Rhode Island Employment First

R.I. Employment First’s Mission

Rhode Island Employment First was founded on the beliefs that everyone can work and everyone has the right to earn a living wage at a job that fits their talents, skills, and interests. We want all people – regardless of ability – to be able to achieve their personal dreams of success and earn the respect they deserve.

RIDE Employment First Policy

Rhode Island Consent Decree

Why Employment First Matters

  • We enhance lives by creating greater opportunities for all people to advance their careers

  • We help individuals use their strengths and talents in order to increase their economic wealth

  • We help people gain a sense of accomplishment and create their own social identity

  • We help the community benefit from community employment by providing diversity and enrichment to the community

  • We promote equal opportunity within the community and decrease dependency on public funding

R.I. Employment First Partners

The Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals (BHDDH)

The Department of Behavioral Health, Development Disabilities, and Hospitals has been established to serve Rhode Islanders who live with mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or a developmental disability by maintaining a system of high quality, safe, affordable, and coordinated care across the spectrum of behavioral health care services. To promote the health, safety, and well-being of all Rhode Islanders by developing policies and programs that address the issues of mental illness, addiction, recovery, and community support.

http://www.bhddh.ri.gov/

Office of Rehabilitation Services

The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a mission “To empower individuals with disabilities to choose, prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and integration into society.”

The Office of Rehabilitation Services has a strong commitment to assist students with disabilities with transition planning to adult life. ORS Counselors work with all school districts, families, and students to prepare for job training, career development, and employment opportunities after high school. ORS Counselors provide technical assistance, consultation, information, and referral services to school systems and work in close partnership with the 5 Regional Educational Collaboratives, netWORKri, and other agencies to improve transition planning.

http://www.ors.ri.gov/

Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN)

RIPIN’s mission is to assist individuals, parents, families, and children to achieve their goals for health, education, and socio-economic well-being by providing information, training, education, support, and advocacy for person/family-centered care and system change.

RIPIN is a 501(c)(3), charitable, nonprofit organization established in 1991 by a passionate group of parents of children with special needs. These parents recognized that together they could provide support through sharing essential information and helping to find the resources they needed for their loved ones. This peer model continues to be at the heart of our work and has lead RIPIN’s network to expand statewide. Today we have over 100 employees, most of whom have personal experience caring for a loved one with special health care or educational needs.

www.ripin.org

R.I. Secondary  Transition & Employment First Twitter Feed

Thank you to the ENTIRE @RISenate for its support of long-term rate reform for providers of services to people with disabilities.

This legislation is gaining bipartisan support because it impacts thousands of Rhode Islanders.

Let’s pass S2311 this session.

Did you know that Dan and Samuel Habib are producing a new film called My Disability Roadmap? And did you know that they are partnering with MCIE to hold a virtual screening and discussion of this film? Join us on May 26 at 3 pm ET: https://tiny.one/MyDisabilityRoadmap

Enjoyed this interview btw Drs. Sharon Field & Mike Ward on @2BSDonline - Look at the impact when everyone advocates! #StudentLedIEP mtgs is🎯! @AllisonLombardi @VCU_CTI @nelliet11 @ED_Sped_Rehab @JSIiams @ncldorg @OhioEngage @RITransition @tn_transition
https://www.beselfdetermined.com/blog/thinking/an-interview-with-dr-michael-ward/

Thank you to our Regional Transition Coordinator, Kerri Collins for her great work with our awesome Secondary Special Educators yesterday! Lots of great resources and feedback! @RITransition @ameyer1026 @EGPSAsstSuper @KenHopkinsJr @dtober9

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/1095782/West-Bay-Collaborative/Coordinator-of-Adult-Service-Programming

What a way to end spirit week! WWHS has about 1,250 people in it on a daily basis (students & staff combined). Imagine spending 180 days a year in a building that’s such a fantastic place to be, even on the hard days?!? Today was a good day! (Even if the seniors wore purple 🤷🏻‍♀️)

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A great job coach can make a difference for people with disabilities seeking employment! Our leader Laura Owens just spoke in a webinar, Job Coaching 101: A Toolkit for New Coaches by the Hawaii Department of Education, for Educational Assistants & Behavioral Therapists.

Thx for the RT @RITransition. We ❤️ what @AbbyHughesSPED wrote too about how this tool leads to empowering conversations btw #childrenwithdisabilities and their #families! Families could be resources in transition planning too! Its not who you know, but who knows you! Thx again!

Why I feel things are looking up, by @think_inclusive https://weeklyish.substack.com/p/hope-looking-up?r=yu4rv&s=r&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

Building Meaningful Relationships is at the Heart of Teaching Students with Disabilities http://blog.betterlesson.com/building-meaningful-relationships-is-at-the-heart-of-teaching-students-with-disabilities

Creating Meaningful Connections For Healthy Relationships https://www.meetmindful.com/meaningful-connection-key-to-healthy-relationships/

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