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

Watch Forget Me Not: Inclusion in the Classroom on Tubi: https://tubitv.com/movies/697442/forget-me-not-inclusion-in-the-classroom?utm_campaign=web-sharing

We are so excited to host an Open House showcasing the Transition Programs in @pvdschools! Join us on Thursday, January 19th, for this special event! #explorepossibilities #accessforall #transition

Take a flight over Providence, #RhodeIsland last night as city life zips by below in this aerial timelapse. I recommend viewing on the largest screen you have!

Read this newsletter from the University of Minnesota Institute on Community Integration - 2 articles that caught our eye
* Dismantling Myths for #Employment for Indivs w/Disabilities
* #Transition to #Employment for Ryan in #netRI https://ici.umn.edu/news/the-new-frontline-initiative-supported-employment
@RITransition @RIPIN_RI

Choose Significance 👇Preparing students for their own #IEP mtg is a perfect in-school activity that can increase their potential for #PostSecondary success!
Choose #StudentLed IEP mtgs
Choose #Adding Value to Others
Choose #PositiveYouthDevelopment
@ritransition @SETransition

We’ve had an incredible day at our Middle School #Transition Fair! Students learned about transportation, budgets, first aid, safety, career & technical opportunities in high school, and so much more! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen! #ppsdtransition #accessforall

@TransitionsACR 1/2 Preparing for your #IEP! Look at these infocomics frm @TransitionsACR 🎯
Getting students to discover & take stock of their #Talents #Strengths #Passions
https://www.umassmed.edu/TransitionsACR/publication/comic/2022/09/tea-on-ieps-part-2/
@SEtransition @CHADD_ADHD @CECMembership @Diverse_Edu @VCU_CTI @LetsTalkLD @PTHVP @ritransition

Teaching my 12 yo son (with Autism, Intellectual Disability, nonverbal) how to shop. Big thanks to Back to Basics in EG for a quiet & patient environment to learn ❤️

#RITransition @AllisonLombardi @ppsdtransition CC4T Transition mid year Check & Connect @UConnNeag integrating SEL 👏🏻

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Excited for a day of learning and planning with the @pvdschools Special Ed Team for next steps for #PPSDTransition! #explorepossibilities #transition #accessforall

The audience at the Opening General Session, "Breaking Barriers to Inclusion through Policy, Media, and Transformative Philanthropy", with Nikki Brown-Booker, Kristin Gilger and Jennifer Longdon. https://sched.co/z6u8 #2022TASHconf

It is with great sadness we announce that Hale Zukas has passed away. Hale Zukas was one of the founders of the Center for Independent Living. He was a Rolling Quads member and worked on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

@prisma_group_ @PerspectivesRI @TechACCESSRI @RITransition @TrudeauCenter @TheArcRI @GrodenNetwork @EasterSealsRI @RIadvocates6220 @LPRRI @rilpac @CSemonelli @TinaSpearsRI @GregoryGrecoRI @CPNRI @TedNesi @TheRhodeShow @PLEERI @RIKidsCount @GovDanMcKee

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