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Public Information Sessions

A New Path: Employment Information Session for Families of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities 193 kb (PDF)

Come to learn more about employment possibilities for your family member with an intellectual disability. The discussion will address: Possibilities for employment and community integration - hear stories from Rhode Island and around the country. Employment supports and work incentives. Hear from a panel of people successfully employed in Rhode Island.

Fall 2016 Schedule:

October 6, 2016, 5:008:15 PM
J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center
3445 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886

October 13, 2016, 5:008:15 PM
The Arc of Blackstone Valley
500 Prospect Street, Wing A
Pawtucket, RI 02860

RSVP Online
Print Flyer and Registration Form 193 kb (PDF)

Work Incentives Public Information Sessions

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 or two of the sessions scheduled for spring 2016. These sessions are sponsored by the DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities and CPNRI. You may attend one SSI session and one SSDI Session. There is no cost to participate.

Online Registration Form
Flyer and Print Registration Form 400 kb (PDF)

Session Schedule:
October 27, 1:00 2:00 PM
Topic: Overview of Work Incentives for SSI and SSDI with Questions & Answers
Location: Anchor Recovery Community Center (ARCC) 249 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

October 31, 9:30 10:45 AM
Topic: SSDI
Location: Sherlock Center, RI College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908

October 31, 11:00 AM 12:45 PM
Topic: SSI
Location: Sherlock Center, RI College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908

November 14, 1:00 2:15 PM
Topic: SSDI
Location: Davinci Center, 470 Charles Street, Providence, RI 02904

November 14, 2:30 3:45 PM
Topic: SSS
Location: Davinci Center, 470 Charles Street, Providence, RI 02904

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

Program Description, Tuition/Fees and Enrollment Requirements 520 kb (PDF)

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 is limited to twenty participants.

Online Enrollment Form

Program Description and Enrollment Requirements - 137 kb (PDF) - please read before completing the Enrollment Form.

Interested participants MUST:

Certificate of Graduate Study (CGS) in Autism Education - 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 2016.

Introduction to Early Intervention Training Flyer 130 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. Next Institute - to be announced.

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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