To ensure that all people with disabilities are afforded the opportunities to exercise all the rights and responsibilities accorded to citizens of this state and each person with a disability is able to reach his/her maximum potential in independence, human development, productivity and self-sufficiency.
RIGCD Open Meeting information, including upcoming meetings, past agendas, and committee meeting minutes for all RIGCD Committees can be found here.
Legal Disclaimer: The Rhode Island Governor's Commission on Disabilities cannot provide you with legal advice or legal referrals. If you are seeking answers to legal questions, we recommend contacting a private attorney, or a relevant advocacy organization that employes attorneys. For information on choosing and working with a lawyer, you may wish to visit the Rhode Island Bar Association's website.
The RI Livable Home Modification Grant is designed to assist homeowners and renters in retrofitting residences to nationally recognized accessibility standards. The Grant will reimburse 50% of the cost of retrofitting residences, up to $5000.
One of the keys for an individual with a disability to remain in their community is the ability to get into and out of their own home and navigate safely within that home, with or without assistance. Renovating a residence by removing barriers allows the individual to stay safely and independently within their home, and out of long-term care facilities. This can also reduce falls and related ER, hospital, and rehabilitation expenses. The RI Livable Home Modification Grant helps eligible individuals to remain in their home by offsetting the cost of accessibility modifications, such as chair lifts, ramps, and accessible bathrooms and kitchens.
Applications for the Livable Home Modification Grant must be submitted and received by the RI Governor's Commission on Disabilities prior to the start of retrofitting activities to an existing residence. All retrofit projects must be completed prior to the end of the State's fiscal year, June 30th, and post-retrofit documentation must be submitted no later than July 10th of the same calendar year. Please see the RI Livable Home Modification Grant application for complete details concerning eligibility, requirements, and process.