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Accessible Rhode Island

(401) 944-3949

A website that lists libraries, restaurants, museums, cinemas and cultural sites that have been surveyed according to the guidelines for identifying accessibility outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

R.I. Adaptive Telephone Equipment Program (ATEL)

c/o Vocational Resources, Inc.
100 Houghton Street
Providence, RI 02904
(401) 276-0875 (voice)
(401) 861-6677 (TDD)

The ATEL Program loans telephone equipment to residents of the State of Rhode Island who have hearing, speech, or neuromuscular (unable to dial or hold a receiver) impairments.

Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP)

Office of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation
40 Fountain St.
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421.7005Voice
(401) 421.7016 (TDD)
(401) 222.3574 (FAX)
(401) 272.8090 (Spanish)

The purpose of Assistive Technology Access Partnership is to bring about systems change and advocacy through a comprehensive, consumer-responsive partnership of Rhode Island resources to maximize the timely delivery of appropriate assistive technology devices and services to Rhode Islanders with disabilities of all ages.

Camp Mauchatea

P.O. Box 284
Greenville, RI 02828
(401) 949-2442

A camp for Rhode Islanders aged 6 to 17, who are legally blind. The camp provides summer recreation at no cost to children who are blind, including those with multiple handicaps. Camp Mauchatea is sponsored by the Rhode Island Lions Sight Foundation

Community Provider Network of RI (CPNRI)

1130 Ten Rod Road
C-104
North Kingstown, RI 02852
(401) 295-5757
(401) 295-5462 Fax

CPNRI represents twenty-six private providers of services and supports to people with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island.

Department of Human Services – Disability Determination Services (DDS)

40 Fountain Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 222-3182
(401) 222-1389 TTY
(401) 222-3868 Fax
Contact: Deborah Cannon
(401) 222-3182 x 259

DHS offers a broad spectrum of high-quality programs and benefits including those aimed at promoting family and individual self-sufficiency as well as those designed to improve the health status of Rhode Islanders.

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Governor’s Advisory Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired

40 Fountain St.
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-7005 Voice
(401) 421-7016 TDD
(401) 222-3574 Fax
(401) 272-8090 Spanish

The council is an advisory body appointed by the Governor and mandated by state law that advises the Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired regarding the programs provided by the agency. Participates in working relationship with the State Rehabilitation Council and Statewide Independent Living Council.

Governor’s Commission on Disabilities

John O. Pastore Center
41 Cherry Dale Court
Cranston, RI 02920-3049
(401) 462-0100
(401) 462-0101 TTY
(401) 462-0106 Fax

To ensure that all people with disabilities are afforded the opportunities to exercise all the rights and reponsibilities 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.

High Road School of Providence

100 Houghton Street
Providence, RI 02904
(401) 751-5800 Voice
(401) 751-5900 Fax

High Road School specializes in serving students facing learning language, and social challenges. Help children with special needs succeed - in the classroom, at home, and in the community.

IN-SIGHT

43 Jefferson Boulevard
Warwick, RI 02888
(401) 941-3322 Voice
(401) 941-3356 Fax
E-mail: insightri@gmail.com

IN-SIGHT is a private, non-profit organization incorporated in 1925 to serve the needs of Rhode Island's blind and visually-impaired population of all ages.

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Learning Disabilities Association of America, Rhode Island

11 Chaloner Court
Cranston, RI 02921
(401) 946-6968

LDA's mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.

Long Term Care Coordinating Council

Office of the Lt. Governor
Room 116, State House
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2371 Voice
(401) 222-2012 Fax
E-mail: riltgov@ltgov.ri.gov

The Long Term Care Coordinating Council was formed under RI General Law 23-17. to ensure the highest degree of quality and accessibility in caring for our elderly and disabled citizens, and in aiding the families and loved ones who support them in their daily lives.

Meeting Street

1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
(401) 533-9100
(401) 533-9101 Fax
E-mail: info@meetingstreet.org

Meeting Street is an internationally acclaimed educational innovator for learners of all abilities, from infancy through young adulthood. For six decades, Meeting Street has been a pioneer and leader in designing and advocating for inclusion, early intervention, and educational and therapeutic services for children.

National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island

P.O Box 154564
Riverside, RI 02915
(401) 433-2606
(877) 383-3682
E-mail: info@nfbri.org

The NFB improves blind people’s lives through advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence. R.I. NFB is an affiliate of the National Federation of the Blind.

New England ADA and Accessible IT Center

200 Portland Street, Suite 1
Boston, MA 02114
1-617-695-1225 (Voice/TTY)
1-800-949-4232 TTY (voice/ TTY- in New England Only)
1-617-482-8099 Fax
E-mail: ADAinfo@NewEnglandADA.org

The New England ADA & Accessible IT Center provides information and guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508, and accessible information technology to individuals living in New England.

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Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL)

1944 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02889
(401) 738-1013 ext. 13 (Info and Referral Specialist)
1-866-857-1161 (Toll Free - Voice)
(401) 738-1015 (Main Office - TTY)
(401) 738-1083 Fax
E-mail: info@oscil.org

Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL) is a consumer controlled, community based, nonprofit organization established to provide a range of independent living services to enhance, through self direction, the quality of life of Rhode Islanders with significant disability and to promote integration into the community.

Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS)

40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-7005
(401) 421-7016 TDD
(401) 222-3574 Fax
(401) 272-8090 (Spanish)

The mission of the Office of Rehabilitation Services is to empower individuals with disabilities to choose, prepare for, obtain and maintain employment; economic self-sufficiency, independence, and integration into society.

Office of Special Healthcare Needs

3 Capitol Hill, Room 302
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-5929
1-800-942-7434 Voice
(401) 222-5960 (out of state)
(401) 222-6548 Fax
TTY: 711

The Office of Special Healthcare Needs (the Office), ensures family-centered, community based, systems of services for children and youth with special healthcare needs.

PAL

96 Rolfe St.
Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 785-2100 voice
(401) 785-2186 Fax
(800) 745-5555 TTD (Relay RI)

PAL is a statewide, non-profit organization that was built on the need to support and empower families and people with disabilities as they advocate for themselves.

PARI Independent Living Center

500 Prospect Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860-6259
(401) 725-1966 Voice / TDD
(401) 725-2104 Fax

PARI was incorporated in 1980 as a "consumer-directed" Independent Living Center. Our staff works with people with any kind of disability to identify goals and provide training, equipment, advocacy, and counseling to help them to achieve their goals.

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Re-Focus, Inc.

45 Greeley St
Providence, RI 02904
(401) 272-1600
(401) 751-1378 Fax

Re-Focus, Inc. is a non-profit human service agency which serves adults with differing physical and developmental needs.

Rhode Island Department of Elderly Affairs

Hazard Building #74
West Road
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 462-3000 Voice
(401) 462-0740 TDD
(401) 462-0503 Fax

DEA is the state’s primary agency devoted to the development, implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive system of community-based programs and services for seniors. The DEA is also designated as the state’s single planning and services area agency on aging under the provisions of the Older Americans Act. DEA, through its community partners, serves the needs of 225,000 seniors and adults.

Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education / Office for Diverse Learners

255 Westminster Street, 4th floor
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-8999 Voice
(401) 222-6030 Fax

The goal of the Office of Diverse Learners is to ensure that children with diverse learning needs are provided equal access to a public education and that schools develop effective, unified strategies for meeting the needs of each unique learner.

Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council

400 Bald Hill Rd., Suite 515
Warwick, RI 02886
(401) 737-1238 voice/TDD
(401) 737-3395 Fax
e-mail: riddc@riddc.org

The Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council wants to help make sure that men, women and children who have a developmental disability fully participate in family and community life. Most are people with developmental disabilities and their family members.

Rhode Island Disability Law Center

275 Westminster St., Suite 401
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 831-3150
(401) 831-5335 TDD
(401) 274-5568 Fax
1-800-733-5332

Clients Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC) provides free legal assistance to persons with disabilities. For more information visit the Read Statement of Priorities section.

Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN)

1210 Pontiac Ave.
Cranston, RI 02920
(401) 270-0101
1-800-464-3399
(401) 270-7049 Fax

RIPIN offers eleven programs and services to families with children in RI, including families of children with special needs. RIPIN serves more than 65,000 Rhode Islanders each year.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority

265 Melrose Street
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 781-9400 (Buses)
(401) 784-9500, ext. 604 (Bus Pass Program)
(401) 461-9760 or 1-800-479-6902 (RIDE Vans)
(401) 784-9523 Fax

Maintains a fleet of 240 buses, including 20 CNG trolleys and 5 CNG 30’ buses, 125 paratransit vans, 19 Flex vans, and 1 ferry boat. To serve individuals with disabilities who are unable to use regular bus service. RIPTA provides ADA Paratransit Services through the RIde program for Seniors and People with Disabilities.

Rhode Island Rehabilitation Association

40 Fountain St
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-7005
(401) 421-7016 TTY
(401) 222-3583 Fax
Contact: Michael Lombardi, President Elect
E-mail: malombardi@ors.ri.gov

The Rhode Island Rehabilitation Association is a chapter and affiliate of the National Rehabilitation Association. RIRA is an action agent that promotes ethical and excellent rehabilitation practices, professional development, networking, advocacy, public information and education.

Rhode Island Relay

Dial 711 for easy access to Relay
1-800-745-5555 TTY Relay Number
1-866-355-9214 Spanish Relay
1-800-745-6575 Voice Relay
1-866-355-9213 Speech to Speech

ASCII A communication link between Text Telephone (TTY) users and those who use a traditional telephone. The service is provided 24 hours a day, every day. There is no charge to access RIR and all calls are handled in strict confidence.

R.I. Department of Special Education Advisory Committee

255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903-3400
(401) 222-8349 Voice
(401) 222-6030 Fax

The Rhode Island Special Education Advisory Committee (RISEAC) advises the Commissioner and Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education. Membership of the committee is composed of individuals involved in or concerned with education of children with disabilities.

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Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI)

40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2300
(401) 421-7016 TDD
(401) 222-1328 Fax

The purpose of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to provide eligible individuals with visual impairments the opportunities and support that will enable them to become independent, active, self-sustaining members of their community.

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave
Providence, RI 02908-1991
(401) 456-8072 Voice
(401) 456-8773 TTY
(401) 456-8150 Fax

The mission of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is to promote the community membership of individuals with disabilities in school, work and society.

State Rehabilitation Council

C/o Nancy Baker
40 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 421-7005 ext. 311 Voice
(401) 421-7016 (TDD)
E-mail:src_aa@cox.net

The Council is a citizen advisory body appointed by the Governor and mandated by the Rehabilitation Act as amended. The SRC is an independent body of diverse members that works together to insure continuous improvement in the Office of Rehabilitation Services.

Statewide Independent Living Council

93 Gooding Avenue, Suite 3
Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-8949 Voice
(401) 253-8929 Fax

The RI Statewide Independent Living Council (RISILC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Independent Living for people with disabilities throughout the state. The Council has joint responsibility with the Office of Rehabilitation Services for developing and monitoring Rhode Island’s State Plan for Independent Living.

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Talking Books Plus

One Capitol Hill, 4th Floor
Providence, RI 02908
(401) 574-9310 Voice
(401) 574-9320 Fax
711 TTY
E-mail: tbplus@olis.ri.gov
www.olis.ri.gov/tbp

Talking Books Plus is the Rhode Island Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and functions as a public library for Rhode Island residents who are unable to read standard print. Talking Books Plus lends reading materials in audio and digital format and specially designed equipment free of charge through the U.S. Postal Service.

TECHACCESS of RI

110 Jefferson Boulevard, Suite I
Warwick, Rhode Island 02888-3854
(401) 463-0202 TTY, Voice
(401) 463-3433 Fax
1- 800-916-TECH (8324)(In-state only)

TechACCESS of RI is a private, not for profit resource center that serves people with disabilities who are interested in assistive technology. Assistive Technology is any device which helps a person with a disability function better at home, work, school, or in the community.

Training through Placement, Inc.

20 Marblehead Ave
North Providence, RI 02904
(401) 353-0220
(401) 353-8126 Fax
1-800-745-5555 TTY

TTP, Inc. provides vocational training and placements for adults with developmental disabilities and mental health disorders.

United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island, Inc.

200 Main Street, Suite 210
P.O. Box 36
Pawtucket, RI 02862
(401) 728-1800
(401) 728-0182 Fax
E-mail: ucprisupport@ucpri.org

Since 1954, UCP Rhode Island has been serving people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities who live in the State of Rhode Island..

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