Rhode Island

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational Definitions of Disabilities

  • Autism - uses autism spectrum disorder and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility criteria (Page 12).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Rhode Island reported the following:

  • Autism - 2,099 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 2,042 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 804 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Rhode Island Department of Education, Special Education monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.

Task forces

Rhode Island does not have a statewide disability task force.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Rhode Island's Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities provides information and resources related to educational disabilities.

Disability scholarship program

Rhode Island does not have a statewide disability scholarship.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Rhode Island enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Rhode Island insurance for more details.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Rhode Island had one supervisor (direct service providers) and one tutor (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

The Rhode Island Parent Information Network is Rhode Island's parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Rhode Island are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Rhode Island is a member of Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.

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