Parents of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs have a passion for obtaining the information they need to support their children's learning and improve their health and education outcomes. RI Parent Information Network has been a  critical resource to parents for over twenty-five years . This monthly email provides details to upcoming events, articles and website links, and military family resources. RIPIN is centrally located at  1210 Pontiac Avenue in Cranston, RI.
RI's Back to School Celebrations 
18th Annual Celebration, August 19, 2017

The Back to School Celebration of Rhode Island (BTSCRI) is a 501 C3 non-profit organization created to involve parents in the education of their children, thereby helping to create an atmosphere of trust and open communication between schools, students and families. In 1999, BTSCRI organized its first event in one single location and distributed 600 backpacks full of school supplies to school children in the Providence area.

Since the first event BTSCRI has grown to 12 locations and serving over 15,000 school children last year and since its beginning more than 134,000 children have supported.   BTSCRI is truly a community event where all of our community gathers to support children and their families. 
RIPIN is a proud community partner of BTSCRI.

When:  Saturday, August 19, 2017

Time:   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

What:   Free School Supplies, food, entertainment, fun activities, and educational information

Who:    Students, parents, teachers, and school staff

The Rhode Island Department of Education will conduct public hearings and afford an opportunity for comment from the general public, including individuals with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities on the changes to the Significant Disproportionality under IDEA Part B policies and procedures.

The recommended revisions to RI Policies and Procedures for Significant Disproportionality are available for public review and comment on the RIDE website from August 5, 2017 through October 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Public hearings will be held on:
Tuesday, August 23, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 pm Times 2 Academy
50 Filmore Street
Providence, RI 02908
Wednesday, September 6, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 pm Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane
Warwick, RI 
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 6:00 - 8:00 pm Middletown Public Library
700 W. Main Road
Middletown, RI

Locations are accessible to persons with disabilities, and interpreter services for the hearing impaired will be provided if requested 48 hours prior to the hearing. Requests can be made in writing or by calling Karen Lovett at 401-222-8333 or RI Relay 1-800-745-5555.

Comments may be submitted through email to Karen Lovett at with "Significant Disproportionality under IDEA Part B - Public Comment" in the subject line, or mailed to:

Significant Disproportionality under IDEA Part B - Public Comment
Attention: Karen Lovett
Rhode Island Department of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
General questions or requests for alternative formats of the recommended revisions to RI Policies and Procedures for Significant Disproportionality may be directed to Karen Lovett via email or by calling 401-222-8333.
Great Online Resources! 



A RIPIN project, the RI Center for Healthcare Rights advances the rights of RI's healthcare consumers through education and training, policy initiatives, and more.   The Resource Hub provides advocates, enrollers, and other "helpers" with the information and support they need to represent themselves and their clients effectively.

This guide is intended to help parents and professionals navigate the complex needs of
Rhode Island children and families. The guide contains brief descriptions of the resources, programs, and systems of support that families most commonly need to access for their children and youth with special health care needs. Contact information and live links to websites are included.

RIPIN offers both  national and state resourcesalong with a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), reference guides, and tool kits for families of students with disabilities and the professionals who work with them.

Save the Date:
8th Annual Transition 101 Parent Conference 
December 1, 2017
Radisson Airport Hotel
Warwick, RI
Established over 25 years ago, RIPIN is a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps thousands of Rhode Islanders every year turn challenging situations into opportunities to advocate for themselves and their loved ones. Through health care coordination, health and education programs, and community outreach services, RIPIN peers work side by side with individuals and families to help them navigate complex systems of care.  
Rhode Island Parent Information Network
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