RI LEND Resources
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
The AUCD represents a network of interdisciplinary centers working to advance policy and practice for individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and communities.
The Autism Project
The Autism Project is a unique collaboration of parents, professionals and community members who provide quality support, training, and programming that is accessible to all for children and adults with an autism spectrum disorder, their families and those who work with them.
The Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island (DSSRI)
The DSSRI is dedicated to promoting the rights, dignity, and potential of all individuals with Down syndrome through advocacy, education, public awareness, and support.
Rhode Island's Early Intervention Program promotes the growth and development of infants and toddlers who have a developmental disability or delay in one or more areas. Developmental disabilities or delays can affect a child's speech, physical ability, or social skills.
Medical Home Portal
The portal’s mission is to assist and support professionals and families in working together to care and advocate for children and youth with special health care needs by providing reliable and useful information about their conditions. They have an extensive knowledge of local and national services and resources.
The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is a part of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). UCEDDs are evidence-driven and designed to advance policies, practices and research that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with disabilities, their families, and their communities. The mission of the Sherlock Center is to promote membership of individuals with disabilities in school, at work and in the community.
Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART)
RI-CART brings together the state’s leading experts on autism research, education, health and advocacy. RI-CART is working to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders with autism spectrum disorder and related neurodevelopmental disorders by promoting collaborative, cutting-edge research, improving health care and support services, and providing data-driven education and advocacy.
Rhode Island Department of Education
Access to all the regulations that fall under the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education.
Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (RI BHDDH)
RI BHDDH serves Rhode Islanders with mental illness, substance use disorder and/or a developmental disability by maintaining a system of high quality, safe, affordable and coordinated care across the spectrum of behavioral health care services. Their mission is to promote health, safety and well-being of all Rhode Islanders by developing policies and programs that address the issues of mental illness, addiction, recovery and community support.
Rhode Island Department of Health, Family Visiting
Family visiting is provided to pregnant women and families with children up to age four. Providers visit mothers anywhere they would like to meet and connect families with support services and resources. Family visitors provide prenatal support and services for infants and toddlers, personalized attention for mothers and their babies, and provide tips to support child development and growth.
Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Special Needs
The mission of the office of special needs is to achieve appropriate community-based systems of services for children and youth with special health care needs and their families. The office of special needs ensures family/professional partnerships at all levels of decision-making. It ensures access to comprehensive health and related services through systems improvement as guided by consumer input, Healthy People 2020 Objectives, and Title V federal legislation; provides early and continuous screening, evaluation and diagnosis; helps organize community services so that families can use them easily; and works to help youth make successful transitions to all aspects of adult health care, work, and independence.
Rhode Island Parent Information Network (RIPIN)
RIPIN’s mission is to assist individuals, parents, families, and children to achieve their goals for health, education, and socio-economic well-being by providing information, training, education, support, and advocacy.
Additional Community Partners
- Brown School of Public Health, Master of Public Health Program
- Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
- St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island, Pediatric & Family Dental Center
- Women and Infants Hospital, Neonatal Follow-Up
- Rhode Island Hearing Assessment Program (RIHAP)