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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 developed the Leadership Series to help people learn how to speak up for themselves and make a difference.

The Leadership Series is a 10 month learning experience for Rhode Islanders who have a developmental disability, family members, friends and direct support staff. The Series begins with a kick-off retreat which all class members must attend. This is casual, fun-filled opportunity for everyone to get to know each other and learn more about the year that's ahead of them. The retreat is followed by classes that meet on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-3:00pm several times a month from September thru June. Each class covers topic related to Leadership and Self-Advocacy. During the series, students will be introduced to the tools they need to speak up for themselves and others.

People who attend the Leadership Series do not need to be able to read or write. Each class is interactive and fun! Our curriculum also includes pictures, video, audio, games and other interactive media that make the information accessible and easy to understand.

There are also homework assignments and extra events to attend between classes, including RI's annual Statewide Self-Advocacy conference on October 31st. In addition, class members will be the on-stage hosts for the annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting at the Crowne Plaza in March, 2014! Everyone who completes the Series graduates at a formal ceremony in June.

The Leadership Series is coordinated by Advocates in Action Rhode Island, Inc. Participation in the Series is FREE thanks to the support of the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals. Participation is FREE, but SPACE IS LIMITED!

Interested individuals should mail your completed application and two (2) letters of reference to Advocates in Action RI, Box 41528, Providence RI 02940 by Wednesday, August 21st.

CLICK HERE to download the application for the class of 2014

CLICK HERE to download the information sheet about the Leadership Series

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

This Page was updated on:
August 7, 2013