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

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April 17, 2016
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Voter Hotline
For Voters with Disabilities

If you face barriers to voting or have questions about access to voting or voting rights, please contact the RI Disability Law Center’s Voter Hotline:

TTY: 1- 831-5335

Hotline Hours: 7am to 8pm on Election Days or you may also contact the Rhode Island Disability Law Center with your disability related voting questions at any time during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm at the above numbers.

April 14, 2016
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NEW Resources for Staying Informed in Rhode Island

Developmental Disability News by Gina Macris
Developmental Disability News covers the long-term impact of a landmark 2014 Consent Decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and the State of Rhode Island, as well as a related Interim Settlement Agreement between the DOJ and the City of Providence signed in 2013. Readers can subscribe to the blog to receive updates by email.

RI DD Family Information Facebook Page
This new page is designed for Rhode Islander’s receiving services from DDD and their families. The page is managed by a family member. Questions will be forwarded to the appropriate person at DDD, and answers will be posted to the page.

April 12, 2016
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2016 Access for All Abilities Mini-Grants Opportunity – Application Deadline May 20th.

The Sherlock Center is soliciting applications from organizations and businesses offering social, recreational, leisure and cultural activities in Rhode Island communities for "Access for All Abilities" (AAA) Mini-Grants. The Sherlock Center will award up to four grants in 2016. Businesses/organizations may apply for up to $2,500. 2016 marks the Sherlock Center's eighth year of the Access for All Abilities Mini-Grant initiative. To date, 30 businesses and organizations have received more than $67,000 in grant funding. Click here for complete details and to learn about past recipients.

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ZooCamp Scholarships Summer 2016

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism ZooCamp Scholarship program is a collaborative effort of Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Sherlock Center. The objective is to increase accessibility of summer ZooCamp to children on the autism spectrum while providing supports for success.

The ZooCamp Scholarship program will provide thirty (30) full scholarships to Summer Adventures ZooCamp for children ages 6 – 10 with choice of weeks June 13 through August 19. Download the notice below for complete details and scholarship criteria. The application deadline is May 11, 2016.

Download ZooCamp Scholarship Notice -pdf logo image 295 kb (PDF)
Download ZooCamp Scholarship Application - pdf logo image 616 kb (PDF)

April 4, 2016
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Certificate of Community Studies for Students with ID
April 15th application deadline quickly approaching!
Online Application

The Certificate in Community Studies (CCS) at Rhode Island College will offer students with intellectual disability (ID) the opportunity to self-direct academic coursework and internships to enhance their skills and knowledge critical to a variety of career choices. The CCS includes internships extending student knowledge and skills across four vocational internship experiences. The CCS is designed to include students with ID who are still eligible for special education through their local school district and students who have already graduated from high school.

March 18, 2016
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ZERO TO THREE Applauds Addition of Infant and Early Childhood Provisions to Mental Health Reform Act

The provision, which addresses the need for prevention, intervention, and treatment programs specifically for very young children, was not included in the original draft of the bill. ZERO TO THREE – a national nonprofit that has worked to advance the healthy development of America’s babies and toddlers for nearly 40 years – spearheaded the effort to have the measure added to the bill, which was marked up by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions today. The inclusion of the provision underscores the need to focus comprehensive mental health reform where the foundations of strong mental health are laid – with young children, starting from birth.

Download full press release.

March 6, 2016
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VSA Arts at the Atrium
13th Annual Paul V. Sherlock Memorial Art Show
Artist Reception: Tuesday, March 15, Noon to 1:30 PM

music by Atwater-Donnelly with brief speaking program
RISCA's Atrium Gallery - William Powers Administration Building

This exhibit honors Paul Sherlock, a man whose career as teacher, legislator, State Director of Special Education and advocate for people with disabilities transformed Rhode Island into becoming a place where exhibits such as this -and the unseen work that takes place to assist the artist's creative process - are possible.

The over 100 works on display demonstrate a breadth of style and images - art that is as varied in method and expression as the life experiences of the individual artists; artworks demonstrating that it is not preconceived notions of what "disability" is that defines us, but our passion for creating art. The talents on exhibit are a fitting tribute to celebrate Paul Sherlock's lifelong dedication towards improving the lives of people with disabilities. and serve as a reminder to the rest of us to render life in bolder strokes. The exhibit will be on display from February 22 to March 23, 2016, Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm.

January 31, 2016
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Providence Journal posts Rhode Island's progress on meeting consent decree benchmarks Posted January 27, 2016, By Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state is failing to meet key benchmarks of a landmark settlement requiring it to move intellectually and developmentally disabled Rhode Islanders from segregated, isolating settings into the work force and the community at large, an independent court monitor has found. The state and the city entered a consent decree with U.S. Department of Justice officials in June 2013 regarding violations of federal law and the civil rights of disabled students at a city school and a state-licensed employment program over more than two decades. Read full Journal article.

January 28, 2016
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RI DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services Seeks Input on 2017 State Plan pdf logo image 658 kb (PDF)

The RI DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services is holding a public hearing on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI from 2:00 – 4:30 pm regarding the 2017 Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Section of the WIOA State Plan 658 kb PDF pdf logo image. Comments on the draft can also be sent to ORS, Attn: Sharon DiPinto, 40 Fountain Street, Providence, RI 02903.

January 24, 2016
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RIC Certificate of Community Studies - Information Forum pdf logo image 105 kb PDF

Where: Rhode Island College
When: February 10, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
RSVP Online by February 8th

Join us at RI College to learn about the Certificate of Community Studies (CCS). Detailed information will be provided regarding eligibility, plan of study, and focus areas, as well as the application process and timelines. A question and answer period will follow. Light refreshments will be provided. Read more about CCS.

January 20, 2016
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Healthy Lifestyles Youth Workshop offered in February 656 kb pdf logo image

The Rhode Island Department of Health- Office of Special Needs will be offering a free workshop in February. The Healthy Lifestyles workshop is 16 hour evidence-based health and wellness curriculum, that promotes self-discovery, self-determination, health & wellness. This program teaches youth how to make smart and healthy life choices, in the areas of emotional health, nutrition, & physical fitness, working with physicians, access the healthcare, social health, relationship, boundaries, and transition. Healthy Lifestyles also places focus on the importance of goal setting, as well as self-advocacy amongst youth ages 14-21.

Date: February 16, 17 and 18
Time: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Place: RI Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill Providence R.I.

January 7, 2016
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Sherlock Center / RI College Employment Opportunities
The Sherlock Center at Rhode Island College invites applications for the position of Access to Integrated Employment Specialist. There are two grant funded positions which are renewable contingent upon funding.

The Sherlock Center on Disabilities recently received a grant from the US Department of Education to develop an integrated Transition and Postsecondary Education Program for Adolescents and Adults with Intellectual Disability at Rhode Island College. One of the core requirements of the grant is to promote a series of self-determination and career discovery experiences that will increase each participant's access to integrated employment. Additionally, as part of a consent agreement between the State of Rhode Island and the United States Department of Justice, the Sherlock Center is providing technical assistance to adult service providers to convert from facility-based services to integrated employment. These positions will coordinate those activities. For full job description, which includes additional responsibilities and requirements for the position and application procedures, are available online at https://employment.ric.edu. Position is open until filled but priority will be given to individuals who apply by 01/18/2016.

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