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Hello Fall! It's a wonderful time of year for many reasons. There is spectacular fall foliage that blankets the landscape with deep shades of red, amber, gold, and orange. Living in Rhode Island, you’re assured to see dramatic landscapes, vibrant colors and more out of state plates! (leaf peepers) In addition to the seasonal transformation, Fall is filled with events to celebrate all things autumn, from pumpkin festivals to harvest season to Halloween frights. Look for an events calendar to see what has been planned. We've included some in this newsletter but couldn't fit them ALL!

November is just around the corner, and it often finds us dreaming about comfort foods. Thanksgiving traditions vary from house to house, but it brings friends and family to our tables. The time we spend together over the upcoming holiday season strengthens our community, opens hearts and embraces inclusion. It is a time for giving and for thanks. We've pulled together a lot of things to do, words to inspire, and informational resources in this edition. Share it with your family and friends.

All of us at The Arc Rhode Island want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has shown us support and helps us provide the services and resources to the IDD community, their family, friends and care givers.
Thank You!
- The Arc Rhode Island Staff
November Awareness Campaigns
World Kindness Week
Week-long event in November
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What is World Kindness Day?
World Kindness Day is an international holiday first introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. The holiday is devoted to promoting kindness throughout the world, understanding the positive potential of large and small acts of kindness, and unifying together as human beings.
Veterans Day November 11th
Show Your Support
Veterans Day is a time to honor and thank those who have served and sacrificed for our country. There are many ways to show your support and appreciation for veterans, both on Veterans Day and throughout the year.
Here are some ways to show your support on Veterans Day

National Native American
Heritage Month
November is National Native American Heritage Month in the United States. It is a time to celebrate the countless contributions of Native peoples past and present, honor the influence they have had on the advancement of our Nation, and reflect on the complex history between Native and non-Native peoples. The National Archives holds hundreds of thousands of U.S. Government records relating to Native Americans, from as early as 1774 through the mid-1990s. These include every treaty signed with Native Americans, records from the Indian Schools, Indian Census Rolls, and Bureau of Indian Affairs records. 
This is Spooooktacular!
Sensory-Friendly Nights at Roger Willaims Zoo

Join us for a special sensory-friendly Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular an hour before the trail opens to the public: designed those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences and their families!

For maximum enjoyment, the over 5000 pumpkins will light up the Zoo’s Wetlands Trail, but there will be no music or special effects.
Tickets for the Sensory-Friendly nights are for sale at the Zoo's Admissions both ONLY.
All other tickets are for purchase on-line.
Dates: Monday, October 23 & Tuesday, October 24
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 pm

Pricing: Sensory-Friendly Tickets are available for purchase in person ONLY at the Zoo’s admissions booth. Ticket prices are $16 for adults; $13 for children (ages 2-12); toddlers 1 and under are always free.

Roger Williams Park Zoo members save $2 off adult and $1 off child tickets.

Members must present a current Roger Williams Park Zoo membership card and another form of matching photo I.D.

Please note: Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is open rain or shine. In the case of light to moderate rain, the show will be open.
Looking for More October Fun in Rhode Island?

Please call or visit the event website to confirm accessibility.
Providence Performing Arts Center - OCT. 25—30: In Tootsie, laugh out loud with Michael Dorsey, the talented but difficult actor struggling to find work until a show-stopping act of desperation earns him the role of a lifetime. The musical features a Tony Award-winning book by Robert Horn as well as a score by Tony winner David Yazbek. $38–$80. Visit the website for dates and times. 220 Weybosset St., Providence, 421-2787, 
Experience Rhode Island - THROUGH OCT. 31: Fall deeper in love with the Creative Capital during the Discover Providence Tour, where you’ll hear stories about the city’s exciting neighborhoods and the people in them. Explore locations including College Hill, Federal Hill and the State House. Mon.–Thurs. 1 p.m.; Fri.–Sat. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. $35. Meet at the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, 886-0733,

Providence River Boat Company - THROUGH NOV. 1: Brave the dark waters of the Providence Marina during the Haunted Boat Tour, where passengers can learn more about the city’s deceased and restless souls while getting a view of historic architecture, moonlit bridges and cobblestone walkways. Reserve your spot online and dress according to the weather. Visit the website for dates and times. $27–$30. 101 Dyer St., Providence, 580-2628,

Rail Explorers Tour- ONGOING: Take a bite out of Sunday brunch or check out the night sky with Rail Explorers in themed, pedal-powered tours — with snacks — from the Southern Circuit to Bayside Station. Thurs.–Mon.; see website for tour times and ticket prices. 1 Alexander Rd., Portsmouth, 877-833-8588,

Rhode Island Red Food Tours - ONGOING: Explore your favorite Rhody neighborhoods in the capital city and the City by the Sea with a food tour. Walking tours include delicious food samplings plus alcohol pairings at six local restaurants. Reservations are required. Thurs.–Sun. at noon. $74–$89. Various locations in Providence and Newport,

Studio Playground - THROUGH NOV. 12: Feel empowered during an eight-week acting class with Studio Playground. Children ages eight to ten can explore the art of improvisation, participate in acting games and expand their storytelling skills while building confidence and bonding with their other theater mates. Sat. 11 a.m.–noon. $350. Visit website for reservations. Rhode Island School for the Deaf, 1 Corliss Park, Providence,

Hawk Watch at Napatree Point - OCT. 22: Join the Audubon Society in searching for hawks in Westerly’s Napatree Point, one of the best locations to also find eagles, falcons and accipiters, as well as monarch butterflies, swallows and any remaining shorebirds. Registration is required. 10 a.m.–noon. Members $15; nonmembers $20. Napatree Point Conservation Area, Westerly, 949-5454,

Spooktacular and Kid’s Craft Day - OCT. 22: Young Picassos and Kahlos — come together and create a variety of family-friendly Halloween crafts, view demonstrations and participate in activities, and partake in a few delicious spooky-seasoned treats. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 1859 Mooresfield Rd., Kingston, 789-9072,
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Building Inclusive Futures
Building Inclusive Futures is a program that guides individuals with disabilities who are transitioning into adulthood. Individuals, with their loved ones, can discover their skills and explore further education or employment opportunities, and more! Together, The Arc Rhode Island, the participants, their families, and loved ones find themselves a source of extraordinary support to building their inclusive futures!

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The Arc of Rhode Island, in partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island, is funded by The Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH)
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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.”

Here are some key points to understand about the differences between an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and a 504 plan.

  • An IEP is a plan for special education and related services that provides individualized instruction and goals for students with disabilities who need them to make progress in school1. A 504 plan is a plan for accommodations and modifications that provides equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities who need them to learn alongside their peers.

  • An IEP is governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which is a federal special education law that requires schools to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to eligible students. A 504 plan is governed by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in any program that receives federal funding.

  • To qualify for an IEP, a student must have one or more of the 13 disabilities listed in IDEA, such as learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, etc., and the disability must affect the student’s educational performance and/or ability to learn and benefit from the general education curriculum. The student must also need specialized instruction to make progress in school. To qualify for a 504 plan, a student must have any disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as learning, reading, communicating, thinking, etc. The student must also need accommodations or changes to the learning environment to address their disability-related needs. Find out more
Special needs student can return to Ponaganset – for now
Tracey Miller, has been fighting to keep her daughter, Isabella at Ponaganset, arguing that changing schools would be detrimental to her education and health. Ponaganset officials have said they would accept Isabella, but only if $117,000 in tuition is paid because Johnston offers the same services. Johnston officials said they would pay $17,000 for the out-of-district transfer.

Faster Autism Diagnosis?
Yes, there is an FDA-approved eye-tracking device that can help diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD) called EarliPoint Evaluation12. The device is authorized for use in children between 16 and 30 months of age to aid in the diagnosis and assessment of autism. The tool tracks a toddler’s looking behavior and assesses focal points 120 times per second while the child watches social scenes on a video screen. The device uses infrared light to follow a baby’s eye movement as they watch a series of movies showing geometric shapes moving around. The tool has successfully helped diagnose children with autism at just 12 months of age, and in only minutes instead of hours. The tool monitors a video viewer’s eye movements at a rate of 120 times a second. Find Out More
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