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May 19, 2015

Rhode Island UCEDD Director Dr. Anthony Antosh Speaks at Congressional Autism Caucus Briefing

On Thursday, April 23rd, 2015, Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA), Co-Chairs of the Coalition for Autism Research and Education, hosted a congressional Hill briefing on "Autism and the Aging Out Crisis." The briefing was held to shine a spotlight on the need for increased federal support for improved transition services for the youth and young adults with autism and their families.

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May 6, 2015

Autism on the Rise: How RIC is Changing the Outcomes

In 2014 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The prevalence of autism, according to the CDC, has been on the rise since the early 1990s.

To meet the needs of children with autism and to build the capacity of educators and school districts, in 2009 Rhode Island College established the Certificate of Graduate Studies (C.G.S.) in autism education program in partnership with the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. Open to certified teachers and related service providers, this program extends their professional knowledge and skills, and ultimately their capacity to effectively teach and support individuals with autism.

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May 2, 2015

Access for All Abilities Mini-Grants

The 2015 Access for All Abilities mini-grants cycle is now open. Eligible businesses and organizations include those providing social, leisure, recreational, and cultural activities to the general public in Rhode Island. Organizations may apply for up to $2,500. Four grants will be awarded by the Sherlock Center. The submission deadline is Friday, May 29, 2015.
April 16, 2015

Meet the New Director of BHDDH

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is hosting an opportunity for people with developmental disabilities and their families to meet Maria Montanaro, Director of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. Join the Sherlock Center in welcoming the new director and come share your issues, concerns, and ideas for reform.

April 29, 2015, 4 – 6 PM
Arnold Conference Center
111 Howard Avenue Regan Building
Cranston, RI 02920

Open House – RI Transition Academy at CCRI
May 14, 2015, 4 – 7 PM

Prospective students, families, and schools are invited to the RI Transition Academy at CCRI to meet staff, students, and learn about instruction, curriculum and tour the campus.

April 15, 2015

2015 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook
Released on April 13th

The 2015 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook tracks 71 indicators on the economic well-being, early childhood and development, K-12 education, safety, and health of Rhode Island’s children.

April 8, 2015

Isn’t it a pity? The real problem with special needs

Torrie Dunlap, TEDxAmericas
Published on Jan 12, 2015

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Kids with special needs are marginalized in our communities, and we are doing it with the best of intentions. Inclusion expert Torrie Dunlap shares why we need to change our thinking when it comes to special needs.

April 6, 2015

Do Ask, Do Tell

The “Do Ask, Do Tell” report recently released by The Conference Board, provides an interesting look at the disability disclosure in light of changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Employers with federal contracts have a new goal of 7% representation of employees with disabilities. 98 companies were surveyed and interviewed regarding current disclosure and disability-inclusive practices. Learn more at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Public Input Wanted on Employment Regulations
Deadline: April 20, 2015

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is asking for public comments on which equal employment regulations should be changed, expanded or eliminated. The Commission is reviewing its regulations in accordance with Executive Order 13563, "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review." EEOC’s review includes regulations related to employment of people with disabilities.
Please email comments to by April 20, 2015.

April 2, 2015

ADA Anniversary

Get ready to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ADA on July 26, 2015 with the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit - everything you need to share your ADA efforts and become a part of the ADA25 nationwide celebration and recommitment. Connect, Share & PLEDGE ON! to the 25th ADA Anniversary. Download Tool Kit now at
Video-on-Demand Children’s TV Programming Now Accessible for Thousands of Students with Visual or Hearing Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education announced the availability of free, video-on-demand children’s television programming for thousands of students who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. Dozens of children’s and family TV episodes may now be viewed online featuring closed captioning and descriptions through the Education Department’s Accessible Television Portal project. Among the shows: “Ocean Mysteries,” “Magic School Bus,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Expedition Wild” and “Peg + Cat.”

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