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

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November 12,2015
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Rhode Island Disability Law Center seeks input on Statement of Goals and Priorities

The Rhode Island Disability Law Center (RIDLC) is seeking feedback from individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and other representatives regarding their proposed Statement of Goals and Priorities for 2016, If you would like to provide feedback, please contact the RIDLC using the contact information provided below. Please respond by December 15, 2015.

Phone:(401) 831-3150 Voice / (401) 831-5335 TTY
Email: info@ridlc.org

Download Statement of Goals and Priorities 194 kb (PDF)

October 22,2015
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RI College awarded TPSID grant to help individuals with intellectual disabilities attend college

RIC wins major federal grant to help individuals with intellectual disabilities break through barriers to higher education. Sen. Reed, who helped pass the Higher Education Opportunity Act, says new RIC program will help students with intellectual disabilities have an integrated campus experience that gives them the skills & training for self-sufficiency & successful careers.

Federal funds will enable RIC’s Sherlock Center on Disabilities to expand offerings & help students with intellectual disabilities continue learning and developing the skills they need for an independent adulthood. The new federal grant is anticipated to provide up to $1.93 million over five years to expand higher-education options for Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) was originally authorized in 2008 by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-315), which Senator Reed helped co-author and pass. The program provides federal grants to two- and four-year postsecondary education institutions to create or expand high-quality, inclusive transition postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. The goal is to establish a “Comprehensive Transition Program” (CTP) that helps students with intellectual disabilities attend college, successfully transition to the workforce, and reach their full potential.

The program will support 50-60 adolescents and young adults in obtaining a “Certificate of Community Studies” at RIC and increase programs participants’ breadth of knowledge, interest and competence across a variety of domains including academics, independent living and community participation, career discovery and development, social competence, and self-determination. Information will be made available to interested individuals and families over the next few months.

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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.
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RSVP Online

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LEAD Center Launches Employment First Website

The LEAD Center has launched the national Employment First website, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.

This website houses a host of comprehensive resources for policymakers, researchers, and stakeholder to learn about the happenings in Employment First in one convenient place. Viewers can access national data and trends as well as state specific information and state comparisons.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators

The IRIS Center at Vanderbilt Peabody College offers Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview for Educators. This informational module covers the early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and provides an overview of the difference between medical diagnosis and an educational determination of ASD.

The module also includes instructional considerations for teachers who have students with ASD in their classrooms, as well as things to keep in mind when working with families of those students.

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10 Short Films by Dan Habib Featured in SWIFT's Free Guide for Inclusive Practices

SWIFT (Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation) is a national K-8 technical assistance center that promotes the inclusive academic and social achievement of ALL students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.

Dan Habib of the Institute on Disability at UNH has worked with SWIFT to develop ten "SWIFT in 60" films. These films are now included in the SWIFT Field Guide, a tool to support the implementation of inclusive educational practices.

October 3, 2015
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Listen to recent NPR broadcasts pertaining to individuals with developmental disabilities living in Rhode Island.
Is Life Improving For Rhode Island's Developmentally Disabled Adults?, by Elisabeth Harrison, September 29, 2015
Writer Casey Nilsson joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to discuss her article in the new issue of Rhode Island Monthly.
Give Developmentally Disabled Adults More Opportunities to Thrive, by Kristin Gourlay, July 30, 2015
Tony Antosh, director of the Sherlock Center, talks with Kristin Gourlay about what has changed for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed 25 years ago.

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