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Success Stories From Our Parents!


"I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for helping us with our daughter. When we called you in a panic about the troubles we have been experiencing with our Daughters school, you reached out immediately and even changed your schedule in order to meet with us. You have taken the burden off of us and the overwhelming stress it takes to deal with our daughters school. We didn’t know what questions we should be asking and what our rights are for her special educational needs, We don’t understand the terminology that is being used or if our child is getting all these services she requires. We are so thankful that she has an you and your team as advocates working on her behalf. From me crying every night not knowing what I can do. To me being able to rest knowing your going to fight for our child. You have taking a huge weight off my shoulders and have educated us on what we can and still need to do to help our daughter. Thank you so much for hearing us and helping us. I want you to know your services are truly appreciated." - Family Of Elementary School Child In Warwick, RI


"Linda did a fabulous job for us as our Educational Advocate.  She prepared me for the meeting and when the team tried to brush off a concern of mine she circled back, was persistent and we were able to reach agreement on the school providing intensive Wilson services 5 times per week.  Much more than what they had been doing for my dyslexic son.  I have hope now that he can start to make up the gap in reading skills." - Parent From Exeter-West Greenwich mom

"My family could not have had a better experience. The only regret I have is not reaching out to child advocacy of RI sooner. From the first meeting each and every concern and issue was handled with the highest level of professionalism and dedication. Joanna was very active and dedicated to my child’s needs and concerned about the very best outcome considering all situations. I highly recommend this office if you have a child in need of an advocate. Thank you again for the way you have helped our family . Without your help my son would be entering his highschool years without the proper IEP." - Parent from Exeter-West Greenwich School District

"Joanna and Mary Lou have been nothing short of a blessing! Their support, guidance and encouragement were priceless in searching for a peace of mind regarding my son's education and 504 plan. Where so often parents feel alone on this front, there's nothing better than having amazing people at your side helping you advocate for the best education for your child. Thank you so much ladies for making a world of difference!" - Parent from North Kingstown School District

"It was so refreshing to speak to Joanna. She knows the education landscape in RI so well." -Parent from Cranston School District 

"Mary Lou Rossi, our Educational Advocate, was an invaluable asset during our pursuit to have an IEP put in place for our grandson. We were doing this on our own for over a year and felt the 504 was not enough. Her agency was referred to us and she assisted us in and to understand the process. Thank you so much, Mary Lou." - Parent from Providence School District

Rhode Island Advocacy for Children is now a Program of The Arc Rhode Island.

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


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