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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.

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


Please note: Rhode Island's 2017 NO TALENT SHOW is being rescheduled. Please check back soon for details.


Just the Facts about your F.A.Q.s

This year's Statewide Meeting took place on Thursday, March 30th from 7:00-9:00pm at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. Thank you to the 225 plus people who joined us, and to the RI Department of BHDDH for sponsoring this important event!

The goal for this year's meeting was to share information about how the RI Developmental Disability system works.

Members of the Advocates in Action Leadership Series Class of 2017 shared a presentation they created entitled, "Just the Facts About Your F.A.Q.s". The hour-long presentation answered some of the most frequently asked questions that we have received about the RI DD service system.

In specific, "Just the Facts About Your F.A.Q.s" focused on 3 topics which we have received many questions about:

  1. Individual Service Plans and the Person Centered Planning Process
  2. Shared Living Arrangements
  3. The Support Intensity Scale and How to Make an Appeal

We will be posting a copy of "Just the Facts About Your F.A.Q.s" here on our website, along with photos from the 2017 Statewide Meeting, so please check back soon!

In the meantime, we are continuing to collect questions that people have about how the RI DD Service System works. Advocates in Action will be working with the Department of BHDDH to answer your questions. We will also be developing a variety of simple, clear and user-friendly materials to share additional information. We believe information is power, and hope that the resource tools we create will empower people who receive DD services to take charge of their own lives, and to help others speak-up.


Here is more information about our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS SURVEY:

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.

Thank you!


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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**


This Page was updated on:
April 18, 2017


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