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 series is being recorded. To register, go to http://drri.org for Supported Decision Making. Next session focuses on ORS. https://youtu.be/nOgfKmz9PPg

NTACT:C's website hosts resources to support improved outcomes for all students and youth with disabilities. Use the link below to read "Decreasing Dropout Rates for Minority Male Youth with Disabilities from Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Backgrounds"
https://bit.ly/3mVVLHv

Finally can in the mail! Can’t wait to read it this long overdue examination of BRI / Judge Rotenberg Center. How can this STILL be happening? 🤬

Congratulations to SHOWCASE Cinemas High School Team of the Week: Prout Girls Volleyball
LISTEN for the announcement about the Crusaders on @Hot106, @92profm & @Lite105Radio
#ShowcaseTOW
Nominate a team at: http://riil.org/page/3309
@ShowcaseUS

Communication difficulties, such as the inability to communicate effectively and appropriately with others, can be accommodated in various ways. Read Communication Difficulties in the Workplace - https://AskJAN.org/articles/Communication-Difficulties-in-the-Workplace.cfm

Beautiful 3 min video sharing the #employmentsuccess of a #ProjectSearchIntern - Btw gaining #employment & obtaining his #driversLicense, no goal is out of reach. Thx for sharing @RITransition 👊@DelawareDVR @DE_SCPD @DEDeptofEd @wibpdd @TransitionDisc1 @parentcenterhub @VCU_CTI https://twitter.com/RITransition/status/1454073176460255249

RI Transition@RITransition

DHS’ ORS is Changing Lives Through Project Search https://youtu.be/WR0_HE3MGUw via @YouTube

Yes @BrookesPubCo ! #studentled #IEP mtgs also increases student engagement in their own learning! This will impact IDEA Indicators 1 & 2. We ♥️ this #BestPractice #Transitionmindset starts on Day 1! #selfdetermination @RITransition @melissacfreyre @MindShiftKQED https://twitter.com/BrookesPubCo/status/1454176219205881859

Brookes Publishing@BrookesPubCo

6 reasons to involve students with disabilities in their own transition planning.

#FreeOfChoice means developing #SelfDetermination everyday! #choicemaking is a gr8 place 2 practice from Day 1 because of @RITransition tweet 👇 "What if someone else made a different choice for you - how would you feel?" Reminds me of the quote from @DerekNord_ @NationalAPSE https://twitter.com/RITransition/status/1455898586990977025

RI Transition@RITransition

#FREEDOMOFCHOICE Where is control important to you?

#SelfDetermination & #transitionmindset is a Pre-K-12th continuum of #highexpectations! @DerekNord_ shares why we need 2 develop #selfadvocacy skills in our kids! R #CapacityBuilding is Job 1! 👊💯 @RITransition @PodcastBorn @VCU_CTI @Patrykschw1 @AllisonLombardi @NationalAPSE https://twitter.com/RITransition/status/1455898586990977025

RI Transition@RITransition

#FREEDOMOFCHOICE Where is control important to you?

❤️❤️❤️❤️#TransitionEducators in #netRI receiving PD on #personcentered THINKING! How lucky are their students, families & colleagues! #BarRaisedHigh #ChangingLifeTrajectories #FREEDOM #Transition is the best part of #IDEA! @melissacfreyre @parentcenterhub @IELconnects @RIPIN_RI https://twitter.com/RITransition/status/1455878120205127691

RI Transition@RITransition

Person Centered THINKING with TLS educators and @sherlockcenter @RITransition @EllenRita220

Finally can in the mail! Can’t wait to read it this long overdue examination of BRI / Judge Rotenberg Center. How can this STILL be happening? 🤬

HAPPY to have our #smallbusiness featured here! Connect to the blog from our friends at Milestone Centers for people with Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Health Challenges (to see more of Emily) and Share the LOVE – You Feel It, You Sign It #ASL https://blog.hcqu.org/2021/11/03/love-you-feel-it-you-sign-#

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