Advocates in Action RI
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Advocates in Action Rhode Island is a statewide Self-Advocacy organization. Check out the "SA Pokey" music video that we produced for Rhode island's 2012 Self-Advocacy conference to find out what it's all about.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Advocates in Action RI office, 662 Hartford Ave, Providence, will be CLOSED starting Monday afternoon, January 26th. It will remain closed on Tuesday and most likely on Wednesday. All meetings scheduled for M-W this week are postponed and will be rescheduled after the blizzard! Stay home and stay warm!

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Beginning in 2015, Advocates in Action RI will be hosting an informal series of conversations for Self-Advocates to discuss topics that affect Rhode Islanders who have a developmental disability and others. Everyone is welcome, but space is limited at these bi-monthly meetings. Our first conversation, scheduled for on Monday, January 26th, is postponed due to the snowstorm. The conversation will focus on WORK and will be rescheduled soon! This will be a time to ask questions and share ideas.

Click here to send us an email for additional information if you are interested in attending this free event.

Power Up

We Got Powered UP!

Power UP, was the name of Rhode Island's 19th Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference, and it was smashing success! More than 400 people attended this year's event, which took place on Thursday, October 30th at the Crown Plaza in Warwick.

Thank you to everyone who made Power Up a success, including:

The Members of the Power Up Planning Committee
Keynote Speakers Karen Batchellor and Ray Memory
The 2014 Conference Presenters
Our team of dedicated hard-working Staff, Board Members & Volunteers
Our Partners at the Center for Excellence and Advocacy
Jenna Eldridge and her team of student volunteers from Brown University
Mark Cutler, Jimmy Isom, Bobby Macaux, Sammy Smalley, Jim Wolpaw and the members of the AinA-RI Film Crew
The Leadership Series Class of 2015
The Rhode Island Department of BHDDH

We also appreciate the generous support of this year’s sponsors which include:
Neighborhood Health Care of New England
The John E. Moran Foundation
Opportunities Unlimited
Living Innovations
Bloom Shapiro
The RI DD Council
The RI Disability Law Center
Mary Ann & Bob (in honor of Matt Chase),
New to You/Arc of BVC, Bridges
Edible Arrangements
Life, Incorporated
RI Novelty
RI Parent Information Network
United Healthcare
West Bay Residential

Check back soon for a conference photos, videos, presentation materials, and information on how to invite workshop presenters to your local Self-Advocacy group.

Thank you. Together we're making a difference!

Leadership Series News

We would like to thank everyone who applied for the Leadership Series Class of 2015. Congratulations to this year's Leaders to be:


See you at our retreat on Wednesday, September 24th. Get ready for a great year ahead .... Lead on!

Click here to find out more about the Leadership Series

Advocates in Action RI is proud to be working in partnership with the RI Center of Excellence and Advocacy to make this vision a reality!

Click here to visit the CEA website and check back soon information about Self-Advocacy news, opportunities, resources and events about EMPLOYMENT!

Best Judgment Ladd School Lessons

Advocates in Action RI is currently producing a feature length documentary about the history of Rhode Island's former state instituion for people who had a developmental disability. Best Judgment: Ladd School Lessons will also examine the negative attitudes and stereotypes that still exist towards people who have a developmental disability today.

Visit the film's website and join us on Facebook to find out more:

We also want to thank the everyone who has already contributed to support this important project.

Those who still wish to make a tax deductible donation can send checks addressed to our fiscal sponsor as follows:

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

We believe that "Best Judgment" is going to be a powerful film. Your support will help us bring it,
and the conversation that it inspires, to as wide an audience as possible.



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This Page was updated on:
January 26, 2015


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