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March 2, 2015

10 New SWIFT in 60 Mini-films Showing Inclusive Educational Practices

SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) is a national K-8 technical assistance center for academic and behavioral support that promotes achievement for all students, including student with the most extensive needs.

These films, produced by Filmmaker Dan Habib, are available on the SWIFT YouTube Channel or on Vimeo.

"Article of the Year" on Early Childhood Teacher Education Now Available Free Online

The Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education recently made its "Article of the Year" for 2013 freely available online. Research on Early Childhood Teacher Education: Evidence from Three Domains and Recommendations for Moving Forward (March 2013), by Diane M. Horma, Marilou Hysonb, and Pamela J. Winton, examines the current research base in early childhood teacher education across three domains: addressing the needs of young children with disabilities and their families; understanding and working effectively with infants and toddlers; and, building young children's competence and interest in mathematics.

The authors find that much of the current research that exists is descriptive and focused on small samples of children in a few innovative programs. They discuss the characteristics, key features, and significant gaps in the research, and identify the kinds of studies that are most needed to enhance the impact of early childhood teacher education. See also, the related 2-page FPG Snapshot, The Impact of Early Childhood Teacher Education: How to Answer the Unanswerable Question (February 2013), for a brief summary of the article.


Working Together: Understanding the Link between Diagnosis and Special Education Eligibility
April 16, 2015, Student Union Ballroom, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

For more information, contact RI Parent Information Network (RIPIN) at 401-270-0101.

A panel where educators, clinicians, and parents come together to strengthen the link between clinical community providers and the special education system.

February 5, 2015

Safety without Restraints: Trauma Informed Care
Rhode Island College
March 9, 2015, 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
Fee: $15, register by February 27th

Featured Presenters:
Joan B. Gillece, Ph.D., Director, SAMHSA National Center for Trauma Informed Care
Janice L. LeBel, Ph.D., Director, Program Management, Child & Adolescent Services, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

RI Developmental Disabilities Council, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, RIDE, BHDDH, and DCYF

January 29, 2015

New Assistive Technology (AT) Factsheets from AbleData to assist individuals and caregivers

AT for Parenting with a Disability – introduces AT products and Do-It-Yourself tips to help with daily tasks of caring for a child (PDF)

“Make Your Own” Tech Still Works for Many – highlights low-to-medium assistive devices that individuals can make on their own using common items (PDF)

Voting Success for People with Disabilities – addresses voting rights and technology to help with access (PDF)
January 14, 2015

Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship

The Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications for its scholarship that was established in 1995 by Catherine T. Murray. Catherine was a board member and a valued volunteer at OSCIL who wished to support the philosophy and spirit of OSCIL through a scholarship which would facilitate access to education for persons having disability.

Qualified applicants for this $1000 Scholarship must be Rhode Island residents with significant disability and seeking financial assistance to attend college or technical school. This can include enrollment in an academic, trade, or vocational program. This scholarship can used for the attainment of assistive/adaptive equipment or device to access such educational opportunity. Preference is based on merit, economic need and educational goals. Applicants will be screened by the Scholarship Advisory Committee. OSCIL Board, staff and their families are excluded. Applications are available at, or contact Carol McKenna, by email at or call 738-1013 ext 20. Applications must be postmarked by March 25, 2015.

January 13, 2015

Understanding Trauma’s Impact on Young Children: Implementing a Trauma-Informed Curriculum - January 29, February 12 & 26, Warwick, RI

Painful and stressful experiences early in life can have a lasting effect on children’s growth and development. This series provides a comprehensive overview of the impact of these experiences on young children and introduces Trauma-Informed Care as an effective strategy for working with these children in a child care setting. The sessions will highlight the importance of building trusting relationships and recognizing cues and triggers while supporting children with a history of trauma. Participants can earn up to 15 PD hours by attending three face-to-face sessions. For more information on this or other trainings opportunities, visit the Center for Early Learning Professionals website.

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