Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island will hold a hearing Tuesday. April 28 – accessible to the public by telephone – on the state’s supports for adults with developmental disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

McConnell oversees implementation of a 2014 consent decree and companion agreement mandating integration of adults with developmental disabilities in the workplace and in the community, but he has modified the requirements to cover “essential services and supports” necessary for the health and safety of the protected class in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Gina Macris is a career journalist with 43 years’ experience as a reporter for the Providence Journal. She retired in 2012. While at the Journal she wrote two series about her first-born son that won prizes from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association. Gina now publishes the Developmental Disability News.