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2016 University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium

By Andy | September 21, 2016


The University of Rhode Island began its popular 2016 Honors Colloquium discussion series on September 20th at 7:00pm in the Edwards Auditorium at the URI Kingston Campus.   The topic of the nine lecture series is ” Inequality and the American Dream “. The lectures are open to the public and continue each Tuesday through November 29th. For more information visit the URI Honors Colloquium website.

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2016 NFBRI State Convention October 14th and 15th,

By Andy | September 14, 2016


The 46th annual National Federation of the Blind of Rhode Island Convention will be held at the Radisson Airport Hotel , 2081 Post Road, Warwick, RI on October 14th and 15th. On the 14th, the free Assistive Technology Fair runs from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. On Saturday, there is a full day of meetings, presentations and conversations with friends. To learn more about registration for the Convention

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FEMA Region I Disability Integration Newsletter

By Donna | September 9, 2016


The Fall 2016 edition of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region I Disability Integration Newsletter offers resources for planning and responding to adverse weather and other emergency situations.  FEMA is committed to ensuring inclusive and accessible emergency management programs and services. The Newsletter is online.

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Independent Living Conference 2016

By Andy | September 7, 2016


The Ocean State Center for Independent Living is holding an IL Conference on September 15th from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. The workshops include “iPhone Solutions for increased independence”, “Laugh Yoga”, and “Exploring IL Options in Rhode Island”. The keynote speaker is John Moon from the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS). For more information contact OSCIL.

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Boston Abilities Expo September 16 – 18, 2016

By Andy | September 1, 2016


The Boston Abilities Expo will have more than 150 exhibitors demonstrating new products designed to increase independence for people with disabilities. The Expo is free to attend and held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. If you want more information or wish to register. You may also call David Korse (310) 405-1317 to register.

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College Guide for Students with Visual Loss

By Andy | August 10, 2016


Did you know that fewer than 15% of individuals with vision loss earn their bachelor’s degree? This  statistic prompted the team at BestColleges.com to research how they  might lend additional support to the visually impaired community so that more students can go to college and earn their degree.

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NFB-Newsline Expands Job Searches

By Andy | August 4, 2016


If you needed another reason to join the National Federation of the Blind, it has added USA JOBS to its job listing resources. Check out the details about using this new resource at NFB.

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Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities

By Donna | August 1, 2016


Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities or Access and Functional Needs

It’s hurricane season in Rhode Island and the Atlantic Coast. Are you prepared for a weather emergency? If you, or someone you know, has a disability or access or functional needs, be sure to take additional steps to stay safe, healthy, mobile, and independent during a disaster.

Find out about assistance programs that may be available in your local community and register in advance with your local office of emergency services, non-profit groups, and health departments. Start by registering with the RI Department of Health Special Needs Registry. Enrolling in the Special Needs Emergency Registry lets police, fire, and other first responders in your community better prepare for and respond to your needs during a hurricane, storm, or other emergency.

Many people may need extra help during a time of emergency, including people who:

Make a disaster supply kit, a “go bag”, in advance of an emergency. Stay mobile and independent by including items in your disaster supply kit that meet your needs such as:

Looking for more ways to plan? Check out this video from the Ready Campaign and the Ad Council. The video is for all communities and shows people with disabilities taking charge to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. The video provides equal access and includes open captioning, a certified deaf interpreter, and audio description for viewers who are blind or have low vision.

The Ready.gov site includes a page to support Individuals with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs.

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AFB AccessWorld Magazine

By Andy | July 28, 2016


If you want to read about online “technology news for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired ” check out the American Foundation for the Blind AFB AccessWorld Magazine

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BARD will be offline

By Neshmayda | July 27, 2016


BARD will be unavailable starting 5:00 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2016, through 8:00 a.m., Monday, August 1, 2016, EDT, to perform equipment maintenance.

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