 1" - Download Your Copy Here!


Click here to send us your questions about the Service System for Rhode Islanders who have a developmental disability. While Advocates in Action RI does not provide counseling or advocacy services, we will be setting up an area on our website to share the answers that we find, along with additional resources and information.

Our September What's the Buzz was about ways to Support Self-Advocacy. Check back soon for highlights from that conversation, along with topics and future dates!


Also, check out these awesome songs about ending the R-Word from members of our 2016 Leadership Series Class:

Congratulations to the 2016 LEADERSHIP SERIES CLASS Graduates!

Amanda Cambell
Natalie Bacon
Luke Brissette
Amy Ethier
Melissa Coite
Michael Jendzejec
Denise Layfield
Gina Macris
Meghan O’Leary
Jim Petrone
Michael Smith
Anitra Valles

Nothing About Us Without Us

Click here to read or download the first edition of our new publication, "Nothing About Without Us: RI Self-Advocacy News You Can Use". The newsletter is in PDF format.

New to Self-Advocacy? Check out our "SA Pokey" music video to find out what it's all about:


Think First - Names Hurt!

CLICK HERE to view and download our PowerPoint Show "About that R-Word"

**You need to have an internet connection to watch the video clips that are embedded in the PowerPoint**


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June 13, 2017


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