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Accessible Rhode island

The Accessible Rhode Island website currently lists over 1,000 venues throughout RI, highlighting the accessibility features that make it easy for people with disabilities, and indeed all, to search out and enjoy the wealth of activities in the Ocean State.

Secretary of State's Office

An excellent source of voter information.

Department of Education: Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities

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Rhode Island has a long and proud history of ensuring that people with disabilities of all ages are provided with the support, care, and treatment they need. This has been particularly true for pre-school and school-aged children with disabilities. Rhode Island has had comprehensive and effective special educational programs and services for many years.

DLT Labor Market Information

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Labor Market Information tailored to your needs as a jobseeker. What jobs are in demand? What jobs are drying up? How much does this job pay? Which industries are expanding or declining?

netWORKri

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netWORKri is Rhode Island's One-Stop Career Center System. It is a partnership of professional labor, training, and education organizations. There are six netWORKri Centers conveniently located throughout the state where jobseekers and employers are matched through quality employment programs and services. Whether you are a jobseeker looking for just the right job or an employer looking for qualified employees we have all the resources to make it easy for you… all at no cost!

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

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The goal of the Office of Rehabilitation Services is to assist persons with disabilities to become employed and to live independently in the community. In order to achieve this goal, we work in partnership with the State Rehabilitation Council, RI Council on Assistive Technology, Governor's Advisory Council for the Blind & Visually Impaired, netWORKri, State Independent Living Council, and our customers, staff and community.

Ticket to Work

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The Ticket to Work (referred to as the Ticket) is a new Social Security Program designed to give an individual with a disability, aged 18 to 64, who receive SSDI and/or SSI greater choice in getting the services they need to earn enough money from working so they will no longer need Social Security cash benefits.

Education Links

DEAF LINX

Resources and Guides for the Deaf Community

Youth Service Providers

Mission Statement:

Workforce Partnership of Greater RI is to provide strategic leadership to meet the current and future human resource needs of Rhode Island's employers and to ensure a well-trained, self-sufficient and adaptable workforce. Programs and Services include needs assessment, goal-setting, grant writing assistance, and information & referrals to alternate resources for companies and business consortia.

Advocacy & Legal

Commission on Disabilities

Mission Statement:

The Commission's objective is to ensure that all people with disabilities are afforded the opportunities to exercise all the rights and responsibilities accorded to citizens of this state and each person with a disability is able to reach his/her maximum potential in independence, human development, productivity and self-sufficiency.

Court Access for Individuals with Disabilities

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The Rhode Island Judiciary is committed to providing equal access to all services, programs, and proceedings in a manner that includes individuals with disabilities as much as possible, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other laws.

RI Disability Law Center

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Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC) provides free legal assistance to persons with disabilities. Services include individual representation to protect rights or to secure benefits and services; self-help information; educational programs; and administrative…

Job Accommodations

RI Relay

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RI Relay is a statewide relay service with the assistance of the Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and includes relay service from deaf/hard of hearing caller to voice caller or from voice caller to deaf/hard of hearing caller and Internet Protocol (IP) and Video Relay Services.

RI Sign Language Interpreter Referral Service

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The RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RI CDHH) provides direct services in its operation of sign language interpreter referral services throughout the State of Rhode Island.

Assistive Technology

RI Technical Assistance Project (RITAP)

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RITAP is a collaborative effort of the Rhode Island Department of Education, Office of Special Needs and Rhode Island College. It provides practitioners, parents, and policymakers with the knowledge and resources necessary to increase their capacity to provide comprehensive and coordinated services to all children including those with disabilities that result in improved educational performance and enhanced life-long outcomes.

TechAccess of Rhode Island

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TechACCESS of RI is a private, not for profit resource center that serves people with disabilities who are interested in assistive technology. Assistive Technology is any device which helps a person with a disability function better at home, work, school, or in the community. Information and Referral Services regarding assistive technology are available anytime by calling the Center.

Talking Books Plus

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Talking Books Plus is the Rhode Island Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and functions as a public library for eligible persons with disabilities who reside in Rhode Island. It is part of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress. Talking Books Plus is administered by the Office of Library and Information Services (OLIS), which is dedicated to providing equal access to library services and information for all Rhode Island citizens.

Transportation

RIPTA and Ride Paratransit Program

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RIPTA is dedicated to providing top-quality transportation services to all of our customers. That's why we've developed several programs to ensure that transit service is affordable and meets your travel needs. Here you'll find information on all of RIPTA's transit programs, special features, and seasonal services.

Independent Living

Ocean State Independent Living Center

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Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) is a consumer controlled, community based, nonprofit organization established to provide a range of independent living services to enhance, through self direction, the quality of life of Rhode Islanders with significant disability and to promote integration into the community.

Housing

Housing Resources

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The Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless is organized to promote and preserve the dignity and quality of life for men, women, and children by pursuing comprehensive and cooperative solutions to the problems of housing and homelessness. Lists affordable housing in RI.

HUD

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Find information on HUD homes for sale, HUD homebuying programs and subsidized apartment rental searches in Rhode Island.

RI Housing

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As the state's principal housing agency, we help low- and moderate-income Rhode Islanders find houses and apartments they can afford. Get a low-interest loan to buy a house. Find an apartment you can afford. Get money to repair your home or remove hazardous material such as lead paint and asbestos. We even help developers build affordable apartments.

RI Housing Network

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The Housing Network of Rhode Island exists to provide a forum for communication and resource-sharing among non-profit housing developers and others who support their goals to facilitate the development and preservation of affordable housing by non-profits.

Disability Agencies

Aging and Disabilities Resource Center

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The Rhode Island website for elders and people with disabilities.

Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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To provide innovative leadership in public policy, advocacy, service delivery and accessibility throughout the Ocean State, RI CDHH ensures opportunities for each deaf and hard of hearing person to become an empowered, contributing citizen.

Department of Health

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Promote the health and wellness of Rhode Islanders with disabilities, prevent secondary conditions resulting from disabilities and chronic health issues and to assure that health care and related services are accessible to all persons with disabilities.

Department of Human Services

Mission Statement:

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services' mission is to provide a full continuum of quality services to those Rhode Islanders in need including children, adults, families, the disabled, the elderly and our state's veterans. The Department is a full-service agency offering a broad spectrum of high quality programs, services and benefits to help promote family and individual self-sufficiency and economic independence by maximizing opportunity and potential.

Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals

Mission Statement:

The mission of BHDDH is to fulfill its statutory responsibilities to fund, plan, design, develop, administer and coordinate a system of services for identified citizens of Rhode Island with specific disabilities. BHDDH is dedicated to achieving the best possible results for its consumers and the taxpayers of Rhode Island within its legislated, annual budget.

Developmental Disabilities Council

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The Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council promotes ideas that will enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Under our federal enabling legislation we must stay abreast of and share information about new programs and services and important issues, trends and ideas that are of concern to people with developmental disabilities, families, service agencies, business and community leaders, legislators and policy makers. In this sense our web site connects people with the information they need to make positive changes in their lives or to develop a frame of reference for decision making.

Disability Determination Process

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Determines the medical eligibility of children and adult who are Rhode Island Residents with disabilities and are applying for cash benefits via Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)(Title II) and/or the Supplementary Security Income (SSI)(Title XVI). Although the DDS is fully funded by the Federal Government, the state agency is responsible for developing medical evidence and determining whether the claimant is or is not disabled or blind under the law.

Disability & Health

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The Division of Family Health strives to preserve, protect and promote the health and development of all children, youth and their families with a goal of reducing and preventing diseases and disabilities.

Governor's Advisory Council for the Blind

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Governor's Advisory Council for the Blind duties include: advising the Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired regarding the programs provided by the agency, continuing to participate in a working relationship with the State Rehabilitation Council and the Statewide Independent Living Council, providing oversight responsibility to the Independent Living Program for the Elderly Blind, and for the operation of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Rehabilitation Council

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The Rehabilitation Council will work with ORS to assure that all Rhode Islanders with disabilities are able to obtain and keep meaningful and satisfying employment.

RI Council on Assistive Technology

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RICAT is actively involved in legislative and other initiatives that will increase access to assistive technology for Rhode Islanders. Assistive technology is any tool, equipment or service designed to help you develop, maintain, or improve your ability to function in all aspects of your life. Assistive technology helps people of all ages who may have a broad range of disabilities or limitations.

RI Council of Community Mental Health Organizations

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The Rhode Island Council of Community Mental Health Organizations (RICCMHO) is a responsive resource comprised of eight private, non-profit community mental health organizations in Rhode Island. Established in 1979, the Council is an effective conduit through which member organizations channel their collective expertise to form a united voice of public advocacy for all persons with mental illness.

State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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The purpose of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to provide eligible individuals with visual impairments the opportunities and support that will enable them to become independent, active, self-sustaining members of their community.

Recreation

Access to Adventure

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Access to Adventure's goal is to improve the quality of life for persons with physical disabilities in southern New England thorough sports, recreation and adventure travel.

Challenge Cycling

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Take a look at Challenge Cycling's schedule of cycling trips. Find information on handcycling rentals, special interests, and recommended cycle shops.

Shake-a-Leg

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Shake-A-Leg's Mission is to provide traditional and complimentary therapeutic services that facilitate the development of independent living skills for individuals from all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds who have experienced spinal cord injury and related central nervous system dysfunction.

Special Olympics

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Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

UCP Adaptive Arts Program

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Adaptive arts provide a special freedom of expression & creativity for people with disabilities. In some cases, this form of independence is the only means by which the feelings of those with cognitive and physical challenges may be expressed. Adaptive Artists utilize special devices and physical therapies to overcome their challenges. Often artists of true talent, even genius, are discovered!

VSA Arts of RI

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VSA arts of Rhode Island creates high quality programs in the literary, performing, and visual arts for inclusive audiences throughout the state. Through its collaborations with partners from the arts, cultural, disability, and educational communities, VSA arts of Rhode Island increases public awareness of the creative talents of people with disabilities, integrating their achievements into Rhode Island's mainstream community to provide cultural experiences for all.

Advocacy in Action

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Advocacy in Action is Rhode Island's statewide self-advocacy organization. Self-Advocacy is an organized, international movement in which people who have a developmental disability, along with families and friends, Speak-up, Become Leaders, Work Together and Make a Difference on issues that are important to them.

Aids Project RI

Mission Statement:

AIDS Project Rhode Island is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a non-judgmental safe environment where people affected by HIV can access resources to make informed decisions regarding their quality of life, and to stop the transmission of HIV through advocacy, prevention, and education programs.

ALS Association RI Chapter

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Once ALS is diagnosed the patient and family face a multitude of physical, emotional and financial needs. To provide assistance through their ALS journey, the Rhode Island Chapter of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association provides patient services and support.

Autism Project of RI

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The Autism Project of Rhode Island provides the information educators, parents and professionals need to help our kids maximize their potential and become interesting, participating members of society.

Blackstone Valley Chapter ARC

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The Arc of Blackstone Valley is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1955 to provide services and supports to persons with mental retardation and their families. Our business is helping people learn… we teach skills to persons with mental retardation and related disabilities and provide opportunities for the use of those skills in the community.

Brain Injury Association of RI

Mission Statement:

To prevent brain injury and to enhance the lives of those affected by brain injury.

Cancer Council

Mission Statement:

The Rhode Island Cancer Council is a State supported community program whose mission is to help lower cancer's toll in our State. We have helped thousands of Rhode Islanders to find resources vital to deal with their cancer, learn what can be done to prevent cancer and ways to detect it early. The Rhode Island Cancer Council achieves its mission by providing programs in Public Education, Professional Education, and Public Information.

Children & Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a national non-profit organization representing individuals with AD/HD, for education, advocacy and support. The organization is composed of dedicated volunteers providing resources and encouragement to parents, educators and professionals on a grassroots level.

Corliss Community

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The mission of the Corliss Institute is to provide social and rehabilitative services to deaf persons with diverse disabilities in a manner which empowers them to live, learn, and work successfully as integrated members of the community.

Down Syndrome Society of RI

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The Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island (DSSRI) is dedicated to promoting the rights, dignity and potential of all individuals with Down Syndrome through advocacy, education, public awareness, and support. We offer quarterly membership meetings (open to the public), quarterly newsletters, a lending library, public awareness activities and conferences as well as support and personal assistance on educational and medical issues.

Epilepsy Foundation of Mass. and RI

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The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through research, education, advocacy and services.

Family Voices

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Family Voices at the Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) works to effect systems change for families of children and youth with special health care needs in our state. We partner with many state and community agencies, family organizations, Medicaid and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island to support smooth transitions to managed care for children with special health care needs.

Kent County ARC

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Kent County ARC's mission is to promote an enhanced quality of life, social integration, and support for individuals of all ages affected by mental retardation and other developmental disabilities. KC ARC works to empower communities and individuals to promote wellness through prevention which includes: public awareness, education, public policy, and research.

National Alliance for Mental IllNESS of RI

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NAMI-RI is an independent organization which provides support to people with mental illness and their friends or family members. It also educates professionals and the public about mental illness, and advocates for improved services for all people with mental illness.

Mental Health Association of Rhode Island

The mission of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island is to promote mental health, prevent mental illness, and improve mental health services through advocacy, education, and research. The goal is to make mental health care achievable, affordable, and accessible for all Rhode Islanders.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, RI Chapter

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The mission of the National MS Society is to end the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis. The Rhode Island chapter provides services and programs to approximately 21,000 people affected by MS throughout Rhode Island.

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is to promote the community membership of individuals with disabilities in school, work and society.

RI Parent Information Network

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The Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN) is a statewide, nonprofit agency that provides information, training, support and advocacy to parents seeking help for their children. RIPIN is the home of five projects that are made up of 11 programs and services for families with children in RI, including families of children with special needs.

United Cerebral Palsy of RI

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UCP of RI's goals include… Recognizing the value of people's contributions and potential; Encouraging their expanding possibilities and exploration of choices; Focusing on individual needs, wants, dreams and Enriching lives through creatively encouraging meaningful community involvement.