Welcome to The Arc Rhode Island & Rhode Island Advocacy for Children

The Arc Rhode Island leads state-level public policy activities as well as provides training, public awareness and education, and grassroots advocacy building to protect the rights of Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

The Arc has tapped Joanna Scocchi, founder of Rhode Island Advocacy for Children, as the Director of The Arc Rhode Island Family Advocacy Network. The Arc Rhode Island Family Advocacy Network FAN joins a network of more than 620 state and local chapters that provide direct support services and advocate for the rights of people with I/DD around the country.

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Why Are We Changing Our Name?

We’re excited to announce our new name, The Arc Rhode Island! This change reflects our designation as a state chapter of The Arc and our commitment to working alongside the 600+ chapters across the country to realize our shared vision. It also brings our growing service offerings under one umbrella, including:

  • Our merger with Rhode Island Advocacy for Children, which expands our special education advocacy support services
  • Our new Circles of Connections program, which helps combat social isolation, build interest-based support networks, and nurture advocacy skills
  • Our Rhode Island Facilitators Monthly Forum: a Community of Practice to increase knowledge, share innovative ideas, and coordinate advocacy efforts

In these challenging times, we are confident these changes will help position our organization to make an impact.