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

FREE MAPS training 1/29 9-10:30 CST. Hosted by Midwest Inclusive PSE Alliance. PSE programs-this one's for you (K-12 folks are welcome, too) Register today! https://bit.ly/3oJpxOb Questions? Interested in hosting your own training? Email us transitionmaps@gmail.com
#LetsMAP

Hybrid teaching (in-person and virtual at the same time) is like one of those shows where mid speech the actor talks directly to the camera to make sure everyone at home is following along.

Registration is closing soon for the #ATCNE Session: Tele-engagement for Individuals Using AAC, being held on January 18, 2021 – 2:00pm-5:00pm (EST). Visit the ATCNE website for more information and to register! https://www.assistivetechnologyconference.com/2020-presentations/

Meet InReturn Strategies, a start-up intent on unlocking the value of America’s disabled workforce https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/01/05/inreturn-strategies-inclusion-disability/?tid=ss_tw

Here are a few goals to choose from for people with disabilities interested in committing to some useful self-improvement in the new year. Here are five ideas to consider:

https://bit.ly/2XloLuO

A new app allows teachers to use their iPhone or iPad as an overhead camera on Zoom https://www.theverge.com/2021/1/6/22217200/overviewer-app-teachers-overhead-camera-iphone-zoom

"In order to improve working conditions for the disabled community, employers must begin 2021 with a plan for improving and creating more diverse and accessible workplaces."
https://bit.ly/3536vui

Meet #EllieGoldstein, the cover star for Allure's The Beauty of Accessibility series. At just 18, she's modeled in many campaigns, most notably for #GucciBeauty L'Obscur mascara. Read about her journey and where she sees herself in 10 years: https://www.allure.com/story/ellie-goldstein-model-cover-interview

This collection is going to enable historians and scholars to document the shift from a time when people with disabilities were seen as objects of charity needing medical supervision to people who were taking control of decisions affecting their own lives.
https://bit.ly/3euWlpZ

We're back with day 3 of the Conference!

Watch today's Q&A at 3:00pm about community participation.

On-demand webinars
Pathways to Adult Services Part 2: https://youtu.be/QYpZ_pfM68I
ABLE Act and Able Accounts: https://youtu.be/5cfFFLqYwMM

For more information: https://ripin.org/11th-annual-transition-to-adulthood-conference/

Shifting to #RemoteLearning has posed additional challenges for #K12 students with disabilities. Assistive technology can help teachers help these students. via @EdTech_K12 https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/11/how-assistive-technology-supporting-students-through-pandemic

A beautiful testament to the power of perseverance, having a vision, and focusing on what people with disabilities CAN do.

Chris Nikic, You Are an Ironman. And Your Journey Is Remarkable. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/16/sports/ironman-triathlon-down-syndrome.html?smid=tw-share

3 Models Underlying Assumptions About Disability | Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/disability-is-diversity/202011/3-models-underlying-assumptions-about-disability

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