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January 31, 2016

Providence Journal posts Rhode Island's progress on meeting consent decree benchmarks Posted January 27, 2016, By Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. The state is failing to meet key benchmarks of a landmark settlement requiring it to move intellectually and developmentally disabled Rhode Islanders from segregated, isolating settings into the work force and the community at large, an independent court monitor has found. The state and the city entered a consent decree with U.S. Department of Justice officials in June 2013 regarding violations of federal law and the civil rights of disabled students at a city school and a state-licensed employment program over more than two decades. Read full Journal article.

January 28, 2016

RI DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services Seeks Input on 2017 State Plan 658 kb (PDF)

The RI DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services is holding a public hearing on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI from 2:00 4:30 pm regarding the 2017 Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Section of the WIOA State Plan 658 kb PDF Comments on the draft can also be sent to ORS, Attn: Sharon DiPinto, 40 Fountain Street, Providence, RI 02903.

January 24, 2016

RIC Certificate of Community Studies - Information Forum 105 kb PDF

Where: Rhode Island College
When: February 10, 2016
Time: 5:00 6:30 PM
RSVP Online by February 8th

Join us at RI College to learn about the Certificate of Community Studies (CCS). Detailed information will be provided regarding eligibility, plan of study, and focus areas, as well as the application process and timelines. A question and answer period will follow. Light refreshments will be provided. Read more about CCS.

January 20, 2016

Healthy Lifestyles Youth Workshop offered in February 656 kb PDF

The Rhode Island Department of Health- Office of Special Needs will be offering a free workshop in February. The Healthy Lifestyles workshop is 16 hour evidence-based health and wellness curriculum, that promotes self-discovery, self-determination, health & wellness. This program teaches youth how to make smart and healthy life choices, in the areas of emotional health, nutrition, & physical fitness, working with physicians, access the healthcare, social health, relationship, boundaries, and transition. Healthy Lifestyles also places focus on the importance of goal setting, as well as self-advocacy amongst youth ages 14-21.

Date: February 16, 17 and 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Place: RI Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill Providence R.I.

January 8, 2016

Sherlock Center / RI College Employment Opportunities
The Sherlock Center at Rhode Island College invites applications for the position of Access to Integrated Employment Specialist. There are two grant funded positions which are renewable contingent upon funding.

The Sherlock Center on Disabilities recently received a grant from the US Department of Education to develop an integrated Transition and Postsecondary Education Program for Adolescents and Adults with Intellectual Disability at Rhode Island College. One of the core requirements of the grant is to promote a series of self-determination and career discovery experiences that will increase each participant's access to integrated employment. Additionally, as part of a consent agreement between the State of Rhode Island and the United States Department of Justice, the Sherlock Center is providing technical assistance to adult service providers to convert from facility-based services to integrated employment. These positions will coordinate those activities. For full job description, which includes additional responsibilities and requirements for the position and application procedures, are available online at Position is open until filled but priority will be given to individuals who apply by 01/18/2016.
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