Chairperson: Lina DuPont
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Co-Chairs: Wil Beaudoin and Celest Martin
Goal 1: The Committee promotes and develops information, activities, and materials to assist people with disabilities to achieve independence, productivity, integration, inclusion and self-determination.
This includes coordination of:
Orientation Training for new members
Quarterly Council Meetings
Public education materials to enhance the positive acceptance of people with disabilities with an emphasis on job development and employment
Customer Satisfaction Survey of Council activities, website development, Annual Report, Orientation Manual
Development of a comprehensive State Plan
Chairperson: Bob Killian
Goal 1: To identify areas of need for systems change to encourage effective service delivery models which foster:
Increased levels of independence and community inclusion
Achievement of maximum potential
Improved quality of life
Meaningful community employment, self-employment and opportunities for financial education and asset development
Promotion of human rights
Objective 1: Coordinate the development of the RI Cross Disability Coalition, a statewide self-advocacy initiative to respond to current and emerging issues on the local/state level.
Assist Coalition on projects and activities for identified Priority Areas: Leadership, Employment, Accessibility and Public Education
Objective 2: Annually identify 3-5 priority emerging issues for system advocacy.
Review and develop materials available for promoting Human Rights and preventing abuse, specifically in the area of sexual abuse
Identify strategies for promoting Employment, Business Ownership, Career Development and Asset Development for people with disabilities
Promote information on Self-Directed Supports
Collaboration with IFAC on establishing a Speakers Bureau on various topic areas including Employment, Human Rights, Inclusion, Guardianship, “Life Is Good”, etc.
Objective 3: To promote family and public education by developing informational materials, resources and a Family Blog on the DDC website
Objective 4: To provide leadership and self-determination training opportunities for people with disabilities and families and so they may become effective advocates in influencing public policy at the community, state and national levels.
Objective 5: Continue the collaborative working group comprised of the DD Network Agencies:
RI Disability Law Center (RIDLC)
Paul V. Sherlock Center (UCEDD)
other advocacy organizations
Chairperson: Mary Genco
The Policy and Advocacy Committee (PAC) monitors state/federal legislation and policy to educate and inform policymakers. The PAC identifies emerging issues and develops strategies to address issues, such as restraint and employment.
Goal 1: Track and monitor RI and federal legislation
Goal 2: Develop strategies and actions to address emerging issues:
Plan and organize statewide conference on Restraints
Monitoring and tracking of implementation of “Employment First” and RI Consent Decree
Collect information on “Cost of Care” policy issues and communicate policy recommendations to appropriate state agencies
Review state system for reporting complaints of abuse
Monitor and provide input on HCBS federal and state regulations
Monitor state collection of data for National Core Indicators (NCI)