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Public Information Sessions

A New Path: Employment Information Session for Families of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
James L. Maher Center, Middletown, RI
November 17, 2015
4:00 7:15 PM

Join us to learn more about employment possibilities for your adult family member with an intellectual disability. The discussion will address the possibilities for employment and community integration, employment supports and work incentives. Also hear from a panel of people successfully employed in Rhode Island. A light supper will be provide. There is no fee to attend.

RSVP online
Download Flyer and Registration Form 188 kb (PDF)

Work Incentives Public Information Sessions November 17, 2105

Do you receive SSI or SSDI? Would you like to work but are concerned that working could affect your benefits? If so, you may want to consider attending one of two public information session scheduled for November 17, 2015. These sessions are sponsored by the Northern RI Collaborative, DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services, and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities.

There will be a session on SSDI from 5:30 6:45 PM and a session on SSI from 7:00 8:15 PM. RSVP by November 12th.

Session Flyer (PDF)
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Open a My Social Security Account

To determine the type of benefits you or your family member receives, you may access this information by creating a "My Social Security" account online at Scroll down to "Sign up for my Social Security". A new screen will appear. Read and scroll down a little further. Click on "Create an account" to start the process.

Workshops & Courses

One Day Refresher
Best Practices in Employment Services
December 7, 2015
CPNRI, Warwick RI
9:00 AM 3:30 PM

The Sherlock Center is offering a one-day refresher session for seasoned employment specialists or vocational program leaders for individuals with developmental disabilities. Register by November 25th.

Online Registration Form
Session Flyer 38 kb (PDF)
SWIS & CICO-SWIS Facilitator Training Registration 33 kb (PDF) pdf logo image
Location Rhode island College, Providence, RI
Online Registration Form

Event Dates & Times:
December 14, 2015 (8:30 AM 4:30 PM)
December 15, 2015 (8:30 AM 4:30 PM)
December 16, 2015 (8:30 AM 4:00 PM)

This three-day training focuses on using SWIS and CICO-SWIS, teaching others to use SWIS and CICO-SWIS working with schools to prepare for SWIS and CICO-SWIS compatibility, and working with teams/coaches to apply a data based, decision-making model. To receive certification for SWIS and CICO-SWIS, attendance and participation for all three days is required.
Certification as Special Educator of Children with Significant Intellectual Disabilities 137 kb (PDF)- The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College and the Rhode Island Department of Education have created an opportunity for public school teachers to pursue certification as a Special Educator of Children with Significant Intellectual Disabilities (SID). Federal grant funds (obtained by the Sherlock Center) will provide partial tuition support for a cohort of teachers. The Sherlock Center is providing instruction, on-site technical assistance, and other resources.

Enrollment will be limited to twenty participants .

Interested participants MUST: Program Description and Enrollment Requirements - 137 kb (PDF) | 123 kb (WORD) - please read before completing the Enrollment Form.

Online Enrollment Form

Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Autism Education 33 kb (PDF) - Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Autism Education - The Rhode Island College Department of Special Education is offering a Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Autism Education. This certificate program is open to professionals who have a teaching certificate or related service (OT, SLP, etc.) license. Although applications are accepted on a rolling basis, to be considered for matriculation into the program for the fall semester, please have all application materials in by May 1.

Supporting Meaningful Employment Training Series: A Person-Centered Approach to Career Planning, Job Development, and Job Retention

This interactive, multi-day training is focused on best practices in person-centered employment services. Topics include: Career Planning, Job Development, Job Coaching, ORS SE Report Writing, Community and Web-based Resources, RI Labor Market Information, Job Creation/Restructuring, and SSA Work Incentives.

Introduction to Early Intervention
This introductory training covers topics critical to understanding the Early Intervention community in Rhode Island, including the values embedded in the EI system and the federal and state laws which serve as the foundation for EI services. This training is geared for all newly employed EI personnel hired within the last six months and is free of charge. The next session will be Fall 2015.

Introduction to Early Intervention Training Flyer 120 kb (PDF)
Introduction to Early Intervention Online Registration Form

Inclusion Institutes

Inclusion institutes provide the opportunity for school personnel and parents to work in teams in planning for inclusion of individual children who have developmental disabilities. Lead by Tony Antosh, these one-day institutes address barriers to meaningful inclusion. Teams usually consist of the child's parents, a special educator, a regular educator, teaching assistants, therapists, and others. Most teams also include either a principal or a special education director. Each Institute consists of one full day; meals are included.

Directions to Alton Jones 12.2 kb (PDF)

Inclusion Institute Materials:
Four planning charts are used to document information at the Inclusion Institutes. For those participants bringing laptops, you may find these files helpful in recording your information. Hard copies are provided at the training.


Traineeship/Fellowship Opportunities

Traineeship/Fellowships offered through the Sherlock Center are designed to prepare individuals from varying academic disciplines to be future leaders in the disability field. Opportunities are typically available in the disciplines of special education, school psychology, social work, early childhood, rehabilitation counseling, and other academic areas that impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. We are seeking prospective students (a) who are competent, (b) who have personal experience with individuals who have a disability, (c) who are committed to a career supporting individuals who have a disability or their families, and (d) who see themselves as future leaders. For specific information about traineeship opportunities, contact Shannon Dowd-Eagle at

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