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rhodeisland@thearc.org
401-294-2342
1130 Ten Rod Rd.
Building E, Suite 201
North Kingstown, RI 02852
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The warm weather is here — marking the height of summer! We hope you enjoy all the festivities the summer months have to bring. There are still many cookouts to attend, beach days, and pools to dive into! All this and more, brings a spirit of celebration that makes us want to soak in every sunlit moment! So put on your bathing suit and jump into this month's newsletter.
July is a month of continued growth, exciting possibilities, and the joy of full-blown summer. We can't forget about August which is just around the corner. For many parents of school aged children, you're already planning for them to go back to school. It is a bit like the stores putting out Christmas decorations and it's not even Halloween yet!
While the summer vibes are still in the air take some time to relax and reflect. International Self-care Day is July 24th. Make a plan, and let you be you. In this issue we are sharing some inspiration, ideas, events, and resources with all that in mind. Self-care is essential to improve independence at home, at school and in the community, and will help everyone to live a more positive, happier life.
- The Arc Rhode Island Staff
Annual Backpack Drive
BACKPACKS!!
Filled with School Supplies... what's better than that?!
You can support this event by making a monetary donation, donating school supplies or gift cards.
How will you get involved and help make this year's Backpack Drive a
HUGE success?  
Donation
deadline 8/9/23

Call or Email Us to find out how to donate Backpacks, Supplies or Gift Cards!
401-294-2342
Last year's event allowed us to present 200 children with brand new backpacks filled with essential school supplies! We are collecting donations now to provide the kids their backpacks for the new school year 2023-2024. We are setting an even higher goal for this year! Please help us make this event bigger and better for children with disabilities! 
Our goal this year is to serve 300+ children
with disabilities in Rhode Island!
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July 24th, 2023 International
Self-care Day
On July 24th, 2023, it is International Self-care Day, and we should celebrate by celebrating ourselves! There are so many ideas and articles on the subject. Take a look at the links to help inspire you!
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Research Study Opportunities
If interested, please fill out our contact form: tinyurl.com/s2slab or contact: Dr. Jill Hoover, Sounds2Syntax Lab Director Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, UMass Amherst (413) 461-0875 | s2slab@comdis.umass.edu
The University Of Rhode Island
Researchers from the ASSET research group at the University of Rhode Island need your help to develop guidelines for the development of accessible virtual reality (VR) apps for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) To be eligible to participate in this study you have to be over the age of 18 years who has been diagnosed with conditions deemed as intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Examples of I/DD: autism, Downs syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome, etc. We will be conducting an in-person study with the individuals with I/DD using the Meta Quest 2 platform. The study includes an orientation video, engaging with Meta Quest 2’s First Steps app, and an interview.
The study can take place at one of the following places: (1) at a location of your choice; (2) offices of TechACCESS of Rhode Island in Cranston, RI. If you need transportation to get to Cranston, RI, we will arrange for it, we anticipate about 30 minutes of commute time followed by 90 minutes for study time; or (3) at Tyler Hall at the University of Rhode Island To take part you must:

• Be at least 18 years of age
• Have some form of I/DD Participants will receive a $30 gift card at the conclusion of the study
Massachusetts General Hospital
The Massachusetts General Hospital at the Lurie Center is recruiting for a new research study that will evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the drug fluoxetine for the treatment of depression in adults with Down syndrome.
Residents of Rhode Island are eligible.

Participants must be:

  • 18 to 45 years of age
  • diagnosed with Down syndrome
  • have symptoms of depression