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Transition to Integrated Employment - April Public Forum and Training Series

Rhode Island College and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, a federal University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, are hosting a series of public forums and workshops in 2014 focused on promoting a comprehensive approach to transition and integrated employment. The second of four series will be held on April 3 and 4, 2014 at Rhode Island College. The details are provided below. Use the link provided to register online for one or both events.

Public Forum: The State of Employment for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A National Perspective on Trends and Systems Change

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Alger Hall, Room 110
Rhode Island College
Providence, RI
There is no cost to attend. Please R.S.V. P. by April 1 to received directions and a parking permit in advance.


Make it WORK: Encouraging, Supporting, and Managing Integrated Employment
Presenter: Sara Murphy, Director of WorkLink, TranCen, Inc.

Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
April 4, 2014 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM (8:15 AM Registration)
Registration Fee: $15.00
Registration Deadline: March 26, 2014
Pre-registration is required; late registrations will be accepted as space permits.

In this one-day workshop, Sara Murphy will discuss how to create meaningful, individualized services that will encourage employment and support people at work and in all aspects of life. Ms. Murphy will provide case examples and strategies for braiding program supports and managing wrap-around, community-based services. Participants will leave with a new vision for day services and programmatic tools and ideas that their organizations can implement.

April Public Forum and Training Series Flyer 145 kb (PDF)
April Public Forum and Training Series Registration Form
2014 Calendar of Events
Certification as Special Educator of Children with Significant Intellectual Disabilities 195 kb (PDF)- The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities 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. 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. The session starts Fall 2014. Enrollment will be limited to twenty participants.

Interested participants MUST:

Local and Regional Training Opportunities for Employment Professionals 231 kb (PDF) - Developed by the Employment First Provider Workgroup in partnership with Rhodes to Independence.

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: 220 kb (PDF)
A Person-Centered Approach to Career Planning, Job Development, and 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. The next session begins Fall 2014.

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 Spring 2014.

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.

Spring 2014 Inclusion Institute dates:

Online Registration Form
Print and Mail Registration Form 255 kb (PDF)

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.


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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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