The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service.
Since 1963, University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) have worked towards a shared vision that individuals with disabilities participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision. There are 67 UCEDDs with at least one in every U.S. state.
Areas of Emphasis
Early Intervention & Education
Transition, Employment, and Adult Life
Children participate more in the general curriculum
Children demonstrate greater proficiency on academic, social and behavioral measures
More adolescents graduate from high school
Transition plans are practical and include real strategies for independent living, employment and community membership
More adults are employed
More children and adults have access to leisure and other community opportunities
There are an adequate number of direct support professionals
More students from diverse backgrounds enter careers connected to the lives of people with disabilities
More students and leaders are trained and continue to work in disability related fields
More service providers use evidence-based services and supports