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Advocates in Action Rhode Island is Rhode Island's Statewide Self-Advocacy organization with federal 501(c)3 non-profit status. Click here to find out more about who we are and what we do.

Thank you to the 400+ attendees who attended this year's Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference!!

We will be posting conference photos, video, information about the 18 awesome presentations,
and other conference highlights on our website.

Please check back soon!!!



Let us know what you want to know!

Send us your questions about how the RI Developmental Disabilities System works!

Advocates in Action is collecting questions and consulting with the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to find the answers. We will share answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, along with additional resource material to help people understand how the RI DD System works here on our website.

Information is power, but we need your help! Use the form below to send us your questions:

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Click here to download a PDF copy of the survey.

Let us know what you want to know!

Your Ideas About Being Person-Centered?

There are some exciting changes taking place here in our state for individuals who have a developmental disability. The RI Division of Developmental Disabilities is moving forward towards a system that allows for more invidualized supports and Person-Centered Planning.

Person-Centered Planning is more than just your Individual Service Plan. A Person-Centered Planning Process can help you reach the goals that matter most to you, and help you live the life you want.

In order for Person-Centered Planning to happen, everyone who's part of the DD Service System needs the ability to "think outside the box". Basically, this means finding the answer to these 2 questions:

How do you want to live your life?

What supports do you need to help make that happen?

Advocates in Action is collaborating with the Paul V. Sherlock Center and the Division of Developmental Disabilities to help individuals and families think about their answers. We have hosted several conversations about Person-Centered Thinking, a Person-Centered Planning Process, and how to "Think Outside the Box" when it comes to services and supports.

What are some of your thoughts about this? At our recent meetings, we asked attendees some questions about how to make the RI DD Service System, and the supports that individuals receive, more Person-Centered. CLICK HERE to see these questions and send us your suggestions, comments, and/or ideas. The Division of Developmental Disabilities will be using this information to help guide them as they move forward with some of the system changes ahead.

PCP: Volume 1

PCP: Volume 1, short for "People Coloring Pictures", is an adult coloring book that includes artwork and ideas from members of the Advocates in Action RI Leadership Series. Class members drew these pictures as we discussed topics such as Self-Advocacy, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Informed Decisions and Choice, “Home Sweet Home”, Real Jobs and Community Integration. These topics, and others, are all part of something called Person Centered Planning.

We created this book as a fun way and comfortable way to have conversations about Person Centered Plannning and other important issues. We hope you enjoy it!

Advocates in Action will be creating additional materials about Person Centered Planning, including "PCP: Volume 2"! We will also be offering various opportunities to learn more about Person Centered Planning and related topics in the months to come.

In the meantime, feel free to click on the link below to download a copy of PCP: Volume 1, get out your art supplies, and get ready to color!

this is the cover page of the coloring book available for download. It is a black and white drawings: heart speaking into microphone, rainbow with words "goals, dreams, my future, newpaper ad magnifying "jobs", thumbs up with word "repsect", home with heart in window,  person who uses wheelchair in center of circle with words "go for your goals", erasure with words "for really big mistakes", words: this is YOUR life! scales of justics with word "It's the Law"

Title: PCP: Volume 1" has a Person with question marks over their head

"PCP Volume 1" - Download Your Copy Here!

Visit our YouTube Channel!

Here are just a few of the cool videos and songs that we've created and posted on YouTube:

Ideas about Your Individual Service Plan


Ideas About the Support Intensity Scale ("SIS")


R-Word Busters!

I Will Hold My Head Up High, and Keep It There Everyday (A Song about Being PROUD!)

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


Think First - Names Hurt!

CLICK HERE to view and download our PowerPoint Show "About that R-Word"

**You need to have an internet connection to watch the video clips that are embedded in the PowerPoint**


This Page was updated on:
November 3, 2017


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