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July is a wonderful time of the year, there are cookouts, the beach and the 4th of July to enjoy. In this issue we have provided many types resources, including things to do and more! July is also a significant month for disability awareness. Here are some key points:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Anniversary:
July 26, 2024, marks the 34th anniversary of the ADA, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. This historic civil rights law protects the rights of people with disabilities.

Disability Pride Month:
Disability Pride Month also occurs in July, celebrating the ADA’s anniversary.
Events nationwide empower people with disabilities to take pride in who they are, fostering inclusion and awareness.

During July, take the opportunity to learn more about Disability Pride and the ADA, its impact, and the rights it provides.
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July!

- The Arc Rhode Island Staff
July Awareness Topics

2024 Theme:
“We Want a Life Like Yours”
This theme comes from The Arc’s National Council of Self-Advocates. It reflects the disability community’s dreams for life experiences that they are too often denied. 
Share Your Disability Story Using #DisabilityPride and #DisablityPrideMonth

What are you proud of?

What do you want people without disabilities to know?

Share your videos, pictures, or written answers on social media using hashtags #DisabilityPride and #DisabilityPrideMonth.

We want as many people to join the conversation as possible! Join The Arc’s celebration by following us on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and X/Twitter.
Why and How to Celebrate Disability Pride Month
Disability Pride Month is celebrated every July and is an opportunity to honor the history, achievements, experiences, and struggles of the disability community.

Why July? It marks the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), landmark legislation that broke down barriers to inclusion in society.

The History of Disability Pride Month
Disability Pride Month happens every July to mark the ADA’s anniversary, which was passed on July 26, 1990. The first celebration was a Disability Pride Day that took place in Boston in 1990. Chicago hosted the first Disability Pride Parade in 2004. Now there are events nationwide empowering people with disabilities to take pride in who they are.

Learn About the Disability Experience
Meet People With Disabilities: Visit our story hub and read this Good Housekeeping article that shines a light on what people with disabilities want society to know. The more we listen to people with disabilities and share their truths, the more we can drive positive change!

Learn About Disability Rights in the United States: 
The treatment of people with disabilities throughout our history is marked by segregation, discrimination, and attacks on their basic human rights. Learn about key moments from UC Berkley’s archive on disability rights, as well as The Arc’s history.
The Arc of Blackstone Valley
Flying Shuttles
Art & Weaving Studio

Their artwork is as diverse as the artists who create them. They have a large selection of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art, including hand-woven rugs, placemats, table runners, scarves, jewelry, original paintings and drawings, note cards, and dolls. In addition to the current inventory, hand-woven items can be customized to accommodate your size and color requirements.
Visit the Studio
Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Closed Sat & Sun
Location: 390 Pine St.Pawtucket RI 02860
Phone: (401) 365-1751
Founded in 1984, and located in Pawtucket, Flying Shuttles is a nonprofit studio, gallery, and retail shop that supports the creative abilities of artists and weavers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Want to know more?
Contact The Arc of Blackstone Valley
(401) 365-1751
Or visit their website.

See some of the work and artists below!

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The Arc Rhode Island Webinar
An Exceptional Voice of Experience for an Unprecedented Need
Drawing on an astonishing thirty-year journey as a caregiver for his wife through a medical nightmare, Peter brings an enormous wealth of experience and understanding of the heartache and harsh realities of caregivers.
Please join the Conversation with Peter Rosenberger -
Help & Hope for the Caregiver
Save the Date!

The Arc RI is excited to announce a free Webinar with Peter Rosenberger.
Topic: Care for the Caregiver
August 8th at 6:00 PM

Speaking frankly and practically, Peter equips fellow caregivers with the tools necessary to live a calmer, healthier, and even more joyful life.

Registration details to follow
Welcome to Circles of Connection: Care for the Caregiver

Are you looking for ways to connect with others who share similar interests?
Bewildered and need a safe place to find support among your community?
Could you use help with resources or just want someone to listen?

Finding all these supports is as easy as A,B,C!

Circles can provide:
o Care for the Caregiver which is essential
o New friends and an online or in-person
o Advocate and connect to community partners
o Information on services and supports available to you
o Advocacy skills to help you live the life you want
The Arc RI,
invites you to join Circles of Connection Networking with local SELAC Committees
SELAC Groups:
o Coventry
o Central Falls/Pawtucket
o Johnston/Providence
o Tiverton
o Warwick/West Warwick
Reach out to your child’s IEP/504 team, Special Education Teacher, Special Services Department or LAC Chair to start concierge services, care for the caregiver and more…
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Accessibility is Beautiful 2024!

We are excited to announce that vendors and sponsors can now sign up
Accessibility is Beautiful 2024.

August 24, 2024
The Steel Yard
The most diverse, family friendly, inclusive event of the year.
Spots fill quickly sign up now!

VENDORS: MUST sell a physical good.
Resources are welcomed to sponsor or just come network at the event.
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