Living an independent life is a part of Rhode Island’s history. RI was the first of the 13 original colonies to declare independence and the last to ratify the U.S. Constitution. State programs exist to help people with disabilities to be more independent through transportation, assistive technology and becoming involved in their communities.
Assistive Technology Access Partnership
The ATAP is a statewide partnership of organizations with an Assistive Technology focus. They provide a range of services including training, public awareness, demonstrations and loans.
Ocean State Center for Independent Living
The OSCIL advocates for an individual’s right to live independently by offering services , information and peer support.
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Located at Rhode Island College, the center assist individuals to live a productive and independent life within their community. They also offer assistive technology equipment, tools and services.
TechACCESS of Rhode Island
Provides information about Assistive Technology and how these devices and services can improve or maintain the capabilities of a person with disabilities.
Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council
Council members and staff work to develop programs and work with agencies to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities.
Easter Seals Rhode Island
Provides programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, their families and their communities.