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Advocates in Action Rhode Island is Rhode Island's Statewide Self-Advocacy organization with federal 501(c)3 non-profit status. Use the MENU on the left to navigate our website, and feel free to contact us if you're looking for something specific!

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Save the Date for RI's 24th Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference
Hosted by Advocates in Ation RI
Thursday, October 31st, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza
Yes, You read that right!
this year's conference is on Halloween!


graphic of a person with the words "why not?!?" over the head. They are holding a sign that says: Save the Day, Thursday, October 25th, 2018
Rhode Island's 23rd Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference.


Thursday, October 25th, 2018 at the Crown Plaza in Warwick

The 2018 event was Rhode Island's largest Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference to date, with an awesome gathering of 485 attendees, including 142 at this year's Youth Track!

Participants during the conference day also experience the opening session People Power Parade and "Why Not?!? Shout Out messages presented by the Leadership Series Class of 2019.

We were also thrilled to welcome back friend of Self-Advocacy and Rhode Island's very own singer/song-writer and musician, Mark Cutler. Mark has worked with us in the past and we always love to have him! At this year's conference, he helped the audience create and incredible multi-voiced and meaning-filled song about the power to speak-up and ask "Why Not?!?"

Conference day attendees also had a choice of 20 different workshop presentations and multiple resources displays throughout the day.

Click here if you'd like to see what the presenters talked at this year's conference.

Thank you so much to each of this year's attendees for the day, and/or night with us! Thanks also, to all of the presenters, volunteers, our 2019 Leadership Series Class,
and members of our conference planning committee who have been meeting all year long to help make Why Not flow as smoothly as possible!

RI's 23rd Annual Self-Advocacy Conference also would not have been possible without the support of the Department of BHDDH, ORS, the RI DD Council,
the RI Parent Information Network, and the combined generosity from this year's sponsors.

Together we're making a difference!!

Welcome to our newest Leadership Series: the Class of 2019 is looking good!!!

Check Out this Year's Leaders ... Leading the People Power Parade at Why Not:


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

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Here are just a few of the cool videos and songs that we've created and posted on YouTube:

Find the Right Fit for YOU!

Sometimes you have to think outside the box to find the things you really want. Everyone is different, and awesome in their own unique way!



A Lofty Ambition

Don't let anyone stop you from pursing your dreams!



Having a Good Day!

Having a "good day" means different things for different people, but there's no "wrong answer", as long as YOUR good day means doing that things that matter most to YOU!



Ideas about Your Individual Service Plan

When something is "individualized", it means it's created specifically for the person who it's all about. It's like getting an outfit custom-tailored so it fits you perfectly. It's like ordering "a la cart", or "off the menu". If you don't the thing you're looking for, don't just settle. Ask questions. Find out what's possible and choose the things that are important to you!



Ideas About the Support Intensity Scale ("SIS")

The SIS is a set of questions about your day to day life, and what kind of support you need to be successful. The SIS is NOT a test, so you can't get the answers wrong, because it's all about you! Don't be afraid to let the people who are asking your the questions know what you need.



R-Word Busters!

Sticks and stones and NAMES HURT, TOO!



I Will Hold My Head Up High, and Keep It There Everyday

An awesome song about being proud, with lyrics by Leadership Series graduate, Amy E.


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This page was updated on Monday, January 14, 2019