Summertime

(singing) “S-u-m-m-e-r-t-i-m-e and the Livin’ is Easy……”. This is a time when the weather is sunny and warm and we all try to get out of our homes and go do something. Maybe take a walk (or roll) in a park or around your neighborhood and meet old friends or make new ones.

Something to consider is to check out the many FREE!! concerts in Rhode Island. Did I say “FREE!!”?? Guess what??most are. Here are some examples:

Crescent Park, near the Carousel in Riverside has concerts on Thursday evenings. And if you get hungry, stop by Blount’s Clam Shack for a bite. They also serve burgers and dogs for you non seafood lovers. The towns web site is: www.eastprovidenceri.net/recreation.

Another example of a town offering is Barrington. Their concerts are Sunday evenings and in a couple of parks around town with water views! Can’t beat that! Go to www.barrington.ri.gov and look for the link to the recreation Dept. for that info.

Another great place to look for statewide concert info is a blog called RI Blogger. Type in the following link and it will take you right there. It is: https://riblogger.com and click on the “Free Summer Concerts” button. There you will find a schedule of concerts by date and town.

At all of these concerts you will find enjoyable local and regional artists that love to entertain; so check them out. Enjoy your summer! Get out there while (singing again) “the fish are a’jumpin’ and the cotton is high……”

Jack Ringland

Coordinator

Art Project Progress

At our last meeting, July 10th, we shared some really great ideas to be displayed on a board or quilt. We handed out sheets of paper with each of the 4 Coalition goals, PUBLIC EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, LEADERSHIP and ACCESSIBILITY on the papers.

We asked that you think about these and how they can apply to you. We then want you to put that idea into a drawing or picture with maybe a word or two to tell others how you feel.

We got back some really great ideas! We asked that you do the best you can and that stick figures were okay because those could be converted to a graphic of your idea.

Even though we asked you to pick one goal; we now need you to think how each of the areas above areas might apply to you and an issue you care about.

We suggested that if you go a computer, type in one of those goals, hit the ENTER key and then images at the top of the page; you will find many images to choose from. Some of these you will want to copy and others draw freehand. Make it your own idea!

Anyway, when this is finished and mounted, the goal will be display these ideas, in a collage, at events and conferences we attend to show others what the Coalition feels are important to us!

Give it some thought as you enjoy the summer. I am sure that you will come up with some great ideas! And, don’t be afraid to ask for some help especially when it comes to using the computer.

Jack Ringland
Coordinator

Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness MonthMarch is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions people with developmental disabilities make to our society.

The National Association of Councils on Developmental
Disabilities (NACDD), Association of University Centers on
Disabilities and National Disability Rights Network have
partnered to launch a social media campaign called “Life Side-by-Side” to highlight the many ways in which people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

The RI Developmental Disabilities Council (RIDDC) and the RI Cross Disability Coalition became involved with this project a year ago and shared some stories of people in RI. We are also involved this year and want to share even more success stories of individuals! So anyone who wants to join in, jump in and help us spread the word about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, tell the personal stories of people who live with a disability and how they are involved in their communities as well as the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to their communities. Throughout the month, the Council and NACDD will be posting resources from various DD Council and states on social media including videos, blogs, toolkits and other shareable content.

You can be a part of this campaign by:

  • Submitting to the RI Developmental Disabilities Council (RIDDC) any stories (just a couple of short paragraphs), photos, videos, and/or blogs that we can share with NACDD about an individual with a disability who is involved and connected in the community
  • Download a “Life Side by Side” graphics to use on social media or in your e-mail signature.

Visit the #DDAwareness17 page for more information on the campaign.

Please email your story/information anytime in the next three weeks that you want to share as part of this national public awareness campaign.

For more information about the campaign or if you have any questions contact Sue Babin or Tanja Blicker-Ucran at RIDDC at 737-1238

Developmental Disabilities Community Forum Meetings Scheduled

the BHDDH crestThe Department of BHDDH, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), will be holding two open community forums in February 2017. The first forum is specifically for individuals and families involved with self-directed supports and the second one for all other persons.

a graphic of word bubbles with questions like 'where?', 'what?', and 'how?'The Forums are typically held quarterly. They are an opportunity for people with disabilities, families, advocates, providers and other interested persons to meet with the director and leadership staff from the department, hear about updates on different policies, topics and various initiatives. It is also an opportunity for you to provide some feedback and ask questions.

Please save the following dates and times. You can click here to check for updates on the BHDDH website.

a graphic of a note with the words 'put this on your calendar!'February 6, 2017 – Self-Directed Individuals and their Families

4:00 – 6:00 PM
Cranston Senior Center
1070 Cranston Street
Cranston, RI

February 9, 2017 – All Other Individuals and Families

4:00 – 6:00 PM
North Providence Senior Center
2 Atlantic Blvd
North Providence, RI

“Thursdays at 2”… Poems to gladden the heart

the cover of 'Thursdays at 2'James Boucher and Susan Raposo, from West Bay Residential Services, Inc., put their heads together and came up with the idea of starting a creative poetry class about 7-8 years ago. It started with a few people coming together to talk about different topics on “Thursdays at 2” and then just expanded!

a photo of Susan RaposoAccording to Susan they put pieces of paper on the wall, picked a Topic for the day and people brainstormed ideas to develop some poetry. It got everyone involved, laughing and having fun! The group even dreamed about the possibility of someday publishing a book of their favorite poems.

And then it happened! Two years ago Susan met Tracey Karner, an author and publisher, from RI, who became very interested in the group. She volunteered her time to help people in the poetry class to really develop their creative talents to publish a book on their best poems. In September 2016 there was a Release Party and book signing at Barrington Books. 66 copies of the book were sold!

The “Thursdays at 2” group has done public readings at The Elephant Tea Room, Kent Regency, Garden City Corner Bakery and other community locations. Last Monday, January 9, 2016 they gave a well-received presentation at the RI Cross Disability Coalition. Thursdays_at_2-03Susan facilitated a process where members of the Coalition developed a poem about “Snow”.

Poet Corrine Charlette told everyone that she really enjoys “Thursdays at 2” because it has helped her to meet people, overcome some shyness and poetry is a lot of FUN!


CHECK OUT THIS YOU TUBE VIDEO ALL ABOUT “THURSDAYS AT 2”