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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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Let's Party!!!

A photo collage of people in costume from the Cos-Zoom party and thwords: Join us for some virutal phone at our 2nd annual Funtastic Cos-Zoom Dance Party!! Friday, October 29th, 2021 from 7:00 - 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of music, dancing, games, prizes and FUN at our 2nd Annual

Cos-Zoom Dance Party!

A calendar page with the date and time: Thursday, October 29th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

The 2021 funtastic virtual event will take place on Friday, October 29th, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

There's no cost to attend and everyone is welcome, but you NEED TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE and SIGN UP FOR THE FUN TODAY!!!


This is a photos collage of the Leadership Class of 2021 members:
Jillian Baltruchitis, Jason Caldeira, Lisa Dragon, Denise Flynn
Joshua Kell, Maurice Lee
Vincent Mancini, Matthew Pierce,
Joseph Tisdale with the caption, "The Leadership Series Class of 2021: Congratulations Graduates!"
Congratulations Graduates!

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Congratulations to the Leadership Series Graduating Class of 2021!

** Applications for the next Leadership Series, which begins in January 2022, will be available later this year on our website **

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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, October 22, 2021


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