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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!

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 meets on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-3:00pm several times a month from September thru June. Each class covers topics 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. The Series begins with an all day kick-off retreat in September. This is a casual, fun-filled event that all class members must attend. The retreat and classes will be held at the Advocates in Action RI office located at 662 Hartford Ave in Providence, RI.

There are also homework assignments and extra events to attend between classes, including RI's Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy conference on October 29th. In addition, class members will be the on- stage hosts for the annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting at the Crowne Plaza on March 29th, 2016! Everyone who completes the Series graduates at a formal ceremony in June.

The Leadership Series is coordinated by Advocates in Action Rhode Island. 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!

We will be accepting applications for the next Leadership Series (the class of 2017) beginning in June, 2016. Applications for the Leadership Series Class of 2017 will be available here on our website at that time. Please visit us again!

Click here to download more information about the Leadership Series

Class of 2016 Members CLICK HERE to view class materials and homework.

Leadership Series News

2015 Leadership Series class at the RI State House

Congratulations to Graduates of the Leadership Series Class of 2015!

Steve Benoit
Ron Carello
Lisa Dubreuil
Maureen Gaynor
Connie LeBlanc
Melanie Monti
Stephanie Proulx
Veronica Schenck
Lisa Silveira
Cassandra Summers

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

This Page was updated on:
November 15, 2015