Big Names in a Little State: Workshops on Community Inclusion

By Sara Porcaro | November 13, 2017

Despite the growing cold, the energy for education and training continues burning. On the Monday and Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Chelo's Hometown Bar and Grille in Warwick will host workshops on "Developing Community Connections and Supports," open to whoever is interested in learning more about community inclusion and supports!

From 8 AM to 4 PM each day, Dr. Angela Novak Amado of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Erik Carter of Vanderbilt University will present their knowledge and expertise on person-centered planning.

This event is hosted by Rhode Island College's Paul V. Sherlock Center, the college's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Founded in 1993, the Sherlock center has been devoted to providing supports, services, and resources to individuals and families in various stages of life -- from early childhood to the workforce and higher education.

The professionals presenting at this workshop have impressive experience and qualifications in their field, always pursuing the latest evidence-based practice and resources. Dr. Amado is the Executive Director of the Human Services Research and Development Center in Minnesota, and she is known internationally for her books and writings on joining individuals with the greater community and forging meaningful relationships. She has hosted trainings in over thirty states across the country, as well as international trainings in countries such as Canada and Israel. With over twenty-five years of experience in government, direct care, teaching, and more, she is an expert on bringing the most recent research to a practical, everyday level.

Dr. Carter, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education in Tennessee, has published over two hundred writings -- be they articles, chapters, or books -- on continuing education and transitioning into new areas of life for children with disabilities. Before having a Ph.D and teaching at Vanderbilt, Dr. Carter taught at a high school level, specializing in transitional services. His work focuses on current evidence-based practices to create easier access to higher education, as well as developing meaningful roles in various areas of life, such as work and school.

The registration fee for this event is 35$, which covers the lunches of the two workshops. Registration can be done online, and the deadline to register is November 17th. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn from these amazing professionals!