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Advocates in Action Rhode Island is an independent, statewide, non-profit Self-Advocacy organization. AinA was was created by a coaltion of Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities to educate and empower others who also have that label. DD so that they can speak up for themselves and others. Remember, "nothing about us without us", because together we can make a difference!



Get Ready for the 2016 Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting:
Myth Busters

Monday, March 28th, 2016 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Crown Plaza in Warwick, RI.

This is a unique opportunity for Self-Advocates, families, allies and community members to talk, learn and share ideas! This year's event will focus on some of the common questions that people who have a developmental disability and receive services have asked about their support plans and the services that they receive.

Mythbusters will be facilitated by members of the Leadership Series Class of 2016. Please join us and help show them your support!

The annual Statewide Self-Advocacy meeting is hosted by Advocates in Action RI, and made possible with support from the RI Department of Behavioral Health Care, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. Together we're making a difference, and so can you!

While this is a free event, we ask that you to RSVP for yourself, and any other people you may be attending with. Click here to RSVP. We don't need specific names, but an approximately head count will help us to plan the event. Thank you!

Click here if you would like to send us your DD services related question for this year's presentation. While we may not be able to include every question we receive during the meeting on March 28th, we will post answers and additional information on our website as a resource for all.

For those who missed our January What's the Buzz conversations, there is still time to share your own ideas about ways to end the "R-Word" and change the negative attitudes and stereotypes that exist towards people who have a disability label.

Click here to send us your comments and suggestions.

Also, check out these awesome songs about ending the R-Word from members of our 2016 Leadership Series Class:


Amanda Cambell
Natalie Bacon
Luke Brissette
Amy Ethier
Melissa Coite
Kim Genereux
Michael Jendzejec
Denise Layfield
Gina Macris
Meghan O’Leary
Christopher Pawlyk
Jim Petrone
Michael Smith
Anitra Valles
Scott Walls

Class of 2016 Members can CLICK HERE to view the class web page, including homework, handouts, class contact information and more.

Nothing About Us Without Us

Click here to read or download the first edition of our new publication, "Nothing About Without Us: RI Self-Advocacy News You Can Use". The newsletter is in PDF format.

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


Think First - Names Hurt!

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February 1, 2016


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