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

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Family engagement is only effective when *both* educators/staff and families have the requisite skills to collaborate - the "4 Cs". Learn more at BRIDGE-RI (the Home of MTSS in RI) https://bit.ly/3eBjlny @RIPIN_RI

TASH's four part workshop series, "Increasing Communication Access and Improving Communication Support", starts tomorrow with workshop 1: "Communication Access: Understanding Where to Start and Taking the First Step". Learn more & register here: https://tash.org/2021-Communication-Workshop

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Join TASH's four-part workshop series, "Increasing Communication Access and Improving Communication Support", Thursdays, May 13 – June 3. Learn more and register here: https://tash.org/2021-Communication-Workshop

2 R.I. doctors are trying to fill a plane with supplies for India. Here’s how you can help https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/10/metro/2-ri-doctors-are-trying-fill-plane-with-supplies-india-heres-how-you-can-help/?event=event25 via @BostonGlobe

We regret to inform you that Lou Brown, one of TASH’s co-founders, passed away on May 1, 2021. We mourn his loss, we are grateful for his vision and we honor his legacy by continuing to fight for equity, opportunity, and inclusion. https://tash.org/remembering-lou-brown/

The Regional Transition Centers are offering a 2021 College Planning Forum Virtual Series. We are offering three sessions for Students, Parents, families and any supporter interested in information to assist youth with support needs in their transition from high school.

4/28 Webcast: 𝗔𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻 𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘇𝗲𝗱 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 - Register: https://drrp.vcurrtc.org/training/webcasts/webcastDetails.cfm/524

The Regional Transition Centers are offering a 2021 College Planning Forum Virtual Series. We are offering three sessions for Students, Parents, families and any supporter interested in information to assist youth with support needs in their transition from high school.

If you love movies and stories about the making of movies, you need to watch “Sam & Mattie Make a Zombie Movie.” Funny, touching, inspiring.....just plain amazing. Definitely not a bomb! Love this documentary!!! @samandmattie

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