Since 1998, OSCIL’s Community Living
Option, has been a vital link in assisting persons
with disability in transitioning from nursing
homes and rehabilitation centers to less
restrictive environments. This year, OSCIL is
expanding its role in providing transition
services to include young adults (ages 18-24)
to help them develop the skills to transition
to community independence.
Some of the services that will be offered
living skills training to promote independence, i.e. decision making,
organizing time and activities of daily living, self-care, budgeting and
managing finances, accessing public transportation services, and
development of self advocacy skills.
information and referral on disability and community resources to
Establishment of a
group for young adults to address barriers to independence and
OSCIL will be offering Independent Living Skills training in
a small group setting. A pilot group is being formed to take part in a
7-week program which is still being finalized. Sessions on Developing &
Maintaining Friendships, Employment Etiquette, Social Media & Internet
Safety, Money Management & Budgeting, and Identity Theft will be held.
Sessions will run one evening per week from 6 pm – 8 pm at the OSCIL
office. Space is limited. There is no charge for this training.
To download an application to print out,
please click here.
For more information, contact Sage Neto, OSCIL’s Transition Specialist @
401-738-1013 ext. 30 or email to
OSCIL Membership Drive for 2014
In its 26th year of
operation, OSCIL continues to provide excellent services to the Rhode Island
community. Financial support through our Annual Membership Drive has given
us the ability to expand services and reach many more Rhode Islanders.
As a member, you will
receive our newsletter, Signs of Independence, which is an invaluable
resource providing information on federal and state legislation, services
available to those with disabilities, information about publications, social
events, self-help groups, community resources and other topics of interest.
You will also have the personal satisfaction of knowing that your donation
helps us to provide much needed services to people with disabilities in
If you recently renewed
your membership, thank you for your continued support. If you are a past
OSCIL member or are being asked to join for the first time, we hope that you
will consider becoming a part of the OSCIL family. Please return the
enclosed form with a suggested donation of $25 or more for an individual
membership ($5 if unemployed or retired), or $50 or more for a business or
organizational membership. Please click
here to download and print out an application.
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Deaf Services Program
OSCIL has a Deaf Services Independent
Living Specialist, Margie Molloy to serve
the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
community in RI.
You can contact her via email at
by Video Phone at 401-244-7792.
Do you have
questions about our services?
If you would like more information about OSCIL or have any questions about
our services, please call Sue, our Information and Referral
at 401-738-1013 ext. 13.
You may also email her at
Why Put Up a STINK About Fragrances?
Chemical-based products are all around us: in the clothes we
wear, in the food we eat, and in the air we breathe. While some people have
minor reactions to the chemicals around them, other people are much more
seriously affected. Such people have a condition known as Multiple Chemical
Sensitivity or MCS.
JUST A WHIFF of perfume, pesticide, or tobacco smoke could
make a person with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and allergies, sick for
hours, days, or longer.
MCS can ultimately affect an individual’s overall physical
and emotional health. As MCS gets worse, reactions become more severe and
increasingly chronic, often significantly affecting bodily functions.
Just as physical barriers prevent wheelchair access, chemical
use (i.e. fragrances) can prevent entry into public facilities for those
with MCS. Reasonable accommodations can enable people with MCS to enjoy
access to work, public facilities and other settings.
This is why OSCIL makes the following request: No fragrances
please! To accommodate those with allergies, breathing conditions or
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, please do not smoke or wear scented
products when attending OSCIL events.
collaboration with the
University of Rhode Island
(URI), PARI Independent Living
Center and the Hearing Loss
Association of RI, can assist
with the acquisition of low-cost
hearing aids at an affordable
price for those who qualify through a
Note: Income eligibility
applies for this program.
here for further
Rhode Island Special Needs Registry
The Rhode Island Department of Health
(HEALTH) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) have
joined together to develop a registry for Rhode Islanders with disabilities,
chronic conditions, and other special healthcare needs. This system is
designed to identify individuals who require special assistance during
emergencies. Enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but
allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for, and respond
to the needs of the community.
information or to register, please visit their website at:
Accessible Taxi Cabs
about Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Cabs in RI, please click
Grant Funding for the Visually Impaired
The Ocean State Center for
Independent Living is the
recipient of special program
funding from the RI Foundation
to provide information and
assistive technology to RI
residents with visual
impairments.. This program provides
assistance and services to those
individuals who are visually
impaired to promote increased
independence in their home
having visual impairment who
could benefit from services to
enhance independence is
encouraged to contact OSCIL.
We can provide peer support,
connection to community support
services; and assistance with
the acquisition and purchase of
special assistive devices or
equipment that could increase
us at 738-1013 x 13 and speak
with Susan or email her at
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about upcoming events and information, please send an email to us at