Did You See....
...the Five Questions With: Kerri Zanchi posted on Providence Business News site this week? The Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities was featured discussing National Disability Employment Month as well as what the Division is doing to bring awareness to the issue of employment for individuals living with a disability. You can read the piece here.
Rhode Island's 23rd Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference hosted by RI Advocates in Action was held recently at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick with the theme "Why Not?!?"
The conference stressed empowerment, feeling confident and knowing that you have the right to ask questions about the services and supports you receive, the same way you do for everything else in life. The Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Kerri Zanchi, spoke at the opening of the conference. It was a great day!
A New Partnership for Training
You may be interested in a new training program offered through a partnership between Access Point, CVS, and the Department of Labor & Training. They are offering 8 to 10 weeks of classroom instruction that includes hands-on experience in a mock CVS store – complete with real CVS products and technology (e.g. registers and scanners) to learn and practice customer service and retail skills.
The CVS Training program will prepare Rhode Islanders with I/DD for full or part-time employment in retail careers. Program participants will develop other employment related skills including how to communicate with customers, co-workers and others, dressing for success, transportation/travel training, benefits planning and how to interview and complete hiring-related paperwork. If you are interested in learning more, click here.
Direct Support Professional Recognition Week
Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) work directly with those living with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities with the aim of assisting the individual to become integrated into the community. Direct Support Professional Recognition Week was celebrated this year from September 9 - 15. Community Provider Network of Rhode Island (CPNRI) hosted an event at the Crowne Plaza in support of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) with Developmental Disability Providers, DSP of the Year award winners from different agencies and community stakeholders. DSPs are tireless workers who serve as coaches, mentors, companions, partners, and advocates.
Kerri Zanchi, Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) spoke at the event and said it best when she stated, ”…to all our DSP award recipients past and present, your contributions represent the excellence of the Rhode Island DSP workforce. You inspire and motivate all of us not just by what you do each day but by how you do it. You know when to lead, when to follow, when to fade back and when to let go. It is this talent that promotes the potential and abilities of all individuals to be valued, independent and contributing members of their communities. On behalf of all of us at BHDDH, we thank you for your unmatched service. We are proud to be your colleagues and we will continue to work in partnership to advance your commitment and contributions to our shared goals."
Self-Directed Supports User Groups
Keep up-to-date with events for the Self-Directed Supports Network hosted by the Sherlock Center here.