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

Sam and Mattie Make A Zombie Movie – ★★★★ https://upcomingonscreen.com/2021/04/07/sam-and-mattie-make-a-zombie-movie/ via @scotthgilliland

Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie (2021), directed by Robert Carnevale and Jesse Suchmann (@suchmann). Featuring @samandmattie, @farrellybros, @DJPaulyD, and Chucky puppeteer & fx legend Tony Gardner.

Out today on VOD. 🎥🪓🧟‍♂️

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PREORDER NOW TO HELP SAM AND MATTIE DEFEAT THE EVIL ALGORITHM🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽Rock on Go Wild!

Inspiring New Doc SAM & MATTIE MAKE A ZOMBIE MOVIE Hits April 6th https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/388227/inspiring-documentary-sam-mattie-make-a-zombie-movie-now-streaming-april-6th/

@RITransition knows who the best messenger is, a student self-advocate! Hear how to shift YOUR mindset from deficits to strengths, @KJF797 knows what the secret sauce is and how to help you be on the road to living an enviable life! @mitransitions @ASCENDGroup @ED_Sped_Rehab https://twitter.com/RITransition/status/1374346900061622277

RI Transition@RITransition

Over 600 virtual participants! 2021 Transition Student to Student! Our keynote Kevin Fortunato 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

My role as an Adult Ally is to support @KJF797 vision, providing many opportunities to practice self-determination, seeing him for his strengths! @TransitionTA @mitransitions @IMD_VDOE https://twitter.com/RITransition/status/1374350155592335362

RI Transition@RITransition

In celebration of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month & progress in advancing the employment of people with disabilities, we're highlighting Commissioner McDeid's blog on promising models like the Disability Employment TA Center. https://acl.gov/news-and-events/acl-blog/advancing-disability-employment-during-time-testing #DDawareness2021

#ATCNE is thrilled to announce that we are planning an EXHIBITOR PRESENTATION WEEK in May! And ATTENDANCE IS FREE! You can register for one day or all 4 days based on what topics you're interested in! More information available at https://www.assistivetechnologyconference.com/exhibitor-presentations/

Wow 600 participants! Congrats @RITransition on the success of this event & 4bringing the best youth leader @KJF797 - sharing the power of self-determination! Let's get SWDs attending their IEP mtg & prepare them to share their strengths! Or their @IMD_VDOE one-pager!! ❤️ This! https://twitter.com/RITransition/status/1374346900061622277

RI Transition@RITransition

Over 600 virtual participants! 2021 Transition Student to Student! Our keynote Kevin Fortunato 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Over 600 virtual participants! 2021 Transition Student to Student! Our keynote Kevin Fortunato 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Special Thanks to the The Ruderman Foundations for awarding our film the “Seal of Approval for Authentic Representation”
Past recipients: Peanut Butter Falcon, Ramy, Run, AMCs: Fear the walking dead!
#rockongowild #rudermanfoundation #authenticrepresentation #downsyndromerocks

By giving a chance to a person with Down syndrome, you give a chance to thousands.
Discover why with this song performed by one of the most iconic artist in the world: Sting. Do your part, start the Hiring Chain today.
#WDSD21 #WorldDownSyndromeDay #HiringChain @OfficialSting

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