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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

November 2, 2021
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Overcoming Barriers – A Mother's 25-Year Journey Raising a Son with ASD
Susan Linehan, autism advocate, parent consultant and support group facilitator
Patrick Linehan – artist, musician, self-advocate

Attend this webinar and learn about one family’s journey from autism diagnosis to adulthood. Susan Linehan will guide the audience through her family’s experience navigating the public education system, building a team of parent/teacher/school collaborations, and successfully helping her son Patrick to transition to adult services. The discussion will emphasize the importance of positive engagement while focusing on nurturing the child’s unique strengths and talents. You will have an opportunity to see some of Patrick’s artwork as well as a recent piano performance.

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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