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

Inclusion Institutes

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The purpose of Inclusion Institutes is to provide the opportunity for school personnel and parents to plan the details of inclusion for one individual student who has developmental disabilities. The Sherlock Center believes that one of the major barriers to meaningful inclusion is the lack of dialogue about the purposes, curriculum, and procedural details that are part of effective implementation. More than 200 schools have sent teams to prior Inclusion Institutes to discuss and plan the details of inclusion for an individual student. The teams developed an inclusion plan using a process that not only works with individual students, but can be generalized to a larger school population.

Each Student-Focused Team Must Include:
  • One or both of the parents (or guardian)
  • The regular education teacher
  • The special education teacher
  • if the student is transitioning to a new team or school, the regular and special educators of both the old and new teams/schools should attend.
Additional Team Members may include (but are not limited to):
  • Principal
  • Special Education Director
  • Teacher Aide
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Physical Therapist
The Sherlock Center covers the cost of the meeting space and meals, and provides:
  • A set of realistic operating principles.
  • A step-by-step planning process.
  • A set of resources.
  • The time to discuss and plan in a stress-free environment.
Parents and school personnel who have implemented meaningful inclusion programs will serve both as resources and as group facilitators at the Institute.

There is no cost to participate, however:

The Sherlock Center believes that a stress-free, distraction-free environment is important for teams of parents and professionals to create workable inclusion plans. To plan space and food needs, the Sherlock Center must commit to a certain number of participants, and must pay for the committed number, regardless of cancellations. Therefore, school districts will be billed $40.00 per person for any team or individual who registers and then cancels within 14 days of their scheduled Inclusion Institute.
Session Schedule
No sessions schedule at this time.

Accommodations Requests:

If you need a reasonable accommodation (ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate manner, etc.) to fully participate in an event, please make your request known when you register or contact Elaine Sollecito at the Sherlock Center.

Registration Questions?

Elaine Sollecito: esollecito@ric.edu

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