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The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College is in the process of restructuring the Inclusion Institutes.  However, in an effort to respond to repeated requests for this training, the Sherlock Center is offering two spring sessions at the Whispering Pines Conference Center on the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. 

The Spring 2014 Institutes are scheduled for March 14 and May 2.

The purpose of these Institutes is to provide the opportunity for school personnel and parents to plan the details of inclusion for one individual child who has developmental disabilities.  We believe 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 150 schools have sent teams to prior Inclusion Institutes to discuss and plan the details of inclusion for an individual child.  The teams developed an inclusion plan using a process that not only works with individual children, but can be generalized to a larger school population.

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 experience of other parents and school personnel who have implemented meaningful inclusion programs (these persons serve both as resources and as group facilitators)
  • the time to discuss and plan in a stress-free environment.


  • one or both of the parents (or guardian)
  • the regular education teacher
  • special education teacher


  •  Principal · Special Education Director · Teacher Aide
  • Occupational Therapist  · Speech/Language Pathologist · Physical Therapist

FEES - There is no cost to participate.

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities believes that a stress-free, distraction-free environment is important for teams of parents and professionals to create workable inclusion plans; the Whispering Pines Conference Center at the W. Alton Jones Campus offers this kind of environment.  However, to plan space and food needs, the Sherlock Center must commit to Alton Jones for 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 31 days of their scheduled Inclusion Institute.