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Advocates in Action: End the Negative and Make Respect the New "R-Word"

think first! names hurt, too

In June, 2010, our state voted to change the name of the "Department of Mental Health, Retardation & Hospitals" (MHRH)


"The Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals" (BHDDH)

Advocates in Action received a citation from the Governor of Rhode Island because of our "End the R-Word" campaign!

Click here to see some photos from the ceremony that celebrated that historic name change!

"Names Hurt, Too" was Rhode Island's 15th Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference.

More than 500 pepole came to the "Names Hurt, Too", making it our biggest statewide conference since we began hosting them in 1994!

Click Here to view information and photos from the big event!

We have been bringing the "End the R-Word" message to local schools and colleges.
If you would like speakers from Advocates in Action to visit your class room, click here to send us an email.

We have t-shirts, mugs and posters available with our NAMES HURT message on them.

T-SHIRTS cost $10 each ($12 for XXL and up) plus shipping

COFFEE MUGS cost $5 each plus shipping

We also have BUMPER STICKERS available. Cost is 4 stickers for $1.00 plus shipping

If you are a Rhode Island local, click here to email us to make arrangments so you can pick up your order and save on shipping.

If you would like to place an order and have it mailed to you, click here to email us so we can discuss shipping options.

You can also click Here to download the order form. Your purchase will help support the work we do. Thank you!

This Page was updated on:
May 23, 2011