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Advocates in Action: The Leadership Series


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!

Advocates in Action RI developed the Leadership Series and has been offering the class since 1995, to help individuals 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 students will be introduced to include the following:

  • Current Issues Related to the RI Developmental Disabilities Service System
  • Disability Rights
  • Exercising Your Right to Vote
  • How Government Works
  • Individualized Choice and Informed Decisions
  • Person Centered Planning
  • Personal Introduction Skills and Qualities of an Effective Leader
  • Public Speaking
  • Segregation and Community Integration
  • Self-Advocacy … and Lots More!

The Leadership Series curriculum includes pictures, video, audio, games and other interactive media that make the information accessible and easy to understand. As a result, students do not need to have any specific level of reading or writing skills in order to take the class. Participation is open to all Rhode Islanders who have a developmental disability. Family members, support staff and allies are also invited to apply and accompany individuals on our shared learning adventures.

The Series begins with an all-day kick-off retreat which will take place in late August/early September. This is followed by regularly scheduled classes that meet 2-3 times a month from September thru June. Classes are held at the Advocates in Action office, 662 Hartford Avenue in Providence, and typically meeting on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

In addition, there are also homework assignments and extra events to attend between classes, including RI's Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference in the fall, and various community forums and informational sessions throughout the year.

Class members are also be the presenters at Rhode Island’s Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting, which takes place in the spring.

Everyone who completes the Series graduates at a formal ceremony in June. Graduates are then invited to become a Peer Mentor. The AinA-RI Peer Mentor Network offers graduates a variety of opportunities to put the skills they learned in class to everyday use, including the option of teaching future Leadership Series Classes.

The Leadership Series is made possible with support from the RI Department of BHDDH. While there is no cost to attend, space is limited. Applications for each new class are available here on our website in June.

Leadership Series News

Leadership Series class of 2015 photo

Leadership Series Class of 2016 photo

Leadership Series Class of 2017 photo

Click here to view video slide shows from previous Leadership Series and Partners in Policymaking classes.

This Page was updated on:
November 3, 2017