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When we feel the crisp air and the chills in our bones that's how we know Fall is changing into Winter. Houses are filled with the smells of the holidays and the warmth from family and friends. This time of year, life happens quickly, one holiday to the next, more to-dos added on top of the long list. So, remember, November is Kindness Awareness Month - that also means be kind to yourself. Take some time to practice self-care and rejuvenate for the upcoming holiday season.

This time of year often shows us what is really important. At The Arc Rhode Island our team reflects on those we have had a hand in helping and those who have helped us along the way. We would not be able to provide our services to the community without you. Many organizations, like ours depend on your kindness and generosity during the season of giving. We are relying on our followers, families and children we support, and you, this Giving Tuesday. We hope you know how much we are truly thankful for each of you. Please make a commitment to support The Arc Rhode Island.

- The Arc Rhode Island Staff
Looking for Thanksgiving Fun!
7 Thanksgiving Crafts for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Happy Thanksgiving! STEAM Your Way Through the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 🦃
November 23, 2023
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3rd
The International Day of
Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)...
is an annual observance on December 3 that aims to promote the rights and well-being of those with disabilities in all aspects of life. It is also a day to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities that people with disabilities face in society. The United Nations has been observing this day since 1992, and each year has a different theme. The theme for 2022 was “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world”. The theme focused on how innovation can help create a more inclusive and accessible world for persons with disabilities, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The IDPD is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities, as well as to call for more action and support to ensure their full participation and inclusion in society.
The 2023 Internation Day of Persons with Disabilities theme is: "United in action to rescue and achieve the SDGs for, with, and by persons with disabilities." This theme reflects the urgent need to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to ensure the inclusion and participation or persons with disabilities in all aspects of life. The IDPD will be commemorated on December 3, 2023, at the United Nations Headquarters and around the world!
Disability Activists You Should Know...
is an amazing read: insightful, informative and inspirational!
Did you know?
Sensory-Friendly Winter Wonderland in East Bay!

Event Details:
• 📅 Date: Saturday, Dec. 9
• ⏰ Time: 10 am – 12 pm
• 📍 Location: 91 Main St, Ste 115, Warren, RI 02885

Snow Much Fun Alert! This festivity-filled bash is not just on the house, it's snowball-levels of cool and entirely FREE! So, gather your little elves, reindeer, and snow angels, and come spread the cheer!
Bristol Santa House

For families, especially those with special needs, the Bristol Santa House provides a unique opportunity to make cherished memories. By creating an environment where children, regardless of any physical or mental challenges, can share their wishes with Santa Claus.

They are reinforcing the values of inclusivity and love that the holiday season stands for.
2024 Winter Classes
Providence, Rhode Island
Studio Playground classes explore the benefits of laughter through movement, performance, and playful improvisation. Join us for a class that empowers students to develop confidence and find their voice within an ensemble.
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Special Education Advocacy
The Arc Rhode Island partners with parents, and others who are advocating for students with IDD to get the help they need at school. We want students with IDD to graduate high school, go to college, get a job, and live on their own as much as they can.
If you need help navigating the Special Education process and need an advocate to guide you, please visit Special Education Advocacy by clicking the button.
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Special Education Advocacy & Reform 
This group of volunteer parents are working with the Rhode Island Generally Assembly to make sure every child gets their entitlements.
Their focus is to support parents and help eliviate struggles many have within the school systems. The goal is to see every child benefit from: 
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA)
Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA)

Make Some Noise!
SPEAR is asking for a show of support. They are planning a HUGE rally to show the legislators we need to hear some good news! For the families and children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, (IDD) it is well overdue!
Parents and children who live this frustration everyday need all of us to
MAKE NOISE, the kind that legislation can't ignore!

Please save the date January 17th @3:30 to rally at
The RI State house to advocate for special education in RI. 


For more information on the rally, gain parental support, or to join SPEAR please Email SPEAR
OCR - Office for Civil Rights, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This department enforces civil rights laws and health information privacy laws. A useful resource you may use to file a complaint with OCR if you feel that your rights were violated by a health care provider or government agency. You can find more information about filing a complaint with OCR by clicking the link below. If you need assistance, please email The Arc RI or SPEAR.
According to the OCR website, a complaint must:
-Be filed in writing by mail, fax, e-mail, or via the OCR Complaint Portal
-Name the health care or social service provider involved, and describe the acts or omissions, you believe violated civil rights laws or regulations.
-Be filed within 180 days of when you knew that the act or omission complained of occurred. OCR may extend the 180-day period if you can show “good cause.”