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

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.
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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

Autism in the Workplace: Why Accommodations Need to Be Fluid | The Mighty https://themighty.com/2020/11/autism-workplace-accommodations/?utm_source=engagement_bar&utm_campaign=post_feed.story_card_full.mobile_fixed_engagement_bar&utm_medium=email

5 Models for Making the Most Out of Hybrid Learning http://www.spencerauthor.com/?p=63319 via @spencerideas
Great information!

We're just a week away from our 11th Annual Transition to Adulthood Week.

Get information to help your child transition to adulthood.

Find out more: https://ripin.org/11th-annual-transition-to-adulthood-conference/

11th Annual Transition to Adulthood Conference https://ripin.org/11th-annual-transition-to-adulthood-conference/

Yesterday, we released our latest report on #equity -- why it matters, and how we *must* include students, families + community to actually achieve equity in education.

Thank you Paige for leading a dynamic presentation and discussion!

#SCLChat #edchatRI @NellieMaeEdFdn

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📣 Have you heard our latest course announcement?

We have a student course launching soon: Get Ready for Your Career!

The lesson of the course are:⠀
🔸Finding a Career Begins with You!⠀
🔸Explore and Research⠀
🔸Explore Paths, Set Goals, and Plan⠀
🔸Prepare for Success⠀

Students have experienced collective trauma on a global scale throughout 2020. Our free Trauma-Sensitive Toolkit is designed to equip educators & mental health professionals with practical yoga & mindfulness tools to help address symptoms of trauma in children & teens.

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