During the week of the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and many other state and non-profit agencies will be conducting a weeklong series of open forums to hear concerns of people with disabilities and their families. The forums are open for all to come and speak; representatives of the sponsoring agencies will be there to listen. Policy makers and planners want to hear your concerns about current services, unmet needs, and suggestions for improving services and expanding opportunities. An ASL interpreter will be at the forum.
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. Assistive listening devices will be at all sites, and ASL Interpreters and CART Recorders have been requested for all locations. When making the ADA reservation with RIde to get to and from the public forum, tell the RIde reservationist (1-800-4796902) 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.
The Forums are sponsored by the following organizations: the National Federation of the Blind, RI Chapter; West Bay Residential Services; The Ocean State Center for Independent Living; Opportunities Unlimited for People with Differing Abilities; The Rhode Island Department of Health; AccessPoint RI; The Rhode Island Office of Rehabilitation Services; The Rhode Island Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Perspectives Corporation; The Rhode Island Disability Law Center; The Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council; The Rhode Island Statewide Independent Living Council; The Rhode Island State Longterm Care Ombudsman Program at the Alliance for Better Long Term Care.
All are welcome. For more information: Alyssa.Gleason@gcd.ri.gov