Building Inclusive Futures

An Innovative Approach to Youth in Transition


What is it?

Building Inclusive Futures is a program that guides individuals with disabilities who are transitioning from childhood into adulthood. Individuals, with their loved ones, can discover their skills and explore further education or opportunities to embark on their desired careers. Together, the participants, their families, their loved ones, or trusted friends become a source of extraordinary support so that they can create a path for their future.

Who is it for?

Building Inclusive Futures focuses on youth in transition, young adults with disabilities, adults living with elderly parents, and adults newly entering the Rhode Island Disability Services. The Arc Rhode Island provides individuals with resources and referrals within Rhode Island.

What does it do?

  • Creates a VISION – Participants are actively involved in planning their future. With the use of person-centered planning tools, we intentionally focus on the preferences and required needs to live an inclusive life.
  • Builds a LIFE PLAN – It includes building supports and provides resources for individualized future goals such as employment, further education, recreation, and housing.
  • Utilizes the ACTION PLAN – Participants are guided by the written strategies and action steps created in their Life Plan and make adjustments as wanted or as necessary.
  • Work with a LIFE COACH – Through highly individualized weekly meetings, the Life Coach will mentor, encourage, guide, and record progress. The program assists participants and their families as they navigate life to pursue their dreams!

What is the goal?

The goal of The Building Inclusive Futures Program is to offer support, resources, and services to families, participants, and/or students (age 18 and over) transitioning from high school who want to be proactive and design their future.


For More Program Information: Call Us (401)294-2342


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The Arc of Rhode Island, in partnership with United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island, is funded by The Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH), The John E. Fogarty Foundation, and Moran-Ventre Charitable Foundation.

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