Amy Grattan, Ph.D.

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-4739
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: March 13, 2023


Leadership: UCEDD Director
Primary Activity Coordinators: Technical Assistance
Discipline(s): Education: General
Education/Special Education
Education: Administration
Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership


Master Teacher, Sherlock Center on Disabilities, Rhode Island College    2007- Present



Rhode Island College/University of Rhode Island Ph.D. in Education,2017           

Masters of Special Education, Rhode Island College, 2004    

BS Elementary/Special Education, Rhode Island College, 1993        



Elementary Education Teacher Certification – Rhode Island                        

Mild/Moderate Special Education Teacher Certification -Rhode Island

Severe/Profound Special Education Life Teacher Certification  - Rhode Island

Director of Special Education Certification – Rhode Island

CLASS Observer (2010-Present)

ICP Observer & Trainer

RI Early Learning and Development Trainer Instructor Certification: Foundations, Classroom & Administrator



Rhode Island College Alumni Award, 2012

Leadership Award from the Rhode Island Autism Project, 2002 


Teaching Experience

Adjunct Professor at Rhode Island College, 2007-2016

  • SPED534: Engaging Families of Children with Disabilities
  • SPED 560: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • ECED 440: ECED 440: Collaborative Relationships Through Coaching
  • SPED 562: Practicum in Autism Education
  • SPED 568: Practicum Internship Inclusive Early Childhood Teacher

Adjunct Professor at University of Rhode Island

  • EDP509: Teaching Children with Moderate to Severe Disabilities, 2014

Adjunct Professor Johnson and Wales University

  • EDUC6032:  Inclusive Settings for Young Children with Special Needs, an Administrator’s Perspective
  • Instructor of the class SPED 5002: Curriculum and Methods for Exceptional Children, Summer, 2006

RI Early Learning Standards Trainer, 1993- 2016

  • Curriculum Course: Standards-Based Curriculum
  • Teacher Course: Standards-Based Classrooms
  • Administrator Course: Standards-Based Programs

Westerly School Department, 1994-2007

  • Teacher of Children with Moderate, Severe and Profound Needs


Speaking Engagements/Presentations

Presented at the RI State Police Professional Development, 2018

Presented at the National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute, Chapel Hill, NC: 2016, 2017, 2018

Presented Child Inc, 2018

Presented at the National Autism Technical Assistance Conference: 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013

Presented at the Network of Autism Training and Technical Assistance Programs (NATTAP) National Conference: A System of Supports for Individuals with Autism in RI, 2008

Presented at the OSEP Early Childhood Conference, Washington DC: 2012

Presented to RI Americore: Understanding Autism 2012, Promoting Student Success:
How inclusion and organizing for learning is used to support achievement for all students
, 2014, Inclusion,2016

Presented to Roger Williams Zoo Camp Staff: Understanding Autism: 2010 and 2011

Presented to Stonington Public School System:  3 Day Conference on Structured Teaching, Curriculum, and Inclusion: 2010

Presented at the National Autism Technical Assistance Conference:  The Building of a State Wide Infrastructure for Students with Autism in Rhode Island, 2009

Presented for the RI Teacher Assistant Network:  Understanding and Implementing Data Programs, 2008, Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2007

Presented to the Burlington Massachusetts Parent Advisory Committee: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2007

Presented to Ability Plus Dover, NH: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2007

Presented at the Annual Tech Access Conference: Supporting reading Comprehension for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders,2006

Presented at the National Conference for the Autism Society of America: The Building of a State Wide Infrastructure for Students with Autism in Rhode Island, 2006

Presented at the RIDE/RITAP Statewide Leadership Conference, 2006

Presented at the CHILDSPAN Keys to Quality Early Learning Conference, 2006

Presented to the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals, 2005

Presented at the University of Rhode Island/Literacy Institute 

            Behavior Supports for Young Children with Autism: 2005

Presented to the staff at the South Shore Collaborative, Hingham, MA.

            Understanding Autism:  2005

Presented at the RI Assistive Technology Conference

Literacy for Students with Autism:  2004


Professional Experience


Master Teacher, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities                           September 2007 - Present

  • Provide Technical Assistance to the RI Department of Education (RIDE) with the following projects:
    • Early Childhood Itinerant Special Education Service Delivery Model
    • Universal Pre-k programs, the Pre-k Quality Improvement Project, and Pre-K LRE project
    • MSP Grants for Common Core Math and New Generation Science
    • Develop Alternate Grade Span Expectations
    • Develop the New Alternate Assessment System
    • Professional development for the New RI Alternate Assessment and Alternate Grade Span Expectations
    • Team Leader in the School Support Monitoring System for special populations.
    • Participation in the annual review and writing of the Federal Monitoring report, the State Performance Plan in regards to Assessment for Student with Disabilities
    • Developing IEP’s in relationship to the Alternate Grade Span Expectations and Alternate Assessment.
  • Provide Technical Assistance to the CT UCEDD, 2017 - Present
    • Acting Training Director
    • Project Management of CT UCEDD/CT DOE Pyramid Contract
    • Intensive TA Consultant for ECPC National Grant
  • LEND Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Sentinel Advisory Support
  • Leadership Team Member
  • Early Intervention Professional Development
  • Membership and collaboration with RI Coalition of Autism Research and Treatment Team(RICART)
  • Program contact for work with the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (NPDC-ASD)
  • Provide ongoing consultations, training and professional development to parents, professionals and Public School Departments related to inclusion and disability
  • Member of the RI Autism Commission, 2009-2012
  • UDL Faculty Program, RI Project 2010-2011


Consultant for the Rhode Island  Early Childhood Standards Project               June 2003 – Present 

  • Program management for the revision of the RI Early Learning Professional Development
  • Lead writer for the RI Early Learning Professional Development Series 
  • Lead Trainer for the Train the Trainers Professional Development Series
  • Train community early childhood providers in the use of the RI Early Learning Standards.
  • Participate in the development of extension workshops using the RI Early Learning Standards, Writing IEP’s using the Early Learning Standards, Differentiating Instruction in the Early Learning Environment.


Autism Fellow, Department of Education, Rhode Island  September 2003 – June 2007

§ Individual student consultation to develop appropriate programs for students with autism

§ Program Consultation to develop appropriate programs for students with autism and increase the capacity of school districts to provide services for students with ASD.

§ Provide workshops and training for school districts on research-based practices for students with ASD.

§ Co- Coordinate the Statewide Autism Network to support school personnel, parents and caregivers working with students with ASD.

§ Participate in the development of Alternate Grade Level Expectations for students with Low Incidence Disabilities.

  • Participate in writing the State Annual Performance Plan (APR) and the State Performance Plan (SPP) – Indicator 3:  Participation and performance of children with disabilities on statewide assessments 2004-2005 reporting period
  • School Support Monitoring Visits for Special Education Team Leader 2005-2011
  • Member of the Leadership and Professional Development Team for RI Alternate Assessment


Consultant for Ocean State Community Resources              March 2005 –May 2010

  • Participate as a team member to develop Home Based Therapeutic Treatment plans for individuals with disabilities.


Consultant to Measured Progress               July 2005- August 2005

  • Participate in the development of the RI Alternate Assessment Pilot manual.
  • Participate in the development of the RI Alternate Assessment Pilot training series.           


Consultant, Autism Support Center, RITAP                                       September 2002- August 2003

§ Provide consultation services to classrooms and students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Consultant for the Rhode Island Autism Project   September 1999 – August 2002        


Related work activities

Close Reading Institute, Review Team, 2015

RI Early Learning Standards Development Team:  Lead Writer 2013-present

  • Foundations of the RI Early Learning and Development Standards
  • Curriculum Course: Standards-Based Curriculum
  • Teacher Course: Standards Based Classrooms
  • Administrator Course: Standards Based Programs

OCALI Conference Reviewer, 2012, 2013, 2014

NCSC Alternate Assessment Item Reviewer 2013

Legislative Commission for Autism Spectrum Disorders, 2010

RI Coalition of Autism Research, 2012



Grattan, A. (2017). Early Childhood Educator’s Perspectives on Autism and Evidence Based Practices.(Doctoral dissertation). ProQuest LLC. 


Research & Grants

National Professional Development Center on Autism Grant, awarded 2010

Rhode Island Department of Education State Funded Pre-K PD/TA Grant, proposal submitted 2014

Organization of Autism Research (OAR): Proposal submitted 2011, 2012 

Office of Special Populations, Personal Preparation Grant: Collaborative proposal submitted 2011