Rhode Island Department of
Behavioral Healthcare,
Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals
Division of Developmental Disabilities
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Dear Families,
As you are aware, the Division of Developmental Disabilities is committed to  a person-centered system. The system will be built on the concept that the person remains the primary focus and allows them positive control of their lives.

Between May and August, the Division of Developmental Disabilities held sixteen public forums for self-advocates, family members, provider agencies and others to discuss Rhode Island’s move towards a person-centered system. The forums were intended to solicit input into strategies for enhancing the system. We held these forums in conjunction with the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College and received comments from approximately 150 people.
Two new forums have been set up to provide a summary of the comments and discuss next steps. The third forum will be held on Monday, October 2nd with a location and time to to be announced next week.
Monday, September 25 th
5:00-7:00 pm
Adeline LaPlante Center
126 Willard Ave.
Wakefield, RI
Parking behind the building
Wednesday, September 27 th
5:00-7:00 pm
Rhode Island College
Forman Center Auditorium 030
Rhode Island College East Campus
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI
Parking on the side and behind the building

Monday, October 2nd
Location and Time TO BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK (watch for a newsletter and check our website for the location and time).
We truly value your input and participation in this process. Please try to attend one of the sessions. No registration is needed. 

This meeting is accessible to individuals living with a disability. Any individual requiring reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this meeting should contact Thomas Mannock, Ph.D. at 401-222-6377 (voice) or #711 (R.I. Relay) at least two (2) business days prior to the meeting.


CORRECTION: In the last DD Community Newsletter, the date of the Advocates in Action Self-Advocacy Conference was incorrect. The correct date is Thursday, October 26th. Our apologies for any inconvenience this caused .

Thursday, October 26th
Advocates in Action presents Rhode Island's 22nd Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference, entitled, " It's MY Life! " at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick. Conference materials will be posted on the Advocates in Action website soon.


PLEASE NOTE: Due to Hurricane Irma, Doug Crandell has to postpone his trip to Rhode Island until late fall. We will post the new date to our website.

Thank you,
Kerri Zanchi
Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities

RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals
(401) 462-3201
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