Advocates in Action RI
"Self-Advocacy means finding out what's important, speaking up about it and making a difference!"

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Advocates in Action: Welcome to Our Website!

Advocates in Action Rhode Island is an independent, statewide, non-profit Self-Advocacy organization.

Phew! That's a lot of words! Bottom line: we are directed by and for people who have a developmental disability to empower others who also have DD so that they can speak up for themselves and others. Remember, "nothing about us without us", because together we can make a difference!

Congratulations to members of the graduating class of the 2015 Leadership Series:

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

Applications for the class of 2016 are available NOW and due back by Friday, July 31st! Click here to download yours today!


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Get Ready for some Hot Fun In the Summertime at the 2015 Annual Beach Bash, co-hosted by Advocates in Action RI and the Down Syndrome Society of RI. This year's Bash takes place on Thursday, August 6th at Goddard Park, 1095 Ives Road in Warwick. We will be partying in the Carousel from 11:00am to 3:00 pm and EVERYONE IS INVITED!

Registration is just $20 per person if purchased by Thursday, July 30th, and $25 after that date. The price includes lunch, drinks, DJ dancing, carousel rides and TONS OF FUN! Chowder and clamcakes will also be served, thanks to the generous support of the Moran Foundation! The registration fee also includes beach access. Bring your bathing suit, sunscreen and a towel so you can Stay Cool at Hot Fun! CLICK HERE to download a registration form.

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Hot Off the Press!!

Click here to read or download the first edition of our new publication, "Nothing About Without Us: RI Self-Advocacy News You Can Use". The newsletter is in PDF format.

New to Self-Advocacy? Check out our "SA Pokey" music video to find out what it's all about:

You can also connect with us through social media in the following ways:

Go to Advocates in Action RI Facebook pageClick here to visit us on Facebook. We share a lot of photos there! We hope you're "LIKE" our page!

Advocates in Action YouTube Channel Check out our YouTube channel by clicking here!
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CLICK HERE to send us an email If you're looking for something specific and we'll help if we can.

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Thanks to everyone who came to the 2015 NO Talent Show and helped make the event SO MUCH FUN!!

Individual choice and making informed decisions. Click this link to open the PDF flyer for the event on March 30th

Rhode Island's 2015 Statewide Self-Advocacy Meeting: MY VOICE - MY CHOICE!

The 2015 Annual Statwide Self-Advocacy Meeting took place on Monday, March 30th, 7:00-9:00pm at the Crown Plaza in Warwick. Approximately 200 Self-Advocates, family member and allies were there to talk, learn and share ideas about Individual Choice and Making Informed Decisions. Photos and materials shared at the event will be available on our website soon.

What's the Buzz about Making Decisions?

Join Self-Advocates and Allies to Talk, Share and Learn about Hot Topics Related to Self-Advocacy!

Where: Advocates in Action RI, 662 Hartford Avenue, Providence RI 02909
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call Advocates in Action RI TOLL FREE at 877-532-5543

Rhode Island's 19th Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference was awesome! More than 400 people attended POWER UP on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at the Crown Plaza in Warwick.

CLICK HERE to download the 2014 Conference Program

CLICK HERE to find out more about Power Up.

Everyone who wants to work should be able to follow that dream! Advocates in Action RI is proud to be working in partnership with the RIenter of Excellence and Advocacy to make this vision a reality!

Click here to visit the CEA website and check back soon information about Self-Advocacy news, opportunities, resources and events about EMPLOYMENT!

Best Judgment Ladd School Lessons

Advocates in Action RI is currently producing a feature length documentary about the history of Rhode Island's former state instituion for people who had a developmental disability. Best Judgment: Ladd School Lessons will also examine the negative attitudes and stereotypes that still exist towards people who have a developmental disability today.

Visit the film's website and join us on Facebook to find out more:

We also want to thank the everyone who has already contributed to support this important project.

Those who still wish to make a tax deductible donation can send checks addressed to our fiscal sponsor as follows:

Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island

Please write "Best Judgment" on the memo line, and send it to:

Advocates in Action Rhode Island
Box 41528
Providence RI 02940

We believe that "Best Judgment" is going to be a powerful film. Your support will help us bring it,
and the conversation that it inspires, to as wide an audience as possible.



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This Page was updated on:
June 16, 2015


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