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Resolutions are a great way to reflect on the past year and set goals for the upcoming year. Writing down resolutions can help you become more aware of what’s important to you. It’s also a good way to start fresh and focus on self-improvement. Remember, resolutions aim to relieve stress, minimize anxiety, and improve your overall well-being. Even if the path to reinventing yourself starts off a little rocky, you can always get back on track at any time throughout the year. So, take the time to scroll through some options below, focus on achievable goals and remember 2024 is your year, so treat yourself like it! 🎉

Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas for 2024:
  • Start a gratitude journal to improve your mental and physical wellness. It only takes a few minutes a day to jot down things, people, and events that you’re grateful for.
  • Make time for family and friends by planning monthly dinners or simply check in once a week.
  • Build a budget: outline a rough draft that works for you, make a plan for sticking to it.
  • Once a month find time to be by yourself; meditate or take a ride to nowhere, blast music!
  • Find one or more things you like about yourself and focus on you.
  • Eat mindfully by focusing on what and why you’re eating.
  • Get active with a daily exercise routine, find a Yoga class on-line or in person.
  • Learn a new skill or hobby this year; sign language, knitting, playing an instrument.
  • Read a book every month to expand your knowledge and imagination.
  • Find ways to spread awareness and promote inclusion for all!

At The Arc Rhode Island 2024 Business Plans and New Year resolutions are being made! These include expansion of our Building Inclusive Futures and Special Education Advocacy programs, community events, and on our website the addition of resources such as the Affordable Connectivity Program and more! All year long we work diligently to provide vital programs, resources and support to the IDD community in Rhode Island. The team is eager to enter into 2024 with a plan to outdo ourselves in the new year!

With your help, we continue to offer services and remain active in the community!

Every day, across the entire state, we educate, advocate and are passionate about ensuring the human rights of people living with IDD. We are excited to see you at more local events in 2024!

Help us to do this by making a donation today.

We understand that there are many worthy causes out there, and we are grateful for any support that you can provide. Your donation, no matter how small, will go a long way in helping us to achieve our goals and make a real difference in the lives of those we serve. Thank you for considering our request. We appreciate your support.

Warm Wishes and Happy New Year!

- The Arc Rhode Island Staff
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This initiative raises awareness about possible causes of these behaviors and educate on the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder and evidence-based strategies to support people and engage in more positive interactions at home, school, work and in the community. The grant will provide training to family members and caregivers on the characteristics of ASD, as well as strategies to keep autistic individuals safe.

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Service discount up to $30/month.
Service discount up to $75/month on qualifying Tribal lands.
Device discount up to $100 for a qualifying device.

How can I qualify?
You, or your child or dependent are enrolled in government programs like Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, or others, or,
based on your household income.
The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) launched on December 31, 2021, by the FCC. This longer-term program replaces the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.
Contact us for program information or
help with the application process.
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University Professor Emeritus of Education and Law at Lehigh University
This month’s update identifies recent court decisions that illustrate issues arising from (a) proficiency testing and (b) substantive FAPE, including the IDEA’s statute of limitations. For related publications and earlier monthly updates, see
Additional Resources on his website! Special Supplements – Perry A. Zirkel (

Perry Zirkel has hundreds of publications that share his extensive knowledge and experience within the IDD legal system and communities.
The Arc Rhode Island can help!
If you need help navigating the Special Education process and need an advocate to guide you, please
request Special Education Advocacy by visiting our website or call 401-294-2342 and select option #1 to speak to our Special Education Advocate.
Get connected to resources, learn more about the Special Education process and your child's rights!
Policy & Legal Advocacy @ The Arc of the United States
What The Arc Is Doing

The Arc participates in litigation in jurisdictions throughout the country in multiple ways, including as counsel, as a party, and as amicus. The Arc’s litigation work covers a wide range of issues pertaining to the rights of people with IDD in all aspects of life for the purpose of advancing the principles embodied in our organizational mission and position statements to promote and protect the civil and human rights of people with IDD and actively support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

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The Arc’s Legal Advocacy Committee is appointed by the President of our Board of Directors and serves as an advisory council to inform The Arc’s expertise and help The Arc make decisions about litigation it participates in.
Special Education Advocacy & Reform 
January 17th, 2024
Due to this recent article that came out from the Providence Journal December 26th, 2023.

This program will help RI families with special-needs students. Here's what to know. PROVIDENCE – Parents trying to navigate the special education system will soon have a helping hand, a go-to program at the state Department of Education to help resolve disputes. Read More!

Stay tuned for updates from SPEAR!!
Special Education Advocacy and Reform

Please email SPEAR with any questions: