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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

Current Year 2019 News Archives

A Young Adult's Guide to RI's Behavioral Health System (PDF) image

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2018 Grant Criteria, Application and Instructions

Please share this opportunity with organizations and businesses in your community! 2018 marks the Sherlock Center's tenth year of the Access for All Abilities (AAA) Mini-Grant initiative. To date, 40 businesses and organizations have received approximately $98,000 to increase access to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities for persons with disabilities. The Sherlock Center, Rhode Island's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), receives funding for this initiative through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Applications for the current cycle are due by September 21, 2018.

May 10, 2018
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Sherlock Sentinels Spring Meeting

June 6, 2018
5:00 - 6:30 PM
Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom
Topic: RIde Program and Scheduling System
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Spring Meeting Flyer and Directions (English) adobe PDF logo 180 kb (PDF)
Spring Meeting Flyer and Directions (Spanish) adobe PDF logo 50 kb (PDF)

Join us to learn about the RIde Program and how to use their new automated scheduling system. RIPTA representatives will be available to answer your questions! Youth and adults with disabilities, family members, direct support staff, and others supporting persons with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

This event is sponsored by the Sentinels Advisory Committee. The Sherlock Sentinels and the Advisory Committee provide guidance and feedback to the Sherlock Center on the needs of persons with disabilities in Rhode Island. We are currently recruiting Sentinels. Information will be available at this event.

May 7, 2018
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Scholarships available for Summer ZooCamp!

The ZooCamp Scholarship Fund for Children with Autism is now accepting applications for 2018 summer camp. The ZooCamp Scholarship Fund for Children with Autism is a collaborative effort of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at RI College and Roger Williams Park Zoo with the objective to increase accessibility of summer ZooCamp to children on the autism spectrum while providing supports for success. Multiple scholarships are available with a choice of weeks. A full-time Inclusion Specialist will work with ZooCamp staff to integrate campers into an inclusive, curriculum-based ZooCamp experience. Complete details and the application are provided in the flyers below.

2018 ZooCamp Scholarship Fund Application adobe PDF logo 326 kb PDF

2018 ZooCamp Scholarship Fund Flyer adobe PDF logo 476 kb PDF

April 18, 2018
#ICanCDE Photo-Sharing Campaign

The Campaign for Disability Employment recently launched a social media photo-sharing campaign. To participate, people with disabilities and employers are invited to share photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram that illustrate the campaign's core message that "At work, it's what people CAN do that matters." These photos should be posted using the hashtag #ICanCDE. The CDE is a multi-organization effort funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Learn more about the photo-sharing campaign.

April 3, 2018

Meet the 2018 Sherlock Center Trainees!

As a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), the Sherlock Center recruits trainees from various disciplines to develop their knowledge of disability issues at a local and national level. Trainees partner with staff and faculty to support current projects, participate in topical seminars, and attend national conferences and events.
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Lucinda Churchill

Lucinda (Lucy) is a graduate student in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. She is working on a graduate certificate in trauma informed care and will earn her MSW in May. Lucy has extensive experience working with young children and infants; paying particular attention to helping families overcome barriers in school and the community. As a trainee, Lucy is interested in applying her knowledge and interest in trauma informed care to enhance supports for people with disabilities.

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Nicole Meglio

Nicole is a first year graduate student in School Psychology Program at Rhode Island College. Nicole is interested in working with elementary school students and their families. She recently provided technical assistance to Henry Barnard Laboratory School to support inclusion of a young student who has Autism. As a trainee, Nicole is interested in learning how to help students succeed not only academically, but also behaviorally, socially and emotionally.

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Brittany Resendes

Brittany is an undergraduate student in the School Psychology Program at Rhode Island College. She is currently interning as a School Psychologist at McCourt Middle School in Cumberland, RI, as well as completing a practicum at Elizabeth Carter Brooks Elementary School in New Bedford, MA. Brittany's focus as a trainee is Autism Education.

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Carla V. Sánchez De Andrade

Carla is a graduate student in the School Psychology Program at Rhode Island College. She is an intern in the Providence Public School District.  Carla likes to stay focused on the successful stores of people with diverse or significant disabilities – how they go against the odds to accomplish their goals. As a trainee, she plans to focus on advocacy, grant writing and learning more about available resources to support people with disabilities.

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Lori Turner

Lori is a graduate student in the Elementary Education Program at Rhode Island College. Lori has a background in social work, however, her long-term goal is to be a Special Education Teacher at the elementary level. As a trainee, Lori is focused on learning more about educational advocacy for students in state care and is interested in Autism Education.

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Meg Voyer

Meg is a graduate student in the Art Education Program at Rhode Island College. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. Meg had the opportunity to work with students with disabilities through her elementary practicum experience. As a trainee, Meg would like to gain knowledge about the disability field that she can apply to her future career as an art educator.

March 4, 2018

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New BHDDH Guide for Youth

Check out the new Guide for youth with behavioral health needs in Rhode Island. "Take Charge of Your Behavioral Health" provides valuable information and resources for individuals and families.

February 27, 2018

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Supporting Child Development and Improving Family Economic Security

Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation (OPRE) released this report that investigates the design and evaluation of approaches that alleviate poverty by addressing the needs of low-income parents and children. Programs that combine services intended to support both child development and parental economic security were examined. Recent advances in implementation science and other fields of research provide key insights for new programs that may prove more effective than similar programs designed in the 1980s and 1990s.

February 11, 2018

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The Rhode Island State Rehabilitation Council and the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS) will conduct a public meeting to allow interested groups, organizations and all segments of the public an opportunity to comment on the State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supported Employment as required by the Rehabilitation Act as amended. The meeting will provide a forum to provide input to the State Plan. Attached please find the Public Hearing Notice for the public forum to be held :

DATE: March 8, 2018
TIME: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Warwick Public Library
Room 101
600 Sandy Lane
Warwick, RI 02889

Download Flyer adobe PDF logo 113 kb PDF

If you would like to view a DRAFT copy of the VR portion of the WIOA state plan updates, please go to: http://www.ors.ri.gov/StatePlanUpdates/2018%20State%20Plan%20Updates%20-%20clean%20copy.pdf adobe PDF logo

If you plan on attending and need any type of accommodation, please contact Sharon Dipinto, noted below, as soon as possible.

Sharon DiPinto
Sr. Human Services Policy & Systems Specialist
401.462-7818 (V) - 401.222.3574 (Fax)
Office of Rehabilitation Services
40 Fountain Street - Providence, RI 02903

January 31, 2018

Promoting Student Success

Learn how the Sherlock Center is promoting success in the classroom and community for students with low incidence disabilities.

January 30, 2018

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It's not too soon to think about summer camp options!
Below is a link to 2018 summer camp options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and siblings. The list includes a brief description of each camp and a link to their website and/or contact information. The sharing of this list does not imply endorsement by the Sherlock Center, RI College.

2018 Camp List for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children adobe PDF logo 105 kb PDF

January 22, 2018

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Self-Employment Research Briefs

The NIDILRR-funded project on Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities and Self-Employment Through Microenterprise has published a series of research briefs highlighting the results of the survey research on self-employed individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Characteristics of Businesses and Business Owners adobe PDF logo (PDF) describes the survey participants' experiences with barriers and supports to self-employment and the types of businesses they run. Being and Becoming Self-Employed adobe PDF logo (PDF) provides insight into the experience of self-employment, the challenges, and strategies for overcoming challenges and reclaiming employment. Planning for the Future: Growth-Oriented Entrepreneurship adobe PDF logo (PDF) presents findings related to growing a business and planning for the future.

January 20, 2018

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Disability Stigma

Disability Stigma and Your Patients - Fact Sheet for Health Care Providers

For people with disabilities, stigma can be a major barrier to participation. Stigmatizing attitudes about disabilities can also affect relationships between patients and providers. However, health care providers can be allies with their patients and help reduce the impact of stigma. "Disability Stigma and Your Patients" was developed by Arielle Silverman, PhD, and published by the University of Washington Aging RRTC.

January 16, 2018

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Supporting Kids With Autism

Education Week has produced a video with psychologist Laura Anthony from the Center of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Children's National Health System explaining ways that teachers can support young children with autism in the classroom. Also, meet "Julia", Sesame Street's newest muppet, depicting a 4 year old girl with autism interacting with classroom peers.

January 15, 2018

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Film Showing and Discussion sponsored by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island

My Hero Brother
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
7:00 PM
Dwares JCC, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence

In this film, a group of young Israelis with Down Syndrome embark on a demanding trek through the Himalayas with their siblings. As they deal with physical and emotional challenges, unresolved conflicts surface and heartwarming friendships develop. Follow their difficult trials and poignant relationships set against the richly colorful backdrop of India. This film will open new horizons and greatly deepen your understanding of people with disabilities and their families. 1 hour, 18 minutes and will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

Download the flyer for complete details: http://bit.ly/2ATCLOu adobe PDF logo 653 kb PDF

January 9, 2018

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NPR: Special Series: Abused and Betrayed: People with Intellectual Disabilities and an Epidemic of Sexual Assault

At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that there's little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8 and runs through January 18th.

January 8, 2018

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Topical Webinar Five-Part Series on the Transition to Employment Among Youth Receiving SSI

Wednesday, January 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Sponsor: Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor

Young people with disabilities, especially those who receive SSI, need policies, programs, and interventions that can help them make a smooth transition into adult life, particularly into employment. However, many youth receiving SSI benefits fall behind their peers when it comes to achieving economic success and independence as adults, which raises questions about the effectiveness of existing supports. This issue is of particular policy interest given the major growth in the number of youth receiving SSI benefits over the past decade. Part 1 of this five-part webinar series will explore how benefits counseling, when paired with other interventions, can improve employment outcomes for young people with disabilities.

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