Maria Heffernan, BA

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-1948
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Last Updated: June 14, 2018


Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Program Coordinator, Educational Advocate Program
Discipline(s): Education/Special Education
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Program Coordinator, Educational Advocate Program, 7/2013-present

Interim Program Coordinator, Educational Advocate Program, 11/2012-6/2013

Educational Advocate, 8/1994-present

Oversee the daily responsibilities of a program that serves students with special education needs, who are in the custody of the RI Child Welfare System.  Ensure goals and objectives of program are achieved in accordance with a Federal Court Order.  Supervise and support program staff of six.

Appointed by the RI Department of Education to propose, monitor and review special education plans for children in the care of the Department of Children, Youth and Families.  Manage a substantial caseload of students, aged 3-21, who attend public, alternative and residential schools.  Effectively participate in Special Education Team meetings, IEP meetings, discipline meetings as well as residential and hospital discharge meetings.  Provide training, information, guidance and support to parents, foster parents and staff of community based agencies.  Maintain records and data collection focusing on compliance and positive outcomes of program.