DISABILITY RESOURCES

 

There are a number of organizations in Rhode Island that can help seniors and adults with disabilities enhance their quality of life.

The Rhode Island Adaptive Telephone Equipment Loan Program (ATEL), Office of Rehabilitative Services, 40 Fountain Street, Providence, RI 02903, provides demonstrations, training, and long-term loan and device re-utilization services of specialized telephone equipment to qualified individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech impairment, who suffer from neuromuscular damage, or any disease that hinders them from using a standard telephone.
462-7857..................................222-1679 (TTY).....................www.atel.ri.gov

The Assistive Technology Access Partnership (ATAP), Office of Rehabilitative Services, 40 Fountain Street, Providence, RI 02903, is a group of agencies that work together to reduce or eliminate barriers to access and funding for assistive technology devices and services for individuals with disabilities of all ages.
421-7005...............................................................................www.atap.ri.gov

Persons who have incurred a significant disability before age 22 should call the Division of Developmental Disabilities at the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) about options for various services.
462-3201............................................................................www.bhddh.ri.gov

The EyeCare America Seniors Program serves persons who are 65 and older who do not have an ophthalmologist. They can receive no-cost medical eye care services.
1-800‑222-3937.....................................................www.eyecareamerica.org

The Rhode Island Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908, administers sign language interpreter services, information and referral.
256-5511 (V/VP)...................................................................www.cdhh.ri.gov

The Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, 41 Cherry Dale Court, Cranston, RI 02920, ensures that people with disabilities are afforded opportunities to exercise all rights and responsibilities provided to citizens of the state and  that each person with a disability is able to reach his/her maximum degree of independence,  development, productivity, and self-sufficiency.
462-0100........................711 (TTY/Relay RI)………..www.disabilities.ri.gov

IN-SIGHT, 43 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, RI 02888, helps blind and visually impaired persons develop skills in communication, mobility, orientation, self-care, and homemaking.
941-3322..............................................................................www.in-sight.org

Living in Fulfilling Environments, Inc., 490 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809, provides a wide range of community-based experiences and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.
254-2910..............................................................................www.lifeincri.org

Ocean State Center for Independent Living (OSCIL), 1944 Warwick Ave., Warwick, RI 02889, is a non-residential, consumer-driven, community-based, cross-disability, nonprofit organization providing a range of independent living services. These services include individual and community advocacy, information and referral, housing assistance, basic independent living skills training, peer support, community outreach, disability awareness, and assistance in the attainment of assistive devices and home modifications, necessary for increased independence.
738-1013..........................1-866-857-1161...............................www.oscil.org

The Office of Rehabilitation Services, 40 Fountain St., Providence, RI 02903, administers Disability Determination Services for the Social Security Administration. The agency determines the medical eligibility of individuals with disabilities applying for cash benefits.

861-6671.................................................................................www.ors.ri.gov

Opportunities Unlimited For People With Differing Abilities, Inc., One Worthington Road, Cranston, RI 02920, provides support services for adults with disabilities. Services include case management, assistance with personal care, money management, and day services.
942-9044....................................................................www.oppunlimited.com

People Actively Reaching Independence (PARI), 500 Prospect St., Pawtucket, RI 02860, can provide information about services, housing, ramps and other home modifications, or transportation for adults with disabilities. PARI also runs a Personal Care Assistant Program.
725-1966 (V/TTY).................................................................www.pari-ilc.org

Relay Rhode Island/711 can connect hearing-impaired Rhode Islanders with various government agencies and also assists them in completing the call.
1-800-745-5555 (English-TTY)…………….1-866-355-9214 (Spanish-TTY)

The Rhode Island Brain Injury Resource Center, 935 Park Avenue, Cranston, RI 02910, works to improve access to educational materials and resources for survivors of brain injuries, family members, and professionals in the field.
461-6599................................................................................www.biaofri.org

Saving Sight, 1362 West Shore Road, Warwick, RI 02889, conducts glaucoma screening programs and public information campaigns to detect and fight causes of blindness.
738‑1150......................................................................www.savingsightri.org

Rhode Island State Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 40 Fountain Street, Providence, RI 02903, provides vocational rehabilitation, counseling, medical evaluation, home teaching, and other services. 

462-7917(Voice)……………...421-7016 (TTY)……………..www.ors.ri.gov

Talking Books Plus, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908, serves persons who have a visual impairment or physical disability that hinders them from using a traditional library. They can borrow books and magazines in large print, braille, or talking books on cassette or disc, free of charge. Machines and materials are shipped free directly through the U.S. mail.
574-9300...........................................................................www.olis.ri.gov/tbp

TechACCESS of Rhode Island, 100 Jefferson Boulevard, Suite 1, Warwick, RI 02888, works towards assuring that persons of all ages and disabilities will have access to technologies and technology services to encourage and support their full participation in all aspects of life.
463-0202....................................................................www.techaccess-ri.org

These centers diagnose and treat hearing, speech, language, and swallowing problems:

Memorial Hospital of Pawtucket
111 Brewster Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
729‑2022..................................723-2050 (TTY).......................www.mhri.org

Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street, Providence, RI 02903
444-5485............................................................wwwrhodeislandhospital.org

University of Rhode Island Speech and
Hearing Centers: www.uri.edu

Kingston: 25 Independence Way,
Kingston, RI 02881
874-5969, or 874-4292

Pawtucket: 500 Prospect Street,
Pawtucket, RI 02860
721-0734