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Programs that provide educational services including special placement and individualized programming, instruction and/or support services for exceptional children, youth and/or adults who need appropriately modified curricula, teaching methodologies and instructional materials in order to learn. Services may include the development, in partnership with the child's parents, of an individualized educational plan to meet the child's needs and the implementation and review at least annually of each child's plan to determine progress and future needs. (AIRS HH-8000)

130 Broadway
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-606-2250
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Organization Name: Lifespan School Solutions
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Address:
130 Broadway
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-606-2250
Fax: 401-606-2251
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Eligibility:

 Middle School thru 21

Placement is an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team decision.

Services Provided:

Bradley Schools are private, school-funded, educational programs for children and adolescents whose psychiatric and behavioral needs cannot be met in a public school setting.

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School is centrally located in Providence. This site also has Partnership classrooms, staffed and supervised by Bradley School personnel, in North Providence, Johnston, and North Smithfield public schools.

Career Readiness Academy offers assessments and experiences to prepare high school students for life after graduation.

Source: Rhode Island Quality Institute
Last Updated: 6/21/2021
2 St. Vincent DePaul
Coventry, RI 02816
Phone: 401-615-2600
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Organization Name: The Groden Network
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Address:
2 St. Vincent DePaul
Coventry, RI 02816
Phone: 401-615-2600
Fax: 401-615-2408
Eligibility: Local school departments, state agencies and other responsible providers can make referrals directly to the program by contacting the Admissions Office at the Center. Families, advocates and funding agencies are welcome to visit the Center to tour the program. When the Center receives all of the individual’s current records the funding agent, family and child/youth will visit the Center for an interview and screening to determine program needs.
Services Provided: Groden Center South provide a broad range of individualized services in the most normal and least restrictive settings possible. Instruction is provided in functional skill development, communication, emotional and social development, physical and recreational skills, domestic responsibilities, community awareness, adaptive living skill and vocational education.
Provider Profiles: The Groden Network’s mission is to support children and adults with autism, and other developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges to lead productive, dignified and satisfying lives by:

Providing the most effective educational, therapeutic, and other habilitative services;
Advancing knowledge and best practices through research, education and training;
Involving, educating, and supporting families in caring and advocating for their children.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/6/2019
665 Dyer Avenue
Cranston, RI 02902
Phone: 401-942-2388
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Organization Name: AccessPoint Rhode Island
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Address:
665 Dyer Avenue
Cranston, RI 02902
Phone: 401-942-2388
Fax: 401-944-7480
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Email: pkrakowsky@accesspointri.org
Eligibility: IEP team decision
Services Provided:

Inclusive early childhood program link


Special education grade school link

Extended school year

Specialized nursing staff

Director, Pat Krakowsky 401-942-2388 x 110

Provider Profiles:

Cornerstone is a small, year-round private special education school that includes an integrated early childhood program and grade school program.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/23/2020
215 Ferris Avenue
East Providence, RI 02916
Phone: 401-432-9940
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Address:
215 Ferris Avenue
East Providence, RI 02916
Phone: 401-432-9940
Fax: 401-932-9947
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Eligibility:

Special Education School. Complex learners in kindergarten - 8th grade.

Provider Profiles:

The Wolf School has dual approval by the Rhode Island Department of Education as an Independent School and a Special Education Program. The school follows the standards of core grade-level skills for language arts, math, social studies and science. Our curriculum encompasses a rigorous blend of academic subjects and intensive therapeutic support that addresses three major learning challenges: language processing/production, sensory regulation, and socially effective communication. The Wolf School Immersion Model© integrates therapeutic support within the entire curriculum throughout the day in each classroom.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/17/2021
63 Harmony Hill Road
Chepachet, RI 02814
Phone: 401-949-0690
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Organization Name: Harmony Hill School
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Address:
63 Harmony Hill Road
Chepachet, RI 02814
Phone: 401-949-0690
Fax: 401-494-4130
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Services Provided:

Harmony Hill School (HHS) provides an array of services to biological males ages 13-18 who require residential treatment. HHS also provides a Day treatment program for biological males ages 8-18 who are in grades k-12 and require regular or special education.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/7/2021
365 River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-781-4380
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Organization Name: Spurwink Inc.
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Address:
365 River Road
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-781-4380
Toll Free Phone: 800-745-5555
Fax: 401-334-3783
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Email: info@spurwinkri.org
Eligibility:

Kindergarten thru Grade 12.

Provider Profiles:

The Spurwink School provides integrated special education, behavioral and therapeutic services in a community-based setting since 1982.

Referrals

Statewide Local Education Authorities should direct all inquiries and referral packets to:

Carleen Bellaire, M.Ed

Cbellairel@spurwinkri.org

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/7/2021
635 Ocean Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: 401-789-1016
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Organization Name: Ocean Tides,Inc.
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Address:
635 Ocean Road
Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: 401-789-1016
Fax: 401-788-0924
Eligibility:

Ocean Tides Narragansett School, our main campus, is a residential school for boys, grades 7-12.

Services Provided:

Program Link

  • Positive behavior program and multiple positive behavioral supports, including stipends paid to students.
  • A small school atmosphere - four to twelve students per class
    Individualized instruction based on IEP’s
  • Career to Work - experience and work study at all grade levels
    Individual and / or group counseling.

The Narragansett Campus offers Career/Technical education in areas such as: Culinary Arts, Carpentry/Building Maintenance, Landscape Design, Auto Detailing, Cosmetology, Horticulture, Small Engines, Woodturning, and Woodworking, Auto CAD, HTML-Web Page Design, and Video Production.

Ocean Tides is partnered with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) for the areas of Engineering and Technology.

Provider Profiles:

Ocean Tides is Lasallian school and residential program that is committed to providing a challenging, safe and healthy learning environment designed to meet the social, emotional, behavioral, and intellectual needs of each individual.

Additional day program located in Providence is listed separately.
Ocean Tides School Providence
260 Highland Avenue
Providence RI

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/17/2021
420 Fruit Hill Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-353-3900
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Organization Name: St. Mary's Home for Children
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Address:
420 Fruit Hill Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-353-3900
Fax: 401-353-0984
Eligibility:

Students can be referred to the campus school by Local Education Agencies to attend as a day student, if they meet special education criteria.

Students are also enrolled through the St. Mary’s residential program.

Services Provided:

We provide highly structured, individualized instruction and therapeutic services to students with learning, social, emotional, and behavioral challenges in our George N. Hunt Campus School. For more information, contact Marty Morris, School Administrator, at 353-3900 Ext. 259 or emailmmorris@gnhcs.net.

Provider Profiles:

Since 1877, St. Mary’s has been caring for Rhode Island’s children. We are a non-profit agency offering comprehensive treatment programs for boys and girls traumatized by abuse or experiencing the challenges of psychiatric disorders. Children are treated and cared for in the residential, educational and out-patient programs located in North Providence, Rhode Island.

Additional information on programs available at St. Mary's Home for Children in separate listing. 

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/17/2021
242 Dexter Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-467-8228
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Organization Name: The Tides Family Services, Inc
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Address:
242 Dexter Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-467-8228
Fax: 401-467-8889
Eligibility: 5th - 12th grades
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/23/2020
2820 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: 401-606-8300
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Organization Name: Lifespan School Solutions, Inc
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Address:
2820 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Phone: 401-606-8300
Fax: 401-682-1823
Eligibility: Kindergarten thru age 21
Services Provided:

We strive to provide state-of-the-art teaching and clinical/behavioral care to ensure that all students are able to learn to their greatest potential. Our special education teachers, classroom behavior specialists, and occupational and speech/language therapists all have specialized training in supporting the special needs of diverse learners.

Our clinical psychologists and social workers guide the classroom teams to ensure that students’ social-emotional needs are met and that staff training and support are provided.

Provider Profiles: Kindergarten thru age 21
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/16/2021
1135 Mineral Spring Ave
North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-351-0610
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Organization Name: Center for Individualized Training and Education
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Address:
1135 Mineral Spring Ave
North Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-351-0610
Fax: 401-351-5510
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Email: info@citeschool.org
Eligibility:

Small Special Education School pre-K-12 grade

The referral process is ideally initiated by the student’s local educational agency (school district) for services to continue to support the student’s most recent IEP out of the district. Parent and physician referrals can also be accepted with the involvement of the student’s educational agency. 

Services Provided:

Programs Link

Provider Profiles:

The Center for Individualized Training & Education (CITE) is a non-profit school serving a diverse population of students with unique needs in a welcoming fully adapted building on Mineral Spring Avenue in North Providence.

Our mission is to empower students with unique needs to make progress in light of their individual circumstances. Student respect, value, and self-worth are the cornerstones of our multi-disciplinary team approach to enable students to function within their community in the least restrictive environment.

Our role is to collaborate with local education agencies, state, and federal agencies, local service providers, educational advocates, and parents/guardians to develop individualized educational programs based on the unique needs of each student. By creating goals as a collaborative team, we are able to provide all of the supports needed to make meaningful progress.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/17/2021
100 Houghton Street
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-751-5800
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Organization Name: Specialized Education Services, Inc.
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Address:
100 Houghton Street
Providence, RI 02904
Phone: 401-751-5800
Fax: 401-751-5900
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Eligibility:

Special Education School ages 7-21

Provider Profiles:

The High Road School of Providence serves the instructional and behavioral needs of students with a variety of social, emotional and learning needs in a supportive and structured environment.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/17/2021
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9241
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Organization Name: Meeting Street
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Address:
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9241
Fax: 401-533-9101
Services Provided:

Early Headstart

Meeting Street serves  eligible young children (birth to age 3) and their families in Providence, RI and  children in New Bedford, MA, through our Early Head Start programs. Our Program begins before birth with pregnant women to ensure they have access to comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care.


Healthy Families America

Healthy Families America is a national evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program that provides free, voluntary, confidential services. The program pairs expectant mothers or families with newborns (younger than two weeks old) with a Family Support Worker, who provides home visiting services to the family and their child until the child’s fourth birthday.

Olneyville Early Childhood Initiative

The goal of Meeting Street's Early Childhood Initiative in Olneyville is to prepare children in the Olneyville community to enter school healthy and ready to learn.

Early Learning Center 

An inclusive daycare for children of all abilities ages 6 weeks - 5 years 

Pre-K Program

The RI Pre-kindergarten Program is a state-funded program located on the Meeting Street Campus in Providence RI that provides free, high-quality pre-kindergarten classes to eligible children

Provider Profiles:

Meeting Street is where children of all ages and abilities receive individualized attention from highly trained, dedicated educators, therapists, and staff who work as a team, sharing strategies and identifying solutions to bring out the best in each and every child.

At Meeting Street we believe in the power of inclusion and foster it in all we do. Our goal is to create an environment, and ultimately a world, where individuals of all abilities learn, play, work, and live together.

Information on Meeting Street Early Intervention Program and The Grace School are listed separately in the directory.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/29/2021
1246 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-521-4335
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Organization Name: Family Service of RI
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Address:
1246 Chalkstone Ave
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-521-4335
Fax: 401-521-3282
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Eligibility: Pre-K-8th grade, IEP Team decision
Services Provided:
  • Classrooms with no more than 8 children
  • Individualized programming
  • Full-day preschool and kindergarten
  • Individual counseling
  • Groups social skills training
  • Diagnostic testing (educational, cognitive, neuropsychological, speech/language, occupational therapy, psychiatric)
  • Nursing services and medication management
  • Family support and counseling
  • 45-day summer program
Provider Profiles:

Certified as a regular- and special-education facility, it is one of the first such programs in RI. Dual certification promotes ‘inclusion’ classrooms that include students a range of abilities. Children who meet their goals and may no longer require an IEP can therefore remain with the same teacher and set of peers.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/22/2021
260 Highland Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-861-3778
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Organization Name: Ocean Tides,Inc.
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Address:
260 Highland Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-861-3778
Fax: 401-831-0309
Eligibility:

The Ocean Tides School Providence Campus is an alternative day school for students in grades seven through twelve.

Services Provided:

The Providence Campus offers a certified special education program and a career/technical education program. The student body at the Providence Campus is comprised of students referred by their school district for educational purposes (both regular and special education) and career/technical training.

The Ocean Tides School offers Career/Technical education at the Providence Campus. Students are involved in areas such as: Culinary Arts, Carpentry/Woodworking, Landscape Design, Engineering, and Technology. Ocean Tides is partnered with the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) for the areas of Engineering and Technology.

Provider Profiles:

The Ocean Tides School Providence Campus is an alternative day school for students in grades seven through twelve. Offering a full high school Rhode Island Regents diploma, the school is licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
Ocean Tides Narragansett campus is listed separately.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/17/2021
101 Plain Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-272-7127
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Organization Name: Tavares Pediatric Center, Inc.
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Address:
101 Plain Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-272-7127
Fax: 401-272-4752
Eligibility:

K-12 for medically fragile students

Services Provided:

Tavares Pediatric Center is a Medicaid Certified 30 Bed Intermediate Care Facility located in Providence, RI, with service to the surrounding community. Tavares Pediatric Center is certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/18/2021
86 Mount Hope Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-274-6310
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Organization Name: The Groden Network
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Address:
86 Mount Hope Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-274-6310
Fax: 401-421-3280
Eligibility: The Day Program serves children and youth between the ages of 3 and 21. The residential program serves adolescents between the ages of 12 and 21 from Rhode Island and other neighboring states.
Services Provided: The Groden Center Day and Residential Programs provide a broad range of individualized services in the most normal and least restrictive settings possible. Instruction is provided in functional skill development, communication, emotional and social development, physical and recreational skills, domestic responsibilities, community awareness, adaptive living skill and vocational education.
The following diagnostic criteria are a guide for referring individuals to the program:
Developmental Disabilities
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Pervasive Developmental Disorders
Behavioral Disorders
Serious Communication and Learning Disabilities
Dual-Diagnosed Cognitive and Mental Health Disorders.
Provider Profiles: The Groden Center’s mission is to enhance the lives of children and youth with autism, behavioral disorders, and developmental disabilities and their families to lead productive, dignified and satisfying lives by:

• Providing the most effective educational, therapeutic, and other habilitative services;

• Advancing knowledge and best practices through research, education and training;

• Involving, educating, and supporting families in caring and advocating for their children.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/19/2019
520 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-276-4531
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Organization Name: The Providence Center
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Address:
520 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-276-4531
Fax: 401-276-4015
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Email: info@tpcschool.org
Eligibility: Students are referred to TPC School by their home school districts through special education directors. PreK-grade 12.
Services Provided:

Director of School Programs
Phone: (401) 276-4169
Email: SPerin@CareNE.org

Kate Pollon
Director of Special Education
Phone: (401) 276-4151
Email: KPollon@CareNE.org

Provider Profiles:

The Providence Center School is a special education school for students in preschool through grade 12 diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders.
The goal is to prepare students to successfully return to their community schools, enroll in less restrictive programs, graduate from high school, pursue higher education or join the workforce.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/24/2020
31 Fairfield Way
Wakefield, RI 02876
Phone: 401-284-1040
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Organization Name: Lifespan School Solutions, Inc
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Address:
31 Fairfield Way
Wakefield, RI 02876
Phone: 401-284-1040
Fax: 401-284-1045
Eligibility: Kindergarten-age 21
Services Provided:

We strive to provide state-of-the-art teaching and clinical/behavioral care to ensure that all students are able to learn to their greatest potential. Our special education teachers, classroom behavior specialists, and occupational and speech/language therapists all have specialized training in supporting the special needs of diverse learners.

Our clinical psychologists and social workers guide the classroom teams to ensure that students’ social-emotional needs are met and that staff training and support are provided.

Provider Profiles:

Bradley Schools are private, school-funded, educational programs for children and adolescents whose psychiatric and behavioral needs cannot be met in a public school setting. The programs are accredited by the Rhode Island and Massachusetts state departments of education.

Our goal is always for students to learn in the least restrictive educational environment. We coordinate with school districts to ensure that, whenever possible, all are focused on the student’s ability to develop the skills needed to attend school back in their home districts.

Our partnership programs facilitate that process for many students, and for others we carefully coordinate transition plans to ensure student success

Bradley School- South County Clinical Director, Melanie Dubard, PhD

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/11/2021
116 Long Street
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-732-1540
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Organization Name: Thrive Behavioral Health
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Address:
116 Long Street
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-732-1540
Fax: 401-732-4658
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Eligibility: Students with Behavioral/Emotional disabilities that impede their progress in public school. ages 5-18
Services Provided: Masters-level clinicians and behavior specialists provide daily group therapy to students, as well as weekly individual therapy, and art and play therapy.
A child psychiatrist is on staff to provide evaluation services and medication management if necessary. Additionally, consulting psychologists, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists provide services to students as individually required.
Provider Profiles: The Briggs School is committed to quality education for all students and provides extended academic instruction through a 225-day school year. With a two to one, student to staff ratio, and a maximum school capacity of 40 children, Briggs students are ensured the personal attention needed to capitalize on their strengths and abilities and to improve their underdeveloped skills.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 8/19/2019
75 Centre of New England Blvd
Coventry, RI 02816
Phone: 401-615-2775
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Organization Name: J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center
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Address:
75 Centre of New England Blvd
Coventry, RI 02816
Phone: 401-615-2775
Fax: 401-615-2881
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Eligibility: All referrals to Pathways should be made in writing by the local educational authority (LEA) of the city or town in which the child resides.
Provider Profiles:

Pathways Strategic Teaching Center is an education and treatment program designed to maximize independence and enhance the lives of individuals with autism and other developmental disorders.

Alena Marcotte
Director of Special Education
Pathways Strategic Teaching Center

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/5/2020
222 Washingston Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401-822-1360
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Organization Name: Tides Family Services, Inc.
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Address:
222 Washingston Street
West Warwick, RI 02893
Phone: 401-822-1360
Fax: 401-823-4694
Eligibility: 5th- 12th grade
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/23/2020
141 Main street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-767-5959
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Organization Name: Action Based Enterprise
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Address:
141 Main street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-767-5959
Fax: 401-767-5957
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Eligibility:

Grades K-8

Provider Profiles:

Action Based Enterprises provides students in grades K-8 who are struggling with behavioral difficulties and learning challenges with a safe and supportive environment that enables them to learn, thrive and succeed. We provided schooling that is individually tailored to meet each student’s special needs. This is made possible by our low teacher and support to student ratio.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/21/2021
141 Main street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-767-5959
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Organization Name: Action Based Enterprises
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Address:
141 Main street
Woonsocket, RI 02895
Phone: 401-767-5959
Fax: 401-762-0958
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Eligibility:

Grades 9 thru age 21.

Provider Profiles:

Action Based Enterprises provides students in grades 9 thru transition age 21 who are struggling with behavioral difficulties and learning challenges with a safe and supportive environment that enables them to learn, thrive and succeed. We provided schooling that is individually tailored to meet each student’s special needs. This is made possible by our low teacher and support to student ratio.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 6/21/2021
420 Fruit Street
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-353-3900
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Organization Name: St. Mary's Home for Children
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Address:
420 Fruit Street
North Providence, RI 02911
Phone: 401-353-3900
Email: info@smhfc.org
Services Provided:

St. Mary’s, is a safe haven for hundreds of children
and adults 
each year who have suffered trauma

We offer psychiatric residential treatment for children, comprehensive office- and community-based mental health programs for children and adults, a special education school, and training services for trauma treatment.


Please refer to website for more information on services and programs. Link

Provider Profiles:

Since 1877, St. Mary's has been caring for Rhode Island's children. While receiving some support from the Episcopal Diocese, we are a secular, non-profit agency offering comprehensive treatment programs for boys and girls traumatized by abuse or experiencing the challenges of psychiatric disorders. Children are treated and cared for in the residential, educational and out-patient programs located in North Providence, Rhode Island.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 5/17/2021
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-222-4600
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Organization Name: RI Department of Education
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Address:
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-222-4600
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Services Provided:

The goal of Special Education is to improve the academic, social and post school success of students with disabilities ages 3 to 22. Students eligible for special education require specially designed instruction and related services as needed to meet their unique needs.

Special Education laws, regulations, and policy establish the requirements for educating students with disabilities. Information

The goals of the Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports ensure that children with diverse learning needs and children receiving special education services are provided equal access to a public education and that schools develop effective strategies for meeting the needs of these unique learners.

  • OSCAS Special Education Call Center at 401-222-8999 or RIDECallCenter@ride.ri.gov
  • El Centro de Llamadas al 401-222-8999
Provider Profiles:

"We aspire to an educational system that holds high expectations for all students, regardless of income or background; is responsive to students’ individual needs; and pushes the boundaries of imagination and innovation to create better learning conditions for students and educators." Rhode Island Strategic Plan for Education

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/22/2021
Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-222-8341
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Organization Name: RI Department of Education
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Address:
Office of Student, Community and Academic Supports
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-222-8341
Fax: 401-222-6030
Eligibility: Membership of the committee is composed of individuals involved in or concerned with the education of children with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities maintain the majority of the Committee membership. The membership also includes individuals with disabilities, teachers, representatives of institutions of higher education, private schools, charter schools, state and local education officials, administrators of programs for children with disabilities, foster care and homelessness, vocational, community or business organizations, juvenile and adult corrections and State Child Serving Agencies.
Services Provided:
  • The Rhode Island Special Education Advisory Committee advises the
    Commissioner and the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary
    Education on:
  • Matters concerning the unmet special education needs of children with disabilities;
  • Comments publicly on any rules or regulations proposed by the State regarding the education of children with disabilities;
  • Advises the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) in developing evaluations and reporting on data;
  • Advises RIDE in developing corrective action plans to address findings identified in Federal monitoring reports under Part B of the IDEA; and
  • Advises RIDE in developing and implementing policies relating to the coordination of services for children with disabilities.
Provider Profiles:

The Rhode Island Special Education Advisory Committee is an active voice in advocating that all students receive superior educational services enabling each student to achieve optimum success throughout their school years and into the world of adulthood.

  • RISEAC meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the SOS website: Rhode Island Secretary of StateMeetings are open to the public. Individuals who need accommodations to enable participation in a meeting are invited to submit such requests two weeks prior to the meeting date by contacting Karen. Lovett at karen.lovett@ride.ri.gov or at (401) 222-8333.


Local Special Education Advisory Committees function and operate similar to the State Advisory Committee with similar membership and purpose at a district level.
Contact the school district’s Director of Special Education for information regarding the Local Special Education Advisory Council.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/5/2021
One Corliss Park
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-3525
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Address:
One Corliss Park
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-3525
Fax: 401-243-1024
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Eligibility: RI School for the Deaf is a Day School (RISD) serving ages 3-21 years. School hours are 8AM-3 PM daily. There are currently no residential services or dorms.
Services Provided: Programs in
Parent Infant/Toddler Partners
Early Childhood
Elementary
Middle School
High School
Transition Academy and Services
Provider Profiles: Mission Statement
The Rhode Island School for the Deaf is a critical, strategic and responsive educational center with a commitment to educational excellence for children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, an important low incidence population. The Rhode Island School for the Deaf’s mission is to ensure that all Rhode Island children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing become literate, independent, and productive citizens who set and achieve life goals.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/9/2019
520 Hope Street
Providence, RI
Phone: 401-276-6129
Service Categories:
Organization Name: The Providence Center
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Address:
520 Hope Street
Providence, RI
Phone: 401-276-6129
Eligibility:

Imagine Preschool is an inclusive preschool for children four to five years-old

Provider Profiles:

The Providence Center believes in the value of early childhood education. Imagine Preschool was established to extend the benefits of quality education to all families.

Imagine Preschool is an inclusive preschool for children three to five years-old. Imagine is a 5-star BrightStars program and has twice been selected as one of eight classrooms in the Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten program.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/29/2021
520 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-432-7279
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Organization Name: The Providence Center
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Address:
520 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-432-7279
Email: info@anchorlearningacademy.org
Services Provided: A High School For Teens Overcoming Addiction
Anchor Learning Academy is Rhode Island's first recovery high school that combines therapy and clinical supports with academic programming.
Anchor Learning Academy supports each student's personal recovery and academic goals by integrating strong clinical and educational programming that supports the development of skills necessary for continued recovery and successful transition back to the student's community school, to higher education or to the workforce.
Provider Profiles: Anchor Learning Academy is operated by The Providence Center, the leading provider of mental health and substance use treatment services for adults, children and families in Rhode Island.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/15/2018
317 Market Street
Warren, RI 02885
Phone: 401-245-4998
Service Categories:
Organization Name: East Bay Educational Collaborative
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Address:
317 Market Street
Warren, RI 02885
Phone: 401-245-4998
Text: 401-268-2002
Toll Free Phone: 401-268-2002
Fax: 401-268-2002
Eligibility: Interested parents/guardians would need to request of their school district consideration for placement of their child at the East Bay Career Academy. Only the school districts may make a direct referral of a student to the Academy.
Provider Profiles:

The East Bay Educational Collaborative (EBEC) provides a Regional Alternative Program (RAP) called the A. William Josephs Career Academy (AWJCA).  The AWJCA serves students of high school age who have been diagnosed as having significant learning, behavioral, and/or emotional disability. The EBEC public school districts provide this educational opportunity when the needs of a student can not be met within his/her public school.

This alternative learning program and serves all School Districts in the East Bay Area as well as North Providence, Woonsocket, and Pawtucket. Only school districts may make a direct referral of a student to the Academy.

Donna Ottaviano, Ed. D. Executive Director, East Bay Educational Collaborative

Email Dr. Ottaviano

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2021
144 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI
Phone: 401-941-8353
Service Categories:
Organization Name: West Bay Collaborative
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Address:
144 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI
Phone: 401-941-8353
Fax: 401-941-8535
Eligibility: Coventry , Cranston , Foster, Glocester , Scituate , Warwick and West Warwick and included in the student's Individualized Education Program.
Services Provided:

We offer a number of programs and services, sometimes in conjunction with member districts and outside agencies, including:

  • Alternative learning and special education programs K-12 link
  • Transition and vocational services for young adults who are ready to enter the workforce link
  • Physical therapy services and Special Education Services
  • RI Transition Academy in separate directory listing
  • Professional Development link
  • Adult Education link 
Provider Profiles:

Every Student, Every Learner, Every Day!

This is our focus at West Bay Collaborative, and we work to make sure every one of our learners has access to high-quality, innovative, and responsive educational programs and resources that can allow them to reach their individual successes. Every individual can learn, and we provide the means for them to achieve that. Whether they are in elementary school, just starting the path to a career, or looking to improve themselves, we strive to meet their needs.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2021
317 Market Street
Warren, RI 02885
Phone: 401-628-2003
Service Categories:
Organization Name: East Bay Educational Collaborative
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Address:
317 Market Street
Warren, RI 02885
Phone: 401-628-2003
Email: Carolyn.Aspinwall@ebecri.org
Eligibility: The Transition Academy is designed for students with disabilities 18 to 21 who: · Have an IEP, are currently enrolled in high school and are near completion of their academic program. · Are eligible for Office of Rehabilitation Services · Need a community-based functional skills/vocational curriculum · Can achieve independence (with initial support) · Can become semi-independent on a college campus
Services Provided:

OVERVIEW

The Transition Academy is located on the campus of Roger Williams University where students prepare for the world of work and access the college community. The Transition Academy is designed for students with disabilities 18 to 21 who:

  • Have an IEP, are currently enrolled in high school and are near completion of their academic program

  • Are eligible for Office of Rehabilitation Services

  • Need a community-based functional skills/vocational curriculum

  • Can achieve independence (with initial support)

  • Can become semi-independent on a college campus

Provider Profiles:

The Academy Programs @ Roger Williams University are unique educational programs that provide motivated students an opportunity to complete their high school education while building transition skills on a college campus and in the community.

Additional Information link

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2021
334 Pleasant Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-726-1750
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Blackstone Academy Charter School, Inc.
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Address:
334 Pleasant Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 401-726-1750
Service Categories:
Email: info@blackstoneacademy.org
Eligibility:

Grades 9th -12th from Providence, Pawtucket or Central Falls. Admission is by lottery.

Services Provided:

Special Education Director Glenda Guglielmo

The school and affiliated programs all have commitments to community involvement and take a “whole child” approach to learning. The corporation was formed to assist local urban students to complete high school, attend higher education, and contribute to their local, regional and global community.

Provider Profiles:

Blackstone Academy Charter School, Inc. operates a public high school as well as an educational enrichment program for middle and high school students. Our high school serves students 350 students from Pawtucket, Central Falls and Providence, Rhode Island.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/31/2021
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9100
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Hope Academy
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Address:
1000 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02905
Phone: 401-533-9100
Text: 401-533-9104
Toll Free Phone: 401-533-9104
Fax: 401-533-9104
Service Categories:
Eligibility: Grades K-2 The Hope Academy lottery will occur each year on March 1, as required by the Rhode Island Department of Education. To be considered for the lottery all eligible families who reside in Providence and North Providence must submit an application before the March 1 deadline.
Services Provided: The Hope Academy is committed to an educational model focusing on the academic and social success of each individual, preparing students to meet the challenges of secondary education and to become lifelong learners.
Bob Fricklas Special Education Director
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 11/6/2019
800 Quaker lane
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone: 401-886-6600
Service Categories:
Address:
800 Quaker lane
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Phone: 401-886-6600
Service Categories:
Services Provided: The Pediatric Program offers a fully certified Day School for children 3 to 21 years who are struggling with severe learning disabilities often related to neurological impairment, such as autism and seizure disorders.
Provider Profiles: The Pediatric Program offers a fully certified Day School for children 3 to 21 years who are struggling with severe learning disabilities often related to neurological impairment, such as autism and seizure disorders. It combines medical rehabilitation with educational expertise to help children make progress in academics and life skills. The Pediatric Program also offers comprehensive evaluation services as well as individual and group outpatient services to improve language and motor skills in children with mild to moderate disorders.
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 10/15/2018
640 George Washington Highway
Building B, Suite 200
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-495-2000
Service Categories:
Address:
640 George Washington Highway
Building B, Suite 200
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-495-2000
Services Provided: Foundations Academy-Social Emotional [https://www.nric-ri.org/Foundations-Academy-Social-and-Emotional]

Foundations Academy- Developmental [https://www.nric-ri.org/Foundations-Academy-Developmental-Program]

Career Foundations [https://www.nric-ri.org/Career-Foundations-(Transitional-and-Vocational-Services)]

Auditory and Oral Foundations Program in a separate listing
Provider Profiles: Northern Rhode Island Collaborative, a public, non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing special education programs and other educational services to school districts and community partners in northern Rhode Island.
Brian Quigg, Director of Educational Services
bquigg@nric-ri.org
(401) 769-6445
Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 2/14/2020
640 George Washington Highway
Building B, Suite 200
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-952-8025
Service Categories:
Organization Name: Northern Rhode Island Collaborative
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Address:
640 George Washington Highway
Building B, Suite 200
Lincoln, RI 02865
Phone: 401-952-8025
Fax: 401-333-3572
Email: srosendale@nric-ed.org
Eligibility:

As of 11/23/2021, there is a waiting period for Early Intervention
services. Referred children will be placed on a statewide waitlist, and
families will be contacted about their referral. They will be given the
option to be matched with the first provider in their community who
has an opening, or they can choose to wait for a specific provider who
serves their community.

Early Intervention Referral Status


There are several ways to refer a child to the Early Intervention
statewide waitlist.

• Email the referral to Jennifer.Kaufman@ohhs.ri.gov
• Fax the referral to (401) 462-2939, Attn: Early Intervention
• Call (401) 462-3425 and leave a voicemail with the referral
information.
• Refer to the agency that you typically would, via phone, fax or
email.

Services Provided:

Northern Rhode Island Collaborative’s Auditory Oral Foundations was developed to capitalize on improving and expanding technologies for the hearing impaired – in particular the very young. Our students, using technologies such as hearing aids and cochlear implants, learn techniques to better communicate. 

For additional information on NRIC's Auditory Oral Foundations, please contact the Program Coordinator, Sarah Rosendale at:

401-952-8025

Provider Profiles:

The Auditory Oral Foundations program is part of the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative (NRIC). Our commitment is to prepare children for an education in their community schools by providing them with the tools they will need for successful inclusion and achievement.

There is an additional directory listing for NRIC Foundation programs.

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 1/7/2021
44 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI 02888
Phone: 401-941-8353 x124
Service Categories:
Organization Name: West Bay Collaborative
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Address:
44 Bignall Street
Warwick, RI 02888
Phone: 401-941-8353 x124
Email: tcurran@westbaycollaborative.org
Eligibility: 18-22 years old, have an IEP and are currently enrolled in school and eligible for services from the R.I. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS).
Services Provided:
  • Gain the employment skills and confidence to obtain or retain a job with minimal or time limited supports
  • Acquire the functional and daily living skills necessary to reach their potential independence
  • Explore opportunities in higher education and credentialing training programs
  • Reinforce and improve functional academic skills to be better prepared for the workplace or post secondary training programs
  • Develop the social skills and self-confidence to find success with interpersonal relationships at work and at home
  • Develop confidence, self-advocacy, and self-awareness to understand the rights and responsibilities of adulthood, knowledge of themselves, and the ability to seek assistance if needed.
Provider Profiles:

RITA is a program for 18-22 year-olds who have IEPs, located on the campus of a Rhode Island local college. This program is geared toward individuals who have completed the academic courses necessary for graduation but would benefit from an additional year to acquire employment skills, functional life skills and social skills to better prepare for adult life. The R.I. Transition Academy provides students with classroom and community instruction in an adult learning environment.

  • 18-22 years old, have an IEP and are currently enrolled in school
  • Eligible for services from the R.I. Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS)
  • Require additional time to achieve transition goals to complete their high school requirements
  • Are motivated to attend and fully participate in program activities
  • Can follow the rules and expectations of a community college setting

Therese Curran
Director of Transition and Vocational Services
Phone: (401) 941-8353 (Ext. 124)
tcurran@westbaycollaborative.org

Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2021
3100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201-5332
Phone: 888-232-7733
Service Categories:
Address:
3100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201-5332
Phone: 888-232-7733
Toll Free Phone: 888-232-7733
Email: service@exceptionalchildren.org
Services Provided:

Advocates and researches strategies to support early intervention and special educational needs of children with exceptionalities. Website shows the latest information about special education research and development throughout the United States. Effects public policy and makes federal budgetary recommendations.

Source: MHP-Nationwide
Last Updated: 9/17/2020
4400 University Drive, MSN 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-3905
Service Categories:
Organization Name: George Mason University
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Address:
4400 University Drive, MSN 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-3905
Eligibility:

Ages 18-23, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Services Provided:

Provides a four year postsecondary curriculum of study to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Services Include:

  • Person Centered Planning
  • Support staff attends the class with the student
  • Additional assistance through a two hour support class.
  • Work specialty area. Most students are placed on-campus with a support staff member in their first year and gradually they have the opportunity to explore off campus placements.
  • Students live on and off campus.
Provider Profiles:

Students completing their four years with the Mason LIFE Program will graduate with a George Mason Certificate of Completion with a catalog concentration and a work specialty area.

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 7/5/2021
100 View Street #202
Mountain View, CA 94041
Service Categories:
Address:
100 View Street #202
Mountain View, CA 94041
Toll Free Phone: 877-266-4919
Services Provided:

Study.com is an online platform that uses short, entertaining video lectures developed by licensed teachers to make education more inexpensive, effective, and engaging. Provides comprehensive education and resources with individuals with disabilities.

Source: Nationwide Suggest Providers Queue
Last Updated: 8/18/2021