Education About Disabilities/Diagnoses

Description: Programs that offer workshops, discussion groups, activities and other types of training that sensitize participants to people with disabilities, visible differences, and mental health and mental illness. Includes information for individuals and families with these conditions, as well as information to help others experience what it is like to have a disability, and share techniques for positive communication and interaction with people who have disabilities. (Adapted from AIRS PH-6200.1850 Disability Awareness Programs )

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Organization Name: Care New England
Address: 555 Prospect Street
Phone: 401-729-6200
Fax: 401-729-6203
Eligibility: birth to age 21
Services Provided: The staff of NEPIN- developmental/ behavioral pediatricians, clinical psychologists, pediatric neuropsychologists, a nurse practitioner and a parent consultant—understands that each child and adolescent is unique, so our assessments are individualized yet comprehensive as we determine how to help your child.
Services provided:
Neurodevelopmental Assessments
Lead Surveillance Assessments
Medication Consultations
Provider Profiles: The first facility of its kind in Rhode Island, NEPIN was established to assess and treat children and adolescents with disorders and disabilities that could impact their ability to learn and develop. We are affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and accredited by the American Psychiatric Association.

We are the only area facility working with children from birth up to the age of 21, offering a broad spectrum of mental and neurodevelopmental health services in one convenient location.

555 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/13/2018
Organization Name: The Autism Project
Address: 1516 Atwood Avenue
RI 02919
Phone: 401-785-2666
Fax: 401-785-2272
Eligibility: All are welcome.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Services Provided: Professional Training
Program, classroom and individual consultation
Parent Education Series and Support
Grandparent Support Groups
Social Skill Groups
Summer Camp
Provider Profiles: The Autism Project is a ‘Hub of Hope’ that connects people—with a spectrum of needs—to the available resources and education that support independent and purposeful lives.
Autism Project
1516 Atwood AVenue
Johnston, RI 02919
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/13/2018

East Providence, RI

Organization Name: Bradley Hospital
Address: Outpatient Services
1011 Veterans Memorial Parkway
East Providence, RI 02915
Phone: 401-432-1119
Eligibility: ages 5-21
Services Provided: Outpatient care for specialized behavioral health needs of individuals ages 5-21 with developmental challenges , including Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety,mood dysregulation,ADHD,adjustment problems,aggression and oppositional behavior as well as challenges to parents and families. The clinic offers Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent Training in behavior management, group therapy, Medication management, psychiatric consultation, and genetic psychiatry consultation
Provider Profiles: Clinical staff includes:
social worker
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/19/2019

Providence, RI

Organization Name: RI Department of Health
Address: 3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-5954
Toll Free Phone: 401-222-5954
Eligibility: Middle School and High School and young adults
Services Provided: Trainings
State wide youth led conference with national speakers
Provider Profiles: Dare to Dream Initiative provides opportunities for youth with special needs to develop skills, relationships and leadership ability. The Dare to Dream Initiative provides a framework for local community groups and schools to receive technical assistance to start Dare to Dream clubs and to develop Dare to Dream workshops. The workshops highlight strategies that help prepare students for college, career and independent living.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 7/1/2016
Organization Name: Hasbro Children's Hospital
Address: Potter Building
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-8638
Eligibility: ages 6-18 , referred by physician or sub-specialist
Services Provided: Pediatric and nursing monitoring
Individual and family therapy
Nutritional services
Group therapy
Instruction in a skills-building curriculum focused on mindfulness, cognitive and behavioral coping strategies, and healthy emotional expression
90 minutes daily of educational programming, coordinated with home schools
Involvement with physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and biofeedback as indicated
Provider Profiles: Our partial hospital program addresses the needs of 6-to 18-year-olds with the same range of diagnoses treated on the inpatient unit. Diagnoses may include gastrointestinal illnesses, eating disorders, diabetes, asthma, seizures, pain syndromes, somatoform disorders, and complex presentations needing diagnostic evaluations.

These children may not require an inpatient stay, but do require a high level of support due to impaired functioning in the home and school settings and/or limited response to outpatient intervention. Some patients may step down to the partial program after a stay as an inpatient, while others at high risk for hospitalization may be able to avoid an inpatient stay by participating.

The program is located in newly renovated and expanded space in the Potter Building, on the Hasbro Children’s/Rhode Island Hospital campus. Children spend an average of three to four weeks in the program, arriving Monday through Friday at 7:30 a.m. and leaving at 3:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are served. Children receive daily pediatric and psychiatric assessment and treatment.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/12/2018
Address: Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-8072
TDD: 800-745-5555
Fax: 401-456-8150
Languages Spoken: Spanish via RI Relay 711 or (866) 355-9241
Eligibility: Statewide
Services Provided: Services Provided:
• Technical assistance and training in the areas of Early Intervention, infant mental health and trauma-based care practices, inclusive practices in schools, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports in schools, learners with low incidence disabilities (vision, hearing, deaf-blindness), transition from high school, and community-based employment strategies for youth and adults.
• Services include:
o Instruction and mobility services to children who are blind or visually impaired.
o Educational Advocates for students with disabilities who are in state care.
o Benefits counseling and assistance for Social Security beneficiaries.
o Family support and navigation of services.
o Support group for self-directed support users (DDD)
o Plan writing for self-directed support users (DDD).
o Support for parents with intellectual disabilities.
o Support to students in post-secondary education.
Provider Profiles: Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). UCEDDs are evidence driven and designed to advance policies, practices, and research that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of people with disabilities, their families, and their communities. There are 67 UCEDD programs in the United States. This national network is administered through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
The Sherlock Center partners with state and national agencies, schools, institutions of higher education and community providers to implement its core functions: preservice preparation, services (including technical assistance, community education, and direct services), research, and information dissemination. As of 2016, the Sherlock Center is a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program.
Areas of Emphasis:
Early Childhood and Education
Inclusion and Community Membership
Low Incidence Disabilities
Transition, Employment and Adult Life
Workforce and Professional Development
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/5/2017
Hasbro Hospital Lower Level
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-6540
Organization Name: Hasbro Children's Hospital
Address: Hasbro Hospital Lower Level
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-6540
Fax: 401-444-6543
Services Provided: The Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Division at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
Cystic Fibrosis Center
Flexible Bronchoscopy Service
General Pediatric Pulmonary
Pulmonology Function Test Lab
Ventilator Integration Program (VIP)
We consult and provide health care for children with a range of acute and chronic respiratory conditions, including:

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
Chronic cough
Congential lung and airway abnormalities
Cystic fibrosis
Interstitial lung disease
Obstructive sleep apnea
Primary ciliary dyskinesia
Respiratory disease associated with gastroesophageal reflux
Respiratory disease associated with neurological and neuromuscular disorders
Sickle cell lung disease
Ventilator dependence
Vocal cord dysfunction
Provider Profiles: We consult and provide health care for children with a range of acute and chronic respiratory conditions.
The Cystic Fibrosis Center is certified by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Additional Office Locations
East Greenwich Specialty Clinic
1454 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
East Providence Offices
900 Warren Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 12/14/2018
Organization Name: Hasbro Children's Hospital
Address: P.O. Box 122
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-444-7563
Fax: 401-444-7018
Eligibility: If you are 13-18 years old and live with a chronic medical illness, you may be eligible to join TALC! We accept new TALC members year round.
Services Provided: The Adolescent Leadership Council ( TALC) ages 13-18 The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC) strives to prepare teenagers for the transition to adulthood and independence by providing them with mentors they can relate to. Meets monthly during school year plus a yearly overnight summer leadership camp and other events.
TALC Jr. TALC Jr. is a program for 8 to 12 year olds and their parents that meets every other month throughout the school year. TALC Jr. has the same goals as TALC but is for younger kids. Some of the teens in TALC act as mentors for TALC Jr

TALC Parent Council - focuses on a topic related to their child’s chronic illness. The group is facilitated by medical residents. At least one college age mentor (who lives with a chronic illness) joins the parent group every month to give the perspective of a young adult who has an illness and has recently transitioned from high school to college.
Provider Profiles: Transitioning from childhood to being a teenager, to the independence of young adulthood is challenging. Consider what it would be like to cope with typical teen angst and have to manage a chronic illness as well.
For teens with a variety of chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lupus, cancer, sickle cell anemia, Crohn’s disease, and epilepsy, they don’t have to do it alone. The Adolescent Leadership Council (TALC) provides a forum for adolescents ages 13-18 who are managing a chronic illness to interact with peers who are going through similar experiences and to meet college-age mentors who also have a chronic illness. Through programming, TALC members gain insights and perspective along with the confidence and advocacy skills needed to navigate their medical circumstance in the short- and long-term.
TALC teens meet monthly during the academic year, participate in social and art-related events, attend an annual team-building retreat and an annual overnight summer leadership camp. TALC also serves as the official “Youth Advisory Council” for the hospital.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/15/2018