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Ruling in Rhode Island to Help Adults with Disabilities Find Better Jobs

April 10, 2014

A recent article in The New York Times detailed a US Department of Justice (DOJ)  agreement with Rhode Island to reform the state's “overreliance” on segregated work settings that exclude integrated alternatives for competitive employment for individuals with disabilities.

Rhode Island Creates First State Autism Registry

Voluntary registry will advance research and public advocacy by gathering information on individuals with autism statewide
September 16, 2013

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) is creating the first statewide registry of children and adults with autism. The voluntary registry will support autism research and public advocacy by providing a rich source of anonymous information about families affected by autism, their health and quality of life, and their access to services.

Rhode Island Autism Registry to be Created with $1.2 Million Grant

August 22, 2013

A Rhode Island-based consortium has won a $1.2 million grant to establish a first-of-its-kind registry of people with autism.

With the grant from the Simons Foundation, the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) will register 1,000 Rhode Islanders over three years. The confidential registry will eventually attempt to enroll every Rhode Islander who suffers from the neurological disorder, in the hope of gathering an unparalleled resource for autism researchers: a rigorously diagnosed and diverse selection of prospective study subjects.

Governor Chafee Conducts Ceremonial Signing of 2011 Reform Bill

August 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE (August 11, 2011) --  Governor Lincoln Chafee conducted a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 107, the legislation which made Rhode Island the 27th state to enact an autism insurance reform law. Judith Ursitti, Autism Speaks' regional director for state advocacy, worked with advocates in the state to build support for the bill in the Legislature and was on hand for the signing ceremony.

Rhode Island Becomes 27th State to Enact Autism Insurance Reform Legislation; All 6 New England States Now On Board

July 06, 2011

NEW YORK, NY (July 6, 2011) – Autism Speaks joined Rhode Island families today in applauding Governor Lincoln Chafee for signing into law Senate Bill 107, making Rhode Island the sixth and final New England state to enact autism insurance reform legislation. This new law requires insurance companies to provide coverage of autism therapies, such as applied behavior analysis (ABA), up to the age of 15.