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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

Community of Practice (CoP) in Autism in Rhode Island

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A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common interest in something they do, meet on a regular basis and seek to improve their practice (Wenger & Traynor, 2015). The goal of the CoP in Autism in RI is to bring diverse educators into a working relationship around a common interest in autism spectrum disorders to share information and improve practice. The CoP meets 3 to 4 times a year at Rhode Island College and hosts a variety of speakers who have presented on topics such as inclusion, social skills instruction, improving outcomes, and addressing challenging behavior. While the majority of group members are educators (teachers, related service providers, administrators, etc.), we also welcome individuals with disabilities, family members, community providers, clinicians, students and any other interested stakeholders.


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Paul LaCava
Associate Professor
Rhode Island College
(401) 456-9703

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2018 Autism Educator of the Year Award - Call for Nominations!

The Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Autism Education faculty at Rhode Island College is seeking nominations from the field for the 2018 Autism Educator of the Year Award. Please see the nomination form below for details.

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The Rhode Island Autism Educator of the Year Award was created to recognize and celebrate the tremendous work that goes on daily in our field. Any licensed professional (general education teacher, special educator, SLP, OT, school psychologist, social worker, etc.) who works with individuals with ASD is eligible to be nominated.

We are looking for nominations for this spring's award and will announce the winner at our next CoP meeting on May 16. Nominations may come from anyone - you don't need to be a CGS graduate to nominate someone else or to be nominated for the award.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Paul LaCava at placava@ric.edu.

March 6, 2018 CoP Meeting Summary

Over 150 attendees participated in a workshop entitled Working Together to Develop Effective IEPs for Students with ASD. This event was co-sponsored by the Sherlock Center and the Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment (RI-CART) .

The panel of speakers included:
  • Leslie Brow, Director of Student Services, Narragansett School System
  • Sue Constable, Behavior, Social and Emotional Learning Specialist, Barrington Public Schools
  • Christine Marinello, Attorney/Owner at Marinello Law, North Kingstown
  • Dr. Amy Laurent, developmental psychologist and registered pediatric occupational therapist
  • Katie Torres, Bilingual Family Support Specialist, The Autism Project
  • Trish Martins, Director of Education for Bradley's Nonpublic Special Education Schools, served as moderator.
Handouts and PowerPoint slides from the March Meeting:

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PowerPoint Slides PDF image 1.3 MB (PDF)

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Professor emeritus, Dr. Tony Antosh, presented to the Community of Practice in Autism RI at their winter meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. The event took place in the Student Union Ballroom at RIC and more than 130 participants came to hear Dr. Antosh present on "Inclusion: It's Not That Hard".
Meeting/Seminar Schedule
Space is limited. Registration is required. A confirmation and parking pass will be issued upon registering.

Next Meeting - Save the Date!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
4:00 -6:00 PM
Topic and details to be announced

Student Union Building, Ballroom
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908

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Professional Development

General letters of attendance will be available at the end of the workshop. NASW RI CEUs (2.0 credit hours) available pending approval.

Accommodations Requests

If you need a reasonable accommodation (ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate manner, etc.) to fully participate in an event, please make your request known when you register or contact Elaine Sollecito at the Sherlock Center.

Registration Questions?

Elaine Sollecito: esollecito@ric.edu

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