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

Transition to Integrated Employment: A 2014 Series of Trainings and Public Forums


June 19 & 20, 2014

the rhode island college logothe paul v. sherlock center logoRhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, a federal University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, are hosting a series of public forums and workshops in 2014 focused on promoting a comprehensive approach to transition and integrated employment. The third series will be held on June 19 & 20. The details are provided below.


Workshop: Implementing the Discovery Process and Customized, Community Employment

Friday, June 20, 2014 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM
(8:15 AM Registration; 8:45 Start Time)

SAVE THE BAY, 100 Save the Bay Drive, Providence, RI  02905

Customized Employment is a strategy that provides persons with significant barriers to employment, with an alternative to traditional, competitive jobs. Customized Employment relies on a negotiated job development strategy rather than applying for competitive positions. This approach shifts the focus on a person fitting into an existing job and instead developing a customized position that fits an individual’s unique skills and support needs.   This workshop will provide an overview of proven customized employment strategies including Discovery to Customized Employment Planning, Employer Engagement and Individual Job Negotiation.

Who Should Attend:

Vocational assessment staff;  employment specialists, job developers,  DSP’s; vocational rehabilitation counselors, teachers and para-professionals, and anyone interested in understanding the strategies that support implementation of customized employment.

About the Presenter:

Michael Callahan has consulted throughout the US, Canada and Europe in the area of supported employment for the past twenty-three years. He has worked with Marc Gold & Associates (MG&A) since 1979 and has served as president of the organization since Marc Gold’s untimely death in 1982. He is an editor of a popular “how-to” book on employment for persons with severe disabilities, Getting Employed, Staying Employed (1987) and co-author of Keys to the Work Place (1997) a text on systematic instruction and natural supports in supported employment. He has written numerous articles, chapters, manuals and curriculums pertaining to employment of persons with disabilities. Michael is the vice-president of Employment for All.

Registration Fee: $15.00
Register by: June 13, 2014

(Late registrations accepted as space permits.)

Approved for CRC Credit

Public Forum: Introduction to the Discovery Process and Customized, Community Employment

Thursday, June 19, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 PM

Alger Hall, Room 110
Rhode Island College, Providence RI


Michael Callahan, President, Marc Gold & Associates
Colleen Moynihan, Director, Business Development Center, New England Business Associates (NEBA)

This forum offers an overview of customized employment as a means to engage individuals with significant disabilities into the workforce, including self -employment. Michael Callahan will highlight best practice strategies from discovery to business negotiation that support successful customized employment outcomes. Additionally, Colleen Moynihan, will discuss the pro’s and con’s to self-employment including strategies and resources that support developing a business concept to implementing the business plan.

This event is open to the public. There is no cost to attend. RSVP is requested by Monday, June 16. Directions and a parking pass will be emailed to people registering in advance. Please use the Online Registration Form to RSVP.

Approved for CRC Credit