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

Community of Practice (CoP) in Autism in Rhode Island

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A community of practice (CoP) is a group of people who share a common interest in something they do, meet on a regular basis and seek to improve their practice (Wenger & Traynor, 2015). The goal of the CoP in Autism in RI is to bring diverse educators into a working relationship around a common interest in autism spectrum disorders to share information and improve practice. The CoP meets 3 to 4 times a year at Rhode Island College and hosts a variety of speakers who have presented on topics such as inclusion, social skills instruction, improving outcomes, and addressing challenging behavior. While the majority of group members are educators (teachers, related service providers, administrators, etc.), we also welcome individuals with disabilities, family members, community providers, clinicians, students and any other interested stakeholders.


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Paul LaCava
Associate Professor
Rhode Island College
(401) 456-9703

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Next Meeting

December 8, 2020
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Facilitating the Post-Secondary Transition—Using High School Booster Clubs

James Williams

After aging out of the educational system, many people with autism experience the loss of social connections and services. James Williams will share how he maintained social connections at his former high school as a member of its booster club, how the booster club helped him manage life after high school, and how high school booster clubs can assist individuals with autism after transitioning out of public education.

Sponsored by:

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Professional Development
  • A general letter of attendance will be available at the end of the presentation.
  • Continuing Education credits (2.0 credit hours) from NASW-RI will be available pending approval.

Accommodations/Language Requests

If you need a reasonable accommodation (e.g., ASL Interpreter), materials in an alternate format (e.g. large print) or information in a language other than English in order to fully participate in this event, please indicate your request on the registration form as soon as possible.

Registration Questions?

Elaine Sollecito: esollecito@ric.edu

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