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Welcome to Our Website!

Advocates in Action RI is Rhode Island's premiere statewide Self-Advocacy organization. As 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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Registration is now open for the 2024 DD Community Forums! Visit our DD Forum Page to find out more and sign-up for these free and informative events!


The Leadership Series. Click on this image to learn about our next class  how to apply.

The deadline to apply for the 2024 Leadership Series was Friday, January 19th.

Please CLICK HERE to sign up for our mailing list if you'd like to receive information about next year's class and other events.

Say Hello to the Leadership Series Class of 2024!!

Liina Bray

Rhonda Digilio

Nicole Duncan

Leigh Ann Dutra

Mirela Gomes

Derek Iasimone

Pablo Jimenez

Joseph McCarthy

Gabriel Mouradjian

Amethys Nieves

Anna Reagle

Carmen Rios

Nikolas Simijis

Marc Smith

Daniel Thompson

Michael Ziroli


We Belong Here!
Rhode Island's 2024 Statewide Self-Advocacy Confence, Thurday, May 9th and Friday, May 10th. Remember, nothing about us without us. This graphic include a cartoon with lots of hands overlapping.

Get ready for We Belong Here, Rhode Island's 2024 Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference!

This year's Conference is a 2-day hybrid event.

Day 1, Thursday, May 9th, takes place virtually over Zoom from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
There's no cost to attend the first day, which includes general sessions, workshop presentations, and lots of great resources.

Day 2, Friday, May 10th, is a Dinner Dance Party that takes place at the Providence Marriott Downtown from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Please save the dates and visit us again soon to register for virtual event on Zoom and purchase tickets for the Dinner Dance!

If you haven't already done so, we encourage everyone to join our mailing list for the lastest conference news and information about other events.


While you're here, we invite you to visit our 2023 Conference Page:

Together Again Conference Logo: A collage of cartoon people depicting previous Conference topics including: Transportation, Self-Directed Services, Employment, Person-Centered Planning, Manage your own Support Staff, Community, Support Plans, and having FUN

Together Again, Rhode Island's 2023 Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference, took place on May 11th and 12th

CLICK HERE to visit our 2023 conference page for recordings, photos and other resources from last year's event!


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Calling All Graduates!

Our 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!


This page was updated on Tuesday, January 30, 2024


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