March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March 15, 2019

Each March, the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), partners with Association for University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and National Disabilities Rights Network (NDRN) to create a social media campaign that highlights the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.

RIDDC March Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
The campaign seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life, as well as awareness to the barriers that people with disabilities still sometimes face in connecting to the communities in which they live. DD Awareness Month covers three main areas: education, employment and community living. Throughout the month of March NACDD will use these themes to guide our weekly content.

The RIDDC wants to use this campaign to showcase the excellent work that is being done to celebrate and improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities in RI. If you have resources or materials that you think should be included and shared with this campaign, please send them to us! We will feature the submissions on our Facebook Page and they may be shared to audiences all across the country. Examples of resources include, but are in no way limited to, videos, news articles, photos, personal stories, promising practices, etc. Share what events your community is doing to celebrate DD Awareness Month and show us how you are making a difference during March! With your help, we can make the DD Awareness Month campaign a success.

A special element of this year’s campaign is highlighting the artwork created by people with disabilities. With the artist’s permission, NACDD will highlight their art in the DD Awareness Month campaign imagery.

 If you have a resource you would like to be shared contact Sue Babin at 401-737-1238 or submit your resource electronically to

click here to read more

Business Development (Self-Employment) February Classes Available for People with Disabilities and Community Agencies

February 13, 2019

steps to self employmentDo you know a person with a disability who wants to be his/her own boss or who has an interesting  hobby or great idea for a business (self-employment)? Do you know someone who started a business but needs support to be more profitable/successful? If so, Business Development Classes may be helpful for people to understand the various steps involved and provide information, resources and guidance for building their business.

an image of signs marking different paths to self-employmentLearning about various aspects of running a business may be the informational support people need! Developing successful businesses for people with disabilities includes accessing supports outside of the traditional human services field and using skills/connections to continually build the business— business planning, research and market analysis, production, marketing, finance, networking, etc.

For some individuals, obtaining a job working for an employer has been a really positive experience. For others, a creative approach in exploring self-employment may be more beneficial.

The RI Developmental Disabilities Council (RIDDC), in partnership with the Center for Women and Enterprise (CWE), have organized a FREE Business Development Series of 6 Classes for people with disabilities and other individuals. The first Class is Wednesday, February 20, 2019 and others scheduled every two weeks. We want to assist individuals interested in personal and financial independence to learn necessary skills and access community resources so they become profitable RI business owners!

The Classes will provide people with practical day-to-day advice, resources and ongoing TA that they can understand, assess and use in their own businesses. Staff and Business Consultants from CWE know how to work with people to write good business plans, conduct research on business ideas, identify business milestones, and set targets/goals that they can achieve in whatever industry they chose to launch.

The Series will include Six Business Development Classes: 1. Business 101 Basics… Is Entrepreneurship (Self-Employment) Right for You?;  2. Steps to Start a Small Business… Do What You Know and Love! 3. Developing an Effective “Elevator Speech” to Explain Your Business, Your Service/Product(s) and Your Goals;  4. Writing a Good Business Plan;  5. Marketing Your Business Idea; and 6. Understanding Finances, Bookkeeping, and Resources for Business Growth Opportunities

Class 1 & 2: “Business 101 Basics… Is Entrepreneurship (Self-Employment) Right for You?” And “Steps to Starting a Small Business… Do What You Know and Love!”

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Time: 10:00 am- 12:30 am

Location: Center for Women & Enterprise
132 George M Cohan Blvd.
Providence, RI, 02903

To Register for this Class or For More Information Call 737-1238 (Seating Is Limited!)

logo for the RI Developmental Disabilities Councillogo for the Center For Women & Enterprise

click here to read more

RIDDC Presents “Making a Difference Outstanding Community Service Award” to Bob Killian and Claudia Lowe

January 29, 2019

Volunteerism is integral to the success of any organization. The First Annual “Making A Difference Community Service Award”of the RIDDC has been developed to honor persons who are making significant contributions to the mission of the Council through their time, actions, talents and dedication.  The individuals selected serve as an important role model for compassion, initiative, teamwork and service always striving to make the world a better place for people with disabilities.

a photo of Claudia Lowe; Kevin Nerney, Director; Sue Babin; and Bob Killian

Claudia Lowe; Kevin Nerney, Director; Sue Babin; and Bob Killian

Sue Babin, Special Projects Coordinator, RIDDC, presented the first time awardto recognize the significant contribution of two incredible RIDDC Council members, Bob Killian and Claudia Lowe,who generously committed their time, talents and passion to bring a dream to reality, who went beyond typical actions and time of most people who volunteer and made a lasting contribution and impact in the area of self-employment for people with disabilities.

Bob and Claudia have demonstrated dedication and commitment through their consistent volunteer efforts over the last few years as members of the Council and Systems Advocacy Committee (SAC) to promote a highly successful and now signature event of the Council… “Small Business Saturday SHOP RI” as well as RIDDC’s latest efforts to provide people with disabilities the tools they need through business development classes and individual TA to help people to start their own businesses and for their businesses to grow and be successful.

Bob and Claudia have spent endless hours at Committee meetings and on nights and weekends on their own time and without hesitation took the initiative to get things done. Even more important than the time they spent on Council work is the significant outcomes of their volunteer efforts… to strengthen the spirit of young entrepreneurs to believe in themselves, to position and build “SBSSHOPRI” as a outstanding event and even more important is the benefits their work has had on the mission of the Council for social inclusion…to reshape the perspectives and values of the general public to see people with disabilities as people first, that all lives are interconnected, to recognize the contributions of new business owners who have disabilities and the impact their businesses have on economic development in RI!

Bob Killian and Claudia Lowe exemplify the true meaning of “Volunteerism”, have really made a difference and contributed to measurable change in RI as a result of their passion, ideas, community connections and actions. On behalf of the Council we want present this “Making a Difference Outstanding Community Service Award” and thank Bob and Claudia for all of their hard work and commitment!

click here to read more

Powered by Feed Informer