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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service.

2009 RIPIN Transition Guide

“Here’s to Your Student’s Future!”

A parent’s guide to Transition Planning for families raising students with disabilities ages 12-21. Developed by the RI Parent Information network in conjunction with the RI Department of Education, Office of Student, Community and Academic Support

8th Annual Transition Conference

ABC's of RtI in Elementary Schools: A Guide for Families

A guide book for families on Response to Intervention written by the National Center on Response to Intervention 

Accessible Instructional Material (AIM)

Accessible Instructional Material (AIM).   For more information or to talk to an information specialist call 1-800-870-7746

Advocating for Your Child

Advocating for your child means being a member of a team – the most important member. Professionals on the team may change; you will be the one constant. Your role is very important; the job of advocating falls to you. Your first priority will be to keep the team’s focus on your child and what is best for him or her. You will provide information about your child and your family's strengths and needs. This information is as important as the observations and/or evaluations the professionals will do. Learning how to work as an equal team member will help ensure your child receives appropriate services now and in the future.

American Foundation for the Blind

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit whose priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources.

An Acronym List

An Acronym List .  A legacy resource from NICHCY updated May 2014

Welcome to the alphabet soup of special education!

The disability community is full of acronyms that people constantly use in writing and in conversation, and it’s important to know what those acronyms stand for. Acronyms are used in order to abbreviate names or phrases. This is a resource provided by the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). 


Anxiety can be a normal reaction to stress. It can help us deal with a tense situation, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it can help us cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling condition. Examples of anxiety disorders are obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, specific phobia, and generalized anxiety disorder. Symptoms of many of these disorders begin in childhood or adolescence. 

Application to be matched to a FSN(Family Support Navigator)

Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. Before a child can receive special education and related services for the first time, a full and individual initial evaluation of the child must be conducted to see if the child has a disability and is eligible for special education. Informed parent consent must be obtained before this evaluation may be conducted. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder

General packet with information about Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism – Doug Flutie, Jr. Autism Foundation

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Autism Foundation's primary goal is to promote awareness and support famlies affected by autism spectrum disorders.

Ben’s Guide to US Government

Ben’s Guide to US Government provides learning tools for kindergarten through 12th grade students, parents, and teachers explaining how our government works.  The site includes links to other Government web sites for children and youth. 

Bipolar Disorder

The purpose of the information packet is to provide individuals with reader friendly information about Bipolar Disorder. It includes the following topics:

  • About Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
  • An Educator's Guide to Pediatric Bipolar Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • National and State Resources
  • MPF Library Materials

All information contained in this packet is for general knowledge, personal education and enrichment purposes. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. For specific advice, diagnosis and treatment you should consult with a qualified professional.