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

"Its not enough to have good information, we Need #AdultAllies to bridge the information to the youth." ~Barb Ziemke #SelfDetermination #SelfAdvocacy @PACERCenter @SPANadvocacy @parentcenterhub @PEAKParent @VCU_CTI @RITransition @DisMentors @GAB__on @UnderstoodOrg @CSG_CAPEYouth

👀how cool! #VirtualWorkshop creating a virtual solar system. #learncoding This Saturday 11 am ET ! @DE_SCPD @LetsTalkLD @GAB__on @DisMentors @BroadFutures @parentcenterhub @DisabilityIN @melissacfreyre @OhioEngage @RITransition @DSEA1 @PICofDEL https://twitter.com/PACERCenter/status/1437849672014520324

PACER Center@PACERCenter

Tech for Teens Club is back this Saturday with Coding Virtual Reality! Visit http://PACER.org/workshops to register.

❤️Dr. @karlawade #TransitionGoals & Activities 4 #postsecondaryEducation preparation. This is an Extensive List (17pgs). Gr8 resource schools & families can work on! 1x informed, #transitionis a 24/7/365 process! @RITransition @parentcenterhub @PACERCenter @VCU_CTI @tn_transition https://twitter.com/TransitionTA/status/1438544458056978434

NTACT:C@TransitionTA

@thinkcollegeICI has created a resource with sample college-related goals that can be used in a student's IEP this year. Use the link below to access this resource.
https://bit.ly/3nsiueN

"Our young adults blossom when they are given a chance to lead and #selfadvocate!" ~ @melissacfreyre Pls continue 2 share ur students successes! We ❤️#studentledIEP mtgs! #positiveyouthdevelopment #selfdetermination #selfadvocacy #transitionplanning @DelawareDVR @RITransition https://twitter.com/melissacfreyre/status/862469815398793216

Melissa ℂ-Freyre@melissacfreyre

Our young adults blossom when they are given a chance to lead and self-advocate! Parents love seeing it too. #StudentLedIEP #ReddixStrong 2

#CareerShadowDay What a great opportunity to see if this is the career for you! #BTS #JobShadow - A good reason for why we do #transitionassessments ! #CareerDevelopment What's in your @DelawareDVR @DEPathways @DSEA1 @UDelCDS @RITransition https://twitter.com/UnitedWayLamar/status/1429874868212875269

United Way of Lamar@UnitedWayLamar

Thank you to Dr. Greg Green and staff for participating in Career Shadow Day and allowing PHS Junior Ava Tidwell to shadow you! #careerdevelopment
#LiveUnited 2

We are looking for young adults ages 18-26 to take part in our Youth Engagement Transition Initiative (YETI) aiming to engage youth in the leadership and advising of NTACT:C. Watch the video below to find out more info.
https://bit.ly/3yEI3fq

CODA will be “screened with open captions that need no special equipment in all U.S. and U.K. movie theaters and showtimes, starting Friday.” Awesome news! #CODA https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/coda-breaks-new-ground-deaf-movie-theater-goers-2021-08-08/

CHOOSE LOVE is always in full force at WWHS. Today we got to reinvigorate the great work we have started! We focused on how to fuse courage, compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude into every fiber of our school culture. Big things happen when you #chooselove #wwhswizardpride

Next Wednesday, August 18th, the WWPS admin team & faculty will be taking it to the streets and bringing WIZARDS INTO YOUR COMMUNITY!! We'll be doing a bus parade through the town to say hello to our K-12 students & families!

Sign up to learn more about the role of Occupational and Physical Therapy in high school transition programs! Kristen Kalemeris and Morgan Kane will present research and examples, and answer your questions on Monday, August 23rd! https://transitiontn.org/webcasts/

One characteristic of extraordinary teachers is that they're not fazed by kids who challenge them; indeed, they welcome this. They're willing to reconsider what they've said, secure enough not to need to have the last word, & aware that arguing may help to sharpen kids' thinking.

Excited to be co-leading our awesome RI Team w/ @Riebate75 advocating 4 IDEA funding, strengthening the pipeline of special educators, and mental health matters! @davidcicilline #SELS2021 @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed @JimLangevin @ameyer1026 👏👏👏👏

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Last month, SkillsRI and Partnership for Rhode Island brought forth a logo design challenge to public high schools across Rhode Island. Over 50 students participated and students from Coventry High School as the design contest winners.

Congratulations and great work!

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