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Welcome to Our Website!

Advocates in Action RI is Rhode Island's Statewide Self-Advocacy organization. An an independent, 501(c)3 organization, our mission is to empower people who have a developmental disability to advocate for themselves and others, to support and strengthen the Self‐Advocacy movement and to raise awareness about disability issues in the community. We strive to help people become educated about their options, aware of available resources, able to make informed decisions, in control of their own lives, and involved within the community.

Check out the menu on the left to view the various ways that we've worked towards these goals over the years. This is just a small sample of the resources in our collection. If you're looking for a specific topic, have any questions, or would like to suggest additional content for our site, send an email and let us know. We welcome your input and ideas, and we're always happy to help if we can!

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Rhode Island's next Virtual DD Community Forum is on Wednesday, August 17th from 3:00-4:30pm!

At Advocates in Action, we believe that knowledge is power. You have a right to decide what you need and what you don't need to live a good life, but that's hard to do if you don't have enough information. That's why we encourage Rhode Islanders who receive DD Services, along with families and others members of the RI Community, to attend this important event.

This event is a free information session with RI Division of Developmental Disabilities Director Kevin Savage and other representatives from the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, & Hospitals (BHDDH). Director Savage and his team will share updates from the Division and answer questions submitted by members of the community.

Use the form below to register and send your questions to Director Savage and his team. If you can't make it to the forum, you can still use this link to submit your questions. We'll send everyone who registers a link to the recording and answers from the Division after the event.

Register for the August 17th Forum

If this form doesn't work, CLICK HERE to open an external link and complete the registration form at

Did You Miss a Previous Community Forum??

As a reminder, you can also CLICK HERE to visit our DD Community Forum page.

View recordings from forums our organization has hosted and the Division's answers to previous questions from the community.

Photo collage of the the Leadership Series Class of 2022.
Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to this Year's Graduates:

Becky Bernard

Mark Boss

Lydia Dubois

Michael Eddy

Christian Gallagher-Peacock

Kathy Gudmundson

Ellee Kenyon

Tim Marcoux

Connor Obrien

Delmarie Rivera

Joe Stone


John Williams

The Super Talented, Extra Caring and Beyond Incredible Leadership Series Class of 2022!!!

Reach for the stars! Rhode Island's 2022 Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference

Thanks for Joining Us at Reach for the Stars,

Rhode Island's 2022 Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference!

This FREE virtual event took place on Thursday, June 16th and Friday, June 17th

CLICK HERE to visit our 2022 Conference Page for recordings and resources from this year's event

Click Here to visit the Graduate Academy Page

Calling All Graduates!

Our new Leadership Graduate Academy is an opportunity for graduates of the Leadership Series and Partners-RI to continue their learning experience with us.

CLICK HERE to visit our Graduate Academy page and find out more!

Hot Topics and Cool Ideas Conference Encores!!!

Conference Encores Series

Hot Topics and Cool Ideas was Rhode Island's first virtual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference, and it was a huge success. In fact, the feedback was so positive that we decided to repeat some of the workshop presentations in our Conference Encores Series, which took place monthy from December, 2021 - March, 2022.

We've shared the recordings from those presentations, along with additional information and resources about each of the topics that were discussed.

CLICK HERE to visit the Conference Encores page and find out more.

previous events

Couldn't make it to one of our previous events? CLICK HERE to visit our recordings page and see what you missed!

This page was updated on Tuesday, July 26, 2022

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