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Advocates in Action Rhode Island is an independent, statewide, non-profit Self-Advocacy organization. AinA was created by a coaltion of Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities to educate and empower others who also have that label. DD so that they can speak up for themselves and others. Remember, "nothing about us without us", because together we can make a difference!


Join us for Rhode Island's 2017 Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting!

Just the Facts about your F.A.Q.s

Thursday, March 30th from 7:00-9:00pm at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick

What's happening at the 2017 Statewide Meeting?

Advocates in Action RI is collecting questions about how the RI Developmental Disabilities Service System works and Members of the Leadership Series Class of 2017 are finding the answers!

Join us at this year's meeting to hear Leadership Series members share what they've learned through a fun and interactive presentation called "Just the Facts About Your F.A.Q.s"

When is it?

Thursday, March 30th, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm (Doors will open at 6:45pm)

Where is it?

The Crowne Plaza, Grand Ballroom, 801 Greenwich Ave, Warwick

How much does it cost?

Admission is free, but space is limited!

What to do if you want to attend?

You don't have to register for this event, but please let us know if you can make it!

If you're coming with a group, we don't need individual names. Just let us know how many people will be with you.

Call or e-mail us by Sunday, March 26th to RSVP:

Phone: 877-532-5543


What happens if I forget to RSVP? Can I still come to the Statewide Meeting?

We hope you can RSVP, but please don't worry if you can't!

Everyone is still invited to attend. An RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

Can I send you my own questions about the RI DD Service System?

Yes! We'll be happy to research the answer and share what we find!

Click here to a enter your questions online.

Click here to download a form that you can print to mail us your questions.

How can I find out more about the Statewide Meeting?

Click here to download the Statewide Meeting flyer

RI's Annual Statewide Meeting is hosted by Advocates in Action RI
and made possible with support from the RI Department of BHDDH.
Thank you! Together we're making a difference!

What do you want to know about the RI Developmental Disabilities Service System?

Advocates in Action is collecting questions and consulting with the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to find the answers.

Our goal is to develop a variety of simple, clear and user-friendly resource tools. In addition, our Leadership Series Class of 2017 will also be addressing some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive at this year's Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting on Thursday, March 30th at the Crowne Plaza.

We believe that information is power, but we need your help! Please take a moment to send us your questions using this quick and easy survey form:


If the form doesn't work for you, you can also CLICK HERE to open it directly in a new tab on your browser.

Let us know what you want to know.

Thank you!


SAVE THE DATE: Rhode Island's 2017 NO Talent Show!

Thursday, April 20th from 5:30-9:30pm. Stay tuned for details!


speak up, make decisions, plan your future, know your rights, be responsible, learn about government, get out and vote, be a team player, become a leader!

Welcome to the Members of the Leadership Series Class of 2017!!

Congratulations and WELCOME to the 18 newest members of the Advocates in Action RI Leadership Series! We're happy to have you with us and look forward to spending the year ahead with each of you!

Advocates in Action RI developed the Leadership Series to help people learn how to speak up for themselves and others, be in charge of their own lives, and raise disability awareness in the community. Some of the topics that we will be discussing over the next 9 months include the following:

  • Current Issues Related to Services for Rhode Islanders Who Have a Developmental Disability
  • Exercising Your Right to Vote
  • How Government Works
  • Individualized Choice and Informed Decisions
  • Personal Introduction Skills and Qualities of an Effective Leader
  • Segregation and Community Integration
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Person Centered Planning Process
  • … and More!






PCP: Volume 1, short for "People Coloring Pictures", is an adult coloring book that includes artwork and ideas from members of the Advocates in Action RI Leadership Series. Class members drew these pictures as we discussed topics such as Self-Advocacy, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Informed Decisions and Choice, “Home Sweet Home”, Real Jobs and Community Integration. These topics, and others, are all part of something called Person Centered Planning.

We created this book as a fun way and comfortable way to have conversations about Person Centered Plannning and other important issues. We hope you enjoy it!

Advocates in Action is in the process of creating additional materials about Person Centered Planning, including "PCP: Volume 2"! We will also be offering various opportunities to learn more about Person Centered Planning and related topics in the months to come.

In the meantime, feel free to click on the link below to download a copy of PCP: Volume 1, get out your art supplies, and get ready to color!

this is the cover page of the coloring book available for download. It is a black and white drawings: heart speaking into microphone, rainbow with words "goals, dreams, my future, newpaper ad magnifying "jobs", thumbs up with word "repsect", home with heart in window,  person who uses wheelchair in center of circle with words "go for your goals", erasure with words "for really big mistakes", words: this is YOUR life! scales of justics with word "It's the Law"

Title: PCP: Volume 1" has a Person with question marks over their head

"PCP Volume 1" - Download Your Copy Here!


Click here to send us your questions about the Service System for Rhode Islanders who have a developmental disability. While Advocates in Action RI does not provide counseling or advocacy services, we will be setting up an area on our website to share the answers that we find, along with additional resources and information.

Our September What's the Buzz was about ways to Support Self-Advocacy. Check back soon for highlights from that conversation, along with topics and future dates!


Also, check out these awesome songs about ending the R-Word from members of our 2016 Leadership Series Class:

Congratulations to the 2016 LEADERSHIP SERIES CLASS Graduates!

Amanda Cambell
Natalie Bacon
Luke Brissette
Amy Ethier
Melissa Coite
Michael Jendzejec
Denise Layfield
Gina Macris
Meghan O’Leary
Jim Petrone
Michael Smith
Anitra Valles

Nothing About Us Without Us

Click here to read or download the first edition of our new publication, "Nothing About Without Us: RI Self-Advocacy News You Can Use". The newsletter is in PDF format.

New to Self-Advocacy? Check out our "SA Pokey" music video to find out what it's all about:


Think First - Names Hurt!

CLICK HERE to view and download our PowerPoint Show "About that R-Word"

**You need to have an internet connection to watch the video clips that are embedded in the PowerPoint**


This Page was updated on:
March 18, 2017


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