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

Are you working on life skills with individuals you support?
RIMAC has a great kitchen skills kit! https://rimac.library.site/resources/detail/36744-36744_OPAC_v1_Coll-S_1a8c0f45-3d9a-4fbe-bd31-34ae23032628/1?facets=

Just learned abt #Tlap @burgessdave in this #podcast from @rechargedfamily 💯❤️ the quote 👇!
1) Build Capacity
2) Create spaces to practice #StudentLedIEP mtgs
3) Experiences live Forever!
Thanks 4 the savvy lead @KathiStephan_ https://podcasts.apple.com/by/podcast/dave-burgess-and-the-importance-of/id1574013845?i=1000575714313
@DCDT_CEC @RITransition

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One last #TransitionTip post on the theme of engaging families in transition planning!

Families play an important role in promoting self-advocacy in students with disabilities. Consider the following suggestions to further engage families in the transition planning process.

https://recruiting.paylocity.com/recruiting/jobs/Details/1278073/West-Bay-Collaborative/Director-of-Regional-Transition
Come join our transition team!!!

💯 "let them drive the IEP." ~ @leeannjung
Pls check out our @SIPInclusion The SpecialEDge newsletter - below is an article on #StudentLedIEP mtgs - Table of Contents Article #4. https://www.sipinclusion.org/2022/06/13/the-special-edge-newsletter-spring-2022/
@JSIiams @tn_transition @DCDT_CEC @RITransition @parentcenterhub @FACTOregon https://twitter.com/leeannjung/status/1561329848697716740

Lee Ann Jung, PhD @leeannjung

So many times we make guesses at what is going to work for a student when planning the IEP. Involve the student and ask them. Let them drive the IEP. #LeadInclusion. #SpedChat

We’re feeling extra optimistic after tonite! We welcomed the Class of 2026 with an impressive turnout of students, families, & mentors! We had quite the night- from DJ O, to the rock wall, the yummy food, & the fantastic representation of our student activities. #wwhswizardpride

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#Autonomy
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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.

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