The Governor’s Commission on Disabilities ensures that all people with disabilities are afforded the opportunities to exercise all the rights and responsibilities accorded to citizens of RI and each person with a disability is able to reach his/her maximum potential in independence, human development, productivity, and self-sufficiency. Call (401) 462-0104 for more information.
RI’s Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides eligible individuals with visual impairments opportunities and support that will enable them to become independent, active, self-sustaining members of their community. For more information call (401) 421-7005 or visit their website at www.ors.state.ri.us.
The Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RICDHH) is an advocating, coordinating, and service providing organization committed to promoting an environment in which deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Rhode Island are afforded equal opportunity in all aspects of their lives. The RICDHH also provides direct services in its operation of a Sign Language Interpreter/CART Referral Service, a lending library of books and videotapes, and as a clearinghouse of information and referral on all topics related to hearing loss. Call (401) 222-1205 or visit the Commission’s website at www.cdhh.ri.gov for more information.
RI Disability Law Center is the federally funded, independent, nonprofit law office designated as the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System for Rhode Islanders with disabilities. The agency promotes the civil rights of individuals with disabilities by providing individual representation, advocating for systems change, and reviewing abuse and neglect investigations. Persons with a disability in Rhode Island who are experiencing a disability-related legal problem, may contact the agency at 401-831-3150. Services provided include information, referral, advice and in select cases, legal representation. There is no fee for services.
IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
Dorcas International’s Citizenship & Immigration Services Program staff provide advice and representation on citizenship and immigration processes. The organization offers low-cost legal services to immigrants and refugees and their families. Call (401) 784-8607 for more information.
Progreso Latino’s Citizenship Program prepares students for their citizenship interview including instruction in American History and politics. Call (401) 728-5920 for more information.
Providence Public Library, Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative (RIFLI) provides free citizenship classes. Call (401) 455-8041for more information or e-mail RIFLIHR@gmail.com to register for a class.