Disability Awareness Programs

Description: Voluntary health organizations committed to empowering and enhancing the lives of individuals with disability/diagnosis-specific conditions and their families through support and public awareness. Programs that offer workshops, discussion groups, activities and other types of training that sensitize participants to people with disabilities, help them experience what it is like to have a disability, and share techniques for positive communication and interaction with people who have disabilities. (AIRS PH-6200.1850)

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Cranston, RI

Address: Peter Pastore Youth Center
155 Gansett Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Services Provided: - Weekly classes are provided in the area of chair yoga, tai chi, reiki. exercise to music, and strength strengthening

- The Center provides haircuts once a month by a local hair stylist.

- We offer arts and crafts and painting classes several times a month;

- Once a month we have a “For MS Members Only” segment at which time we discuss a particular subject pertaining to day to day dealings with MS symptoms.

- We have frequent visits by drug companies that sponsor neurologists as well as MS Ambassadors who share their stories.

- Now that we have access to our own space we are able to offer night time classes for the newly diagnosed, as well as for men and women care partners.

- Additionally, we are able to network with the Masonic Grand Lodge of R.I. who help us to acquire much needed assistive devices ( ex. chair lifts, scooters, wheelchairs, transfer benches ) for our members. We also work with OSCIL (Ocean State Center for Independent Living) who provide upgrades to our members’ homes in the area of accessibility.
Provider Profiles: The MS Dream Center welcomes people with Multiple Sclerosis, their care partners, family and friends. There is no fee to join. The Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am-2 pm.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/14/2018

Warwick, RI

Organization Name: Parent Support Network of RI
Address: 535 Centerville Road, Suite 202
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-467-6855
Toll Free Phone: 800-483-8844
Fax: 401-467-6903
Eligibility: Statewide
Services Provided: Workshops and Training's
Peer to Peer systems navigation support
Support Groups
Youth Group-Youth Speaking Out and Y.O.U.T.H. Move RI
Resource Center
Fatherhood Initiative and Support Group
Provider Profiles: Statewide: Parent Support Network of RI is an organization of families supporting families with children, youth and young adults who experience or at risk for serious behavioral health challenges.
We are a voice for the behavioral health of children, youth, siblings, and families. We believe we can and will make a difference through systems transformation so children and youth can live at home or in their community, receive effective services and supports that respect and consider their cultures and strengths, and respond to their individual and family needs.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/27/2018


Framingham, MA

Organization Name: Doug Flutie Jr Foundation for Autism
Address: PO Box 2157
Framingham, MA 01703
Services Provided: The Safe & Secure Project offers SafetyNet Tracking devices to families in New England to keep their loved ones safe from the dangers of wandering.

Joey’s Fund Family Grant Program
Provides grants to New England families so they can access services for their loved ones with autism. This can be used for summer camps or recreational adaptive activities.
Provider Profiles: The goal of the Flutie Foundation is to help families affected by autism live life to the fullest.
Through our programs and partnerships, we help people with autism get access to care; lead more active lifestyles; and grow toward adult independence.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/15/2016

Lowell, MA

Organization Name: Epilepsy Foundation of New England
Address: 650 Suffolk Street
Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 617-506-6041
Fax: 617-506-6047
Email: info@epilepsynewengland.org
Services Provided: Resource Center
Education and Training
Family Programs and Support
Peer Support Groups
Summer Camp
Youth Leadership Network
The Matty Project [https://epilepsynewengland.org/programs/the-matty-project]
Provider Profiles: Epilepsy Foundation New England is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives. Epilepsy Foundation New England is an independent affiliate of Epilepsy Foundation of America; we serve the approximately 100,000 people in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island affected by epilepsy and the people who care for them. Our vision statement is Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 4/19/2019