Personal Assistance Support Services PASS

AccessPoint RI's History

AccessPoint RI is a non-profit human services organization established in 1965 to provide children and adults with developmental disabilities the means to lead full and productive lives.

Fifty years ago, parents whose adult children with disabilities had been confined to institutional living at the Joseph Ladd School, banded together to establish a more conducive environment for learning and personal growth. Initially located in the basement of a local church, within six years, the agency had erected a building to house services for 100 children and adults with disabilities. Today, the agency continues to honor these roots, keeping its commitment to meet the needs of families through providing the highest quality of services.

Under the direction of Mr. Thomas P. Kane, President and CEO, and governed by a Board of Directors, AccessPoint now provides supportive services for more than 800 adults with developmental disabilities and children with a myriad of needs. The agency specializes in services for children and adults with cognitive, physical and medical needs, supporting each person to live to his or her fullest potential. This deep expertise has expanded beyond the area of disabilities to include vocational training for a wide variety of adults through the People In Partnerships division. The agency is based in Cranston and several of its programs serve people throughout the state of Rhode Island.