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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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Calling All Graduates!

It's finally here! Our new Leadership Graduate Academy begins in January 2022. The 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!!!

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 the workshops that people presented in our new Conference Encores Series! The Encore sessions are an opportunity to attend one of the presentations you might have missed at the conference in last June, or to attend that session again. You did not need to

Everyone is welcome! You did NOT need to attend the conference to join us for one or all of the Encores. CLICK HERE to find out more and register!

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Advocates in Action hosted Hot Topics and Cool Ideas on Thursday, June 24th, and Friday, June 25th. This was Rhode Island's 25th Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference, and the first one to take place virtually. It was also a huge success, with 11 different workshop sessions to choose from, Music with a Message from the Leadership Series Class of 2021 and RI Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Musician, Mark Cutler, and a full slate of powerful speakers, including this year's keynote address from the incredibly accomplished and 101% inspiring, Leah Keith!

Hot Topics and Cool Ideas wouldn't have been possible without the support of our 2021 conference planning team, this year's presenters, the generosity of previous sponsors, and support from our friends at the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities, & Hospitals (BHDDH)!

It also wouldn't have happened without each of the 100-plus attendees who joined us over the course of this year's 2-day event. On behalf of our entire team here at Advocates in Action, THANK YOU!

CLICK HERE to visit our 2021 Conference Page, where you'll find links to the workshop sessions, Leah's keynote address and other speeches, original music, and a variety of other Hot Topics and Cool Ideas from this year's event.

This page was updated on Friday, January 7, 2022

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