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.
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.
During the week of the 27th 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 24, 2017, from 4 – 6 PM
Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St, Bristol
Hosted by The National Federation of the Blind of RI
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, from 4 – 6 PM
Warwick Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick
Hosted by the Ocean State Center for Independent Living
Wednesday July 26, 2017, from 3:30 – 5:30 PM
Peace Dale Library, 1057 Kingstown Rd, Wakefield
Hosted by National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater New England Chapter
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 4 – 6 PM
Cumberland Public Library, 1464 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland
Hosted by Seven Hills Foundation
Thursday, July 27, 2017, from 4 – 6 PM
Middletown Library, 700 W. Main Rd, Middletown
Hosted by Opportunities Unlimited For People with Differing Abilities
Friday, July 28, 2017, from 3 – 5 PM
Rochambeau Library, 708 Hope St, Providence
Hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island
Remarks can be made in person during the forums, faxed to 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 462-0100 or 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 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.