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Advocates in Action: Welcome to Our Website!

Advocates in Action Rhode Island, Inc. is a statewide Self-Advocacy organization. CLICK HERE to find out more about who we are and what we do. CLICK HERE to see a calendar of Self-Advocates.

Our website is designed to share some tools and resources about Self-Advocacy, along with information to keep you up to date about Self-Advocacy events. Our site uses a service called BROWSE ALOUD so that visitors can listen to the text.


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If you're looking for something specific, and can't find it on our site, CLICK HERE to send us an email. We'll help if we can!

What's Happening?

SAVE THE DATE for the 2014 "NO" Talent Show, Dinner and Dance!

No Talent? No Problem!

Thursday, April 24th from 5:30-9:30 at the Kelly-Gazarro Post, 1418 Plainfield Street, Cranston

Tickets are $20 a person before April 17th and $25 after the 17th. Tickets MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE!

Click here to download the order form

Click to download the Act Registation if you want to be in this year's show. Space is limited and Acts must be registered by April 4th. Grab your "15 minutes of fame in 3 minutes or less".

The 2014 Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting

I like Ham ... Put it in My Plan!

Rhode Island's Annual Statwide Self-Advocacy Meeting was held on Monday, March 31st, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. More than 200 people came to the meeting to learn all about Individual Support Plans. Members of the Leadership Series Class of 2014 rocked the house as they presented about this year's theme and encouraged everyone to realize that "Your Plan Means Power"!


CLICK HERE to see the powerpoint presentation that highlights some key points about Individual Support Plans

CLICK HERE to check out the Game Show that we used at this year's meeting. See how much you know about the Power of YOUR Plan!

This annual meeting is a free event, hosted by Advocates in Action Rhode Island, and made possible with support from the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabiltiies and Hospitals. THANK YOU, BHDDH, and thank you to everyone who joined us and helped make the event a success. You can learn more about Support Plans at this year's Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference on Thursday, October 30th at the the Crowne Plaza. Save the date!

Best Judgment Ladd School Lessons


Advocates in Action RI is currently producing, Best Judgment: Ladd School Lessons, which will be a documentary about Rhode Island's former state instituion for people who had a developmental disability. We recently had a fundraising campaign and we're thrilled to announce that is wasa huge SUCCESS! You can still view the campaign by CLICKING HERE.

You can also stay informed about our progress on our film website:, and by joining us on Facebook at

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed; we are sincerely grateful for your generosity.

You can still donate to "Best Judgment: Ladd School Lessons" by writing a check to our fiscal sponsor, the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island.

Please write "Best Judgment" on the memo line, and send it to:

Advocates in Action Rhode Island
Box 41528
Providence RI 02940

Additional funds will go toward ensuring the highest technical quality for the finished film, and into outreach and distribution. We believe that "Best Judgment" is going to be an amazing film, and we plan to bring it, and the conversation that it inspires, to as wide an audience as possible.



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This Page was updated on:
April 18, 2014


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