Hello! We would like to welcome you to the Cross Disability Website. The Coalition started in September of 2009 with assistance from the Council's Systems Advocacy Committee. The Coalition is for individuals with all disabilities to connect and talk about what is important in our lives and what we can do together to improve quality for all people! It is also an opportunity to become familiar with different services available from agencies in Rhode Island and learn what these agencies can do to support and meet the needs of individuals.
Please take a moment to browse our website and check out some of the helpful links we have provided. Come join us at one of our next meetings where you can meet new people, share your ideas, opinions, and concerns.
Thank you, and we look forward to meeting you!
Tanja Blicker-Ucran, Coordinator
Click here to view our brochure and priority issue areas.
Click here to see what people are saying about employment!
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), National Youth Leadership Network and other national allies conducted personal interviews with peers with developmental disabilities attending SABE's national self-advocacy conference to ask them about their experiences with home and community based services and access and involvement in "genuine community settings and lifestyles".
The intent of these interviews was to obtain feedback from people with disabilities representing a broad diversity of people from across the country to develop a paper to submit to Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, Administration for Community Living (ACL), with a definition of "COMMUNITY" that captures the most vital elements of community life.
In May the Cross Disability Coalition met with BHDDH Director Craig Stenning and his senior staff Tom Martin and Dave McMahon to share their “LIFE IS GOOD” Presentation and newly developed “EQUALITY” Video. Tanja Blicker-Ucran, Coordinator, sent the Director an email and requested an opportunity to meet with him to talk about the Coalition, issues of importance to members and to share “LIFE IS GOOD” and the “EQUALITY” Video”.
Quadraplegic Warwick greeting card designer lives independently, holds down a job, and says there's much more to her than just her disease
Rebecca Beaton has something to say. This surprises people. They see the 40-year-old Warwick woman in her wheelchair, unable to move anything but her head. They see Beaton's aide standing beside her. And they speak — to the aide, about Beaton.
“I will speak up,” Beaton says. “And they will get surprised.”
People make assumptions about cerebral palsy, Beaton says. They assume she can't speak; that her limitations aren't just physical but mental. And they tend to talk loud.
“I am not deaf,” Beaton says.
Beaton listens, laughs, reads and writes, and also inspires. Her preferred mode is “to go out in the community and teach people about people with disabilities.” In grade schools, high schools and colleges, Beaton educates by example.
reflections by Dennis Harvey on his personal life and how the community should treat people with disabilities
My name is Dennis Harvey I am founder & president of a small business called “Bee in Motion”. It is a Movement and Music therapeutic workshop designed to assist people with disabilities to feel better. If you would like more information about how to host a workshop, give me a call at 401-347-7288 or check out my website at: www.beeinmotionri.com
I want talk to about how the mainstream community treats persons with disabilities. Maybe those with and without disabilities can learn from each other. I also have a disability.
When I am out in the world going about my day to day life people react and respond to me in very specific ways. They usually stay out of my way, sometimes avoid me, don't speak to me and don't understand me. Sometimes they even giggle.
In high school other students were distant and UN-welcoming to me. Sometimes some people were cruel and nasty. I was spared most of the cruel nastiness because as you can see I'm a big boy. :D lol When you or I meet people we respond to each other... “Hi, how are you?” When you see a person with disability do you take that same time and social engagement? When you meet someone with a disability please stop and take an extra moment and look past the wheel chair or other obvious issue that say “I am disabled”.
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) will hold public hearings on proposed service changes in all five Rhode Island counties on May 29th, May 30th, June 3rd, June 4th, June 5th, and June 6th. The Authority announced that the proposed changes in service statewide are a result of RIPTA's ongoing Comprehensive Operational Analysis. These changes include proposed new routes and express services, scheduling improvements to better coordinate routes operating in the same corridor, modified route alignments, frequency changes to better match service with demand, and the discontinuation of certain routes and route segments.
The proposed changes would affect 56 regular bus routes and all Park and Ride service. Details on the proposed changes are available at www.ripta.com. Additionally, because ADA service is offered within a 3⁄4 mile corridor of fixed-route service, the paratransit ADA service that RIPTA provides through the RIde Program would be adjusted to reflect the fixed-route changes.
In order for consumers/families to make informed decisions about life after high school, information is needed in understanding Rhode Island's adult service system for individuals with developmental disabilities. This workshop will provide families/guardians with a basic overview of adult services. Participants will explore a variety of options that will guide their decision making in determining how to direct supports and services necessary in creating a meaningful life!
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a national resource for any employer who is interested in recruiting, hiring, and retaining qualified employees with disabilities. Click here to read more about EARN or go to earn.org today!
Deanne Gagne is now working part time as the new Assistant Coordinator for the RI Cross Disability Coalition. She will be responsible for assisting Tanja Blicker-Ucran, Coordinator, in organizing meetings and activities as well as implementing the Work Plan and Priority Areas of the Coalition.
Deanne earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College in 2006. Since 1997 she has been working as a Coordinator for Advocates in Action, which is Rhode Island's statewide Self-Advocacy Organization. She also worked for PAL, a statewide family advocacy organization, and was an Interviewer for the Rhode Island Support Intensity Scale (SIS) pilot project, developed by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Deanne's expertise includes coordinating events, public speaking, and training assistance around disability awareness issues. She was involved with the "ACT" Initiative from 2004-2010. Under the ACT Initiative PAL, DAY ONE, and the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence collaborated to better ensure safety and decrease violence against women with disabilities. She is also a trained sexuality educator and a member of the RI Sexuality Educators Network.
In 2010 Deanne started her own consultant business called "Bridge Building Services" which serves as a change agent to assist individuals, families and their networks of support to plan quality outcomes that are important and meaningful to the individual.
Hello RIPTA supporters,
I have been waiting to gather as much information as possible before sending this report about RIPTA's financing situation, so that I wouldn't misrepresent the it.
I am sad to report that right now RIPTA has been left in the cold by the budget. Legislators feel like they have accomplished much by allaying RIPTA's need to borrow money to buy buses. However, they have done absolutely nothing to fix the crisis in the financing of its operations, which is the real problem. What I hear at the statehouse is that this is the short term solution and they'll to do the big fix next year when it's not an election year and not so hard (heard that before).
Unfortunately, RIPTA is looking at a 9 million deficit that is going to cause cash flow problems in December that will make it impossible for the authority to make payroll. Let me be plain, if nothing is done and there are no service cuts as many have promised, RIPTA WILL HAVE TO CLOSE ITS DOORS IN JANUARY. That, of course, will not be allowed to happen, and instead there will be massive service cuts and fare increases proposed. There will be very little we can do to stop these cuts, because RIPTA has done everything it can to control costs.
There was some hope that RIPTA could engage in deficit spending to get through the next legislative session when the big fix would come. It is not going to happen, and the people in the general assembly have to be made to understand this fact in these waning days of the legislative session.
Please call your legislator today: You can find who your rep and senator are here
The Campaign for Disability Employment, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, has selected the winning videos in the 2012 "What can YOU do?" video contest. This nationwide contest challenged filmmakers to produce videos that show the diverse skills that people with disabilities offer and challenge misconceptions about people with disabilities in the workforce. Vote for your favorite runner-up videos.
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