Self Advocacy Support

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Programs that teach people who are affected by an issue the skills that are necessary to stand up for themselves, participate in decisions that are being made about their lives and secure the information, opportunities, respect and services to which they are entitled. (AIRS FP-0500.7800)

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Local Service
Statewide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth, or service at a satellite office.
Nationwide Service: Provides online resources, telehealth or services at a regional/national headquarters location.
Statewide Provider
Independence Square
500 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 877-532-5543
Statewide Provider
Address:
Independence Square
500 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 877-532-5543
Email: aina@advocatesinaction.org
Eligibility:

Over age 18. The Leadership series is a great program for those transitioning from school based to community based adult programming.

Services Provided:

The Leadership Series is a free course that we created with support from the RI Department of BHDDH as part of our mission to empower people who have a developmental disability to advocate for themselves and others.

  • Self-Advocacy Skills and Leadership Development
  • Events 

Contact Information

Provider Profiles:

Advocates in Action Rhode Island is an independent non-profit Statewide Self-Advocacy organization. Our mission is to empower people who have a developmental disability to advocate for themselves and others, to support and strengthen the Self‐Advocacy movement and to raise awareness about disability issues in the community. We strive to help people become educated about their options, aware of available resources, able to make informed decisions, in control of their own lives, and involved within the community.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 4/22/2022
51 Puritan Drive
Warwick, RI 02888
Phone: 401-785-9541
Organization Name: Personal Lifetime Advocacy Networks of Rhode Island (PLAN RI)
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Address:
51 Puritan Drive
Warwick, RI 02888
Phone: 401-785-9541
Email: planri@gmail.com
Services Provided:

A few of the areas that PLAN RI covers are:

  • Will, estate and financial planning
  • Long-term housing security
  • Maintaining government benefits
  • Personal relationships
  • Making a contribution
  • Alternatives to guardianship
  • Monitoring quality of life 
Provider Profiles:

PLAN RI is a non-profit membership organization that helps families create a safe and secure future for their loved ones with a disability. PLAN RI provides assistance in expanding a network of friends and supporters for your loved one, contributing to their quality of life now and in the future. 

Source: Rhode Island Suggest Provider Queue
Last Updated: 4/22/2022
The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3
Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-236-7210
Organization Name: Federation for Children with Special Needs
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Address:
The Schrafft Center, 529 Main Street, Suite 1M3
Boston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-236-7210
Toll Free Phone: 800-331-0688
Email: fcsninfo@fcsn.org
Languages Spoken: Multiple language line options
Eligibility:

Massachusetts residents

Services Provided:
  • 1:1 support for Massachusetts families with special education questions link
  • Training and workshops link
  • Family Leadership Development link
Provider Profiles:

The Federation empowers families so that they have the information and resources they need for their children. We work with families with children from birth to adulthood, providing individual assistance, training, and leadership development and support. We focus on education, early intervention, health care, transitions, children in foster care and group homes, and building strong family engagement to support all children, especially those children with disabilities, those at risk, and those with economic, cultural or linguistic barriers.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 4/22/2022
Nationwide Provider
PO Box 66122
Washington, DC 20035
Nationwide Provider
Address:
PO Box 66122
Washington, DC 20035
Service Categories:
Email: info@autisticadvocacy.org
Services Provided:

A national grassroots disability rights organization for the autistic community, advocating for systems change and ensuring that the voices of autistic people are heard in policy debates and the halls of power. Our staff work to advance civil rights, support self-advocacy in all its forms, and improve public perceptions of autism. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Policy advocacy toolkits, action alerts.

Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 3/1/2022
Nationwide Provider
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 202-401-4634
Nationwide Provider
Organization Name: Administration for Community Living
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Address:
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 202-401-4634
Services Provided:

Protection and Advocacy Systems (P&As) work at the state level to protect individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. There are 57 P&As in the United States and its territories, and each is independent of service-providing agencies in their states. Find local P&A Agency information at the bottom of this page.

Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 4/22/2022