Cross Disability Coalition Has Developed A Speakers Bureau

the logo for the Speaker's BureauThe Cross Disability Coalition has been working on the development of a Speakers Bureau to provide education/training on various topics to different audiences including people with disabilities, families, advocates, agency administrators and support staff, employers and the public.

“Public Education” and “Leadership Development” are two of the Priority Areas of the Coalition. The other two areas are “Employment” and “Accessibility”.

Coalition staff Tanja Blicker-Ucran, Deanne Gagne and Jack Ringland identified Members who had an interest in the various topic areas. People met and talked about information that would be important to include. Individual Powerpoint presentations with handouts were developed for each topic area (see the flyer below) with support from DDC Staff Sue Babin and Kevin Nerney. Specific Speakers from the Coalition were then identified for each presentation.

The presentation topic areas include:

  • “You Are NOT Alone!” (Bullying)
  • “Life Is Good!” (What does “Independence, Productivity, Integration/Inclusion, and Self-Determination” mean to people with disabilities?)
  • “Employment Can WORK For You!”
  • “Let’s Talk About Money” (Financial Education)
  • “Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships and Keeping Safe”
  • “Understanding My Human Rights”
  • “Invest in Hiring People with Disabilities”
  • “Sexual Abuse Awareness”
  • “Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE Act)” (Tax Free Savings Accounts)
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
  • Person Centered Planning (“What is Person Centered Planning and HOW Can I Run My Own Meeting?”)

a photo of some members of the speaker's bureau at a presentation with RIDDC Associate Director Kevin Nerney and Special Projects Coordinator Sue BabinThe RI Developmental Disabilities Council (RIDDC) and the Cross Disability Coalition have worked collaboratively to develop this Speakers Bureau. We are very pleased with the presentations and proud of the work completed!

The Council has provided initial funding to support the start-up of the Speakers Bureau and payment to members for presentations made.


For more specific information on any of these topic areas or if you would like to have any of these presentations scheduled for a special event, group, meeting or your agency or organization, contact:

Sue Babin
Special Projects Coordinator, RIDDC
401-737-1238

Click here to view the Speaker’s Bureau flyer

Your Chance to Speak Up: 2015 Public Forums for People with Disabilities

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Public Forums to Identify the Concerns of People with Disabilities and their Families

During the week of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (signed on July 26th), the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and many other state and non-profit agencies conduct a weeklong series of open forums to hear the concerns of people with disabilities and their families.

The forums are open for anyone to come in and speak; representatives of the sponsoring agencies will be there to listen. State policy makers and planners want to hear your concerns about current services, unmet needs, and suggestions for improving services and expanding opportunities.

Monday, July 27, 2015 | 3:45 – 5:45  PM

South Providence Library
441 Prairie Avenue
Providence

Hosted by Perspectives Corporation

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | 2 – 4 PM

Warwick Public Library
600 Sandy Lane
Warwick

Hosted by the Ocean State Center for Independent Living

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 4 – 6 PM

Peace Dale Library
1057 Kingstown Rd
Peace Dale

Hosted by National Multiple Sclerosis Society RI Chapter

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 | 4 – 6  PM

Middletown Public Library
700 West Main Rd
Middletown

Hosted by Opportunities Unlimited For People With Differing Abilities

Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 1:30  – 3:30  PM

Zambarano Unit, Eleanor Slater Hospital
2090 Wallum Lake Rd
Pascoag

Hosted by Zambarano Unit, Eleanor Slater Hospital

Thursday, July 30, 2015 |  4 – 6  PM

Woonsocket Harris Public Library
303 Clinton St
Woonsocket

Hosted by RI Department of Health

Friday, July 31, 2015 | 2:45 – 4:45  PM

East Providence Public Library
41 Grove Ave
East Providence

Hosted by RI Statewide Independent Living Council and National Federation of the Blind of RI


Additional information from the governor’s Commission on Disabilities about attending the Forum:

Remarks can be made in person during the forums, faxed to 401-462-0106, e-mailed to GCD.Disabilities@gcd.ri.gov, or mailed by August 8th to:

Governor’s Commission on Disabilities
John O’ Pastore Center
41 Cherry Dale Court
Cranston, RI 02920

CART Recorders (real-time captioning) and assistive listening devices will be at all sites, courtesy of the Office of Rehabilitation Services/Assistive Technology Access Partnership. The RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will provide sign language interpreters for each forum.

To request information or accommodation, please call 401-462-0100 or 401-462-0101(tty) in advance; arrangements will be provided at no cost. Language interpreting is available with the Deptartment of Human Serivces and requests can be made to 401-462-2130 in advance.

When making the ADA reservation with RIde to get to and from the public forum, tell the RIde reservationist (1-800-479-6902) that this trip is for the Governor’s Commission’s Public Forums in order to guarantee your return trip, after normal RIde hours of operation. ADA fare is still applicable.

When attending the forum, please use unscented personal care products. Mild fragrances can constitute a toxic exposure for a person with an environmental illness.

Trauma Informed Care Conference Will Pave Way for RI System Transformation

On March 9, the DD Council partnered with the Sherlock Center, RIDE, DCYF and BHDDH to sponsor a one-day training on Trauma Informed Care.

We were fortunate enough to bring Joan Gillece, Ph.D., Director of SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care to RI to speak about trauma for people with developmental disabilities. In addition, Janice LeBel, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Program Management, Child and Adolescent Services, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health spoke about the impact of trauma on the brain. Also featured was the Dan Habib film “Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Their Stories.”  Nearly 160 people attended, representing virtually every facet of care for adults and children with developmental disabilities.

The training emphasized the concept of “comfort instead of control” when treating people with a history of trauma. The day was focused on building “empathy with” rather than “sympathy for” traumatized individuals.

Feedback from the day was overwhelmingly positive, with many people expressing a desire to maintain the momentum and excitement of the day in their own practice. The DD Council supports further efforts to facilitate implementation of this crucial element of treatment for traumatized individuals. We will be exploring ways to make the Trauma Informed Care concepts available to all.

Wil Beaudoin, Chairperson
RI Developmental Disabilities Council (RIDDC)


The presenters have kindly provided the materials from their presentations:

SAMHSA’s Trauma-Informed Approach: Key Assumptions and Principles, Dr. Joan Gilles

PowerPointPDF

The Neurobiological & Psychological Effects of Trauma, Dr. Janice Le Bel

PowerPoint | PDF

Moving Forward: Building Bridges Towards Systems Transformation and Making Trauma-Informed Care Real, Dr. Janice Le Bel

PowerPoint | PDF

Please note: files are large and may take some time to download

RI Bill Would Mandate Police Training Interacting with people with Disabilities in Distress

Cranston couple, whose 24-year-old autistic son was wrestled into handcuffs after an outburst on Newport’s Pell Bridge, are pushing for the mandated training.

By Lynn Arditi

Maren McBride-Beaudoin puts boots on her son André in the living room of their home in Cranston. The Beaudoin family supports a bill before the General Assembly that could help police properly approach people in mental distresss such as their son, who has autism.

The parents of a 24-year-old with severe autism are pressing state lawmakers to mandate training for police in dealing with people who have developmental disabilities or mental illnesses.

Maren McBride-Beaudoin and her husband, Wilfred Beaudoin, say legislation introduced into the General Assembly could help prevent dangerous confrontations such as the one police had with their son, André, last October. The young man had an emotional outburst in the back of his group home’s van while riding on the Pell Bridge. Police wrestled him into handcuffs and took him in a police car to the hospital.

Police maintain that they responded appropriately to the situation.

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Free Communications App for Emergencies

Show Me for Emergencies, an innovative, interactive app that will enhance communication between public health and emergency management personnel and volunteers and individuals with communication challenges across a variety of emergency settings.

The MA Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management has a free mobile application, Show Me for Emergencies, an innovative, interactive app that will enhance communication between public health and emergency management personnel and volunteers and individuals with communication challenges across a variety of emergency settings.
a promotional graphic for the Massachusetts Show Me for Emergencies App

The app expands upon the booklet, Show Me: A Communication Tool for Emergency Shelters, to include not only emergency shelter settings, but emergency dispensing sites, shelter in place, and evacuation scenarios as well. Within each scenario there are options to communicate information such as an individual’s preferred language, the type of emergency that’s happening, personal and medical needs, animated instructions for actions like boiling water or gathering items, etc. One of the features of the app is that once it’s downloaded to a user’s device, the app does not need internet connectivity in order to access its content.

a screenshot from the Show Me for Emergencies App showing a menu with different kinds of emergency information

screenshot from the Show Me for Emergencies app

a screenshot showing a menu in the Show Me for Emergencies App

screenshot from the Show Me for Emergencies app

Show Me for Emergencies is available to download from both the iTunes® and Google Play® stores. Click below:

download Show Me for Emergencies on the Apple App Storedownload the Show Me for Emergencies Android App on Google Play

 

For a copy of the Booklet “Show Me: A Communications Tool for Emergency Shelters” click here.