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

One characteristic of extraordinary teachers is that they're not fazed by kids who challenge them; indeed, they welcome this. They're willing to reconsider what they've said, secure enough not to need to have the last word, & aware that arguing may help to sharpen kids' thinking.

Excited to be co-leading our awesome RI Team w/ @Riebate75 advocating 4 IDEA funding, strengthening the pipeline of special educators, and mental health matters! @davidcicilline #SELS2021 @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed @JimLangevin @ameyer1026 👏👏👏👏

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Last month, SkillsRI and Partnership for Rhode Island brought forth a logo design challenge to public high schools across Rhode Island. Over 50 students participated and students from Coventry High School as the design contest winners.

Congratulations and great work!

“While some of the most visible efforts to continue the fight focus on changing ableist habits and attitudes, the most harmful and persistent barriers disabled people face are still distinctly structural.” - @AndrewPulrang @Forbes https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2021/06/14/fighting-ableism-is-about-much-more-than-attitudes-and-awareness/?sh=1e18237a19c0

A wonderful celebration today for our EG students at West Bay Collaborative Transition Academy. Heartfelt words about each graduate and well-deserved recognition of personal growth. So proud! @RITransition @ameyer1026 #TransitionsMatter #BrightFutures

Families Of People With IDD Rebuild Frayed Ties As Pandemic Eases https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/05/25/families-idd-rebuild-frayed-ties-pandemic-eases/29353/

"The technology giant said that software updates coming later this year will include changes 'designed for people with mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive disabilities.’” https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2021/05/24/apple-launching-new-accessibility-features-for-those-with-disabilities/29351/

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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

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