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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

October 6, 2021
4:00 - 6:00 pm

4 As of Autism: Awareness to Acceptance to Appreciation to Action as a Pathway to Fulfilling and Productive Lives
Stephen Shore, PhD

Attend this webinar and change the way you think about autism! Dr. Stephen Shore will share his lived experiences as an autistic man to explain how making fulfilling and productive lives for autistic individuals can be the rule rather than the exception. He will charge participants to reframe their thinking away from deficit, disorder, and deficit towards seeking abilities based on individual strengths. The session ends with generalizing focus on strengths-based thinking to the rest of humanity and finally, to the audience themselves.

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 credit hours) from NASW-RI and RIMCHA 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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