Elizabeth Dalton, PhD

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-4736
Email: edalton@ric.edu
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Last Updated: June 05, 2010


Discipline Coordinators: Assistive Technology
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership



Elizabeth M. Dalton

P.O. Box 465 •  Hope Valley, RI 02832  •  401-539-6027  •  edalton@ric.edu


University of RI/RI College, Kingston and Providence, RI
Joint Ph.D. in Education Program, ABD
Currently enrolled
Dissertation title: The Relationship Between Assistive Technology State Standards and Student Performance
Expected graduation: Fall 2008

Rhode Island College, Providence, RI
M.Ed. in Special Education and Curriculum, Individualized Program, May, 1990
Suma Cum Laude

William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ
Teacher Certification in Special Education, May, 1976

University of RI, Kingston, RI
B.A. in Psychology, May, 1974
Suma Cum Laude



  • Community Service Award, PARI Independent Living Center, 2005
  • Citation: Advocacy and Education for Persons with Disabilities, State of RI, 2005
  • Certificate of Appreciation: Faculty Mentor, User Support Services, RI College, 2004

• Certificate of Appreciation: 10 Years of Service as Founder, Chair, and Board Member, TechACCESS of RI, 2000  


Teaching and Research Experience

*November 1993-present:  Assistant Professor of Special Education at Rhode Island College and Coordinator of Assistive Technology for the Paul V. Sherlock Center.
Teach special education and assistive technology courses, supervise special education student teachers, coordinated assessment for ATAP (RI Tech Act Project) for 5 years, specialize in technology applications for persons with disabilities.

*February 1981-November 1993: Counselor for Access to Opportunity, a student support services program at the Community College of RI
Advising and counseling of students with disabilities

*September 1990-May 1993: Adjunct Instructor for the Dept. of Human Services ant the Community College of RI
Characteristics and Needs of Special Populations

*September 1987-August 1992: Consultant to the RI Developmental Disabilities Council
Organized the state-wide assistive technology conference, prepared report on the status of computer use by persons with disabilities in RI

*September 1976-June 1980: Special education teacher/Diagnostic prescriptive teacher
Worked at preschool, elementary, and secondary levels in Rhode Island communities of Providence, Narragansett, & Westerly

*1970-1978: Positions in human services
Montessori elementary school instructor, ADL therapist, adapted aquatics instructor with UCP & Ladd School, program director and waterfront director at camp for persons with disabilities, math tutor in college program for disadvantaged & first-generation college students

Rhode Island Parent Guidebook to Assistive Technology, 1st Ed. (1997)
RI Resource Guide to Technology for People with Disabilities, 1st Ed. (1996), 2nd Ed. (1997)
Self Advocacy and Assistive Technology: a resource manual for trainers (1996)
Rhode Island's Use of Computer Technology for Persons with Disabilities (1990)
Rhode Island Guide to Technology Resources for Individuals with Disabilities (1988)

Accessibility Issues for State-wide Assessments: Assistive Technology in Practice
 Assistive Technology: Now More Than Ever, RI AT Conference (2001)
Introducing Assistive Technology
 Presentation at Nathaniel Greene Middle School (2001)
Assistive Technology in Transition, Post-secondary Education, and Work
 Assistive Technology: Access to Lifelong Learning, RI AT Conference (2000)
Promising Assistive Technology Practices in RI: Real People, Real Stories
 Assistive Technology: Making Life Easier, RI AT Conference (1999)


  • TechACCESS of RICouncil for Exceptional Children
  • FSEHD Technology Committee, RICAssociation for Supervision and Curriculum Development

•National Partners in Education •RI Region II School to Career Board



  • STAGES Certified Evaluator Training, South Coast Ed. Collaborative, Hingham, Mass., Feb. 27&28, 2002.

       15 hours of professional development to become a certified evaluator and trainer for STAGES Alternate Assessment and Curriculum software.  Training provided by Madeline Pugliese, national assistive technology authority and developer of STAGES.

  • Apple Teacher Institute, Lesley College, Cambridge, Mass., August 2-6, 2001.

       40 hours of professional development in technology integration, thematic unit design, assessment, and mentoring.

  • Changing the Culture Mentor Training, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, May, 2000.

 5 days of training to become a Disability Resource Mentor for the Rhode Island College community.  Currently one of 15 RI College mentors meeting as a cohort to improve the understanding of disability-related issues within the college.  Additional training as CTC Mentor Trainer taken during June 2002, as partner with Autumn Grant-Kimball, RI College Coordinator of Disability Services


Search Committee for Coordinator of Disability Services, Rhode Island College, Fall, 2001.
Member, Chariho High School Improvement Team, Chariho Regional School District2001 - present.
Member, SALT visitation team, Portsmouth Middle School, 2001.
RI Dept. of Education I-Plan Review Team, 2006-present.