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December 20, 2016

The Sherlock Center was recognized by the North Kingstown Free Library for contributing to the installation of a Hearing Loop in the Meeting Room.

The Library was the recipient of a $2500 Access for All Abilities Mini-Grant intended to increase access to social, leisure and recreational activities by individuals with disabilities. A dedication was held at the North Kingstown Free Library on Saturday, 12/17/16, with a presentation by hearing loop advocate Juliette Stėrkens, AuD.

A Certificate of Appreciation was accepted on behalf of the Sherlock Center by Mary Anne Pallack, Associate Director. The next grant cycle is planned for summer 2017. Click here to join our mailing list for related announcements.

November 4, 2016

Sherlock Center Forums for Individuals and Families 181 kb (PDF)
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Individuals and Family Members - Share What Matters to You!

The Sherlock Center is working on its next five-year plan. We would like input from individuals with disabilities and family members regarding the needs of Rhode Islanders with disabilities. Please attend on November 16th to share your ideas. Two sessions are planned. You are welcome to attend one or both sessions. Light refreshments will be available.

Afternoon Session (1:30 - 3:00 PM) - Topics will include Self-determination, Community Membership and Workforce Development.

Evening Session (5:30 - 7:00 PM) - Topics will include Early Childhood & education, Transition to Adult Life and Low Incidence Disabilities (vision impairment, hearing loss, autism, etc.)

November 3, 2016

Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment

DEADLINE FOR JANUARY START IS NOVEMBER 15, 2016!

Information and application guidance and materials at: https://www.ric.edu/cuscca

This is a two-year inclusive college certificate program at Rhode Island College designed for students with Intellectual Disabilities (age 18 - 30).

Who should participate: Questions? crosenbaum@ric.edu

October 13, 2016

Sherlock Center Forums for Individuals and Families
181 kb (PDF)
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The Sherlock Center is holding a forum on Wednesday evening, 5:30 - 7:00 PM for individuals and family members. The Sherlock Center is working on its next five-year plan. The focus of the session will be self-determination and community membership. Please join us and let us know what matters to you!

RSVP Online using the link above or contact the Sherlock Center at 401-456-2764 or esollecito@ric.edu.

The Sherlock Center is holding additional forums on November 16th. Topics that will be addressed include education, transition, and employment.


October 6, 2016

I Want You To Hear 1.02 MB (PDF)

Location: Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, Rhode Island College
Time:10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Dates:
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017
RSVP: Elizabeth Fairchild efairchild@cochlear.com or 919-710-6859

This educational seminar for families is about different options for your child's hearing loss. The Cochlear Americas team will be talking about how natural hearing works vs a hearing aid and cochlear implants. You will be able to speak with families who have been down this path and can help mentor you though the process. Come meet other families who are going through the same experience you are and give your child the opportunity to meet others who have hearing loss.
September 27 , 2016

National Voter Registration Campaign

September 26 - 30th is National Voter Registration Week! The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is hosting a national nonpartisan social media campaign to drive voter registration by sharing information, resources and individual experiences.

In addition to sharing information throughout the week, on Thursday 9/29 at 4pmET, AUCD will host a Twitter Chat with Jennifer Mathis, Deputy Legal Director at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health law, to discuss the voting rights of voters with disabilities. Use the hashtag #PWSreg2vote to join the campaign.

Follow AUCD's social accounts:
September 15 , 2016

A New Path: Employment Information Session for Families of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
193 kb (PDF)

Next session is October 6, 2016

Come learn more about employment possibilities for your family member with an intellectual disability. A New Path is sponsored by the Sherlock Center. The discussion will address: employment and community integration, employment supports and work incentives. Presenters will include a panel of people successfully employed in Rhode Island. Hear their stories and more. Register by September 29th.
September 8 , 2016

Rhode Island College Forum - Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment
A College Opportunity for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Thursday, September 29, 2016
5:30-7:00 PM
Rhode Island College-Student Union Ballroom

RSVP Online
Download Forum Flyer 123 kb

Join us on September 29th at RI College to learn about the Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment (CCA) for students with intellectual disabilities. 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. RSVP requested by September 22, 2016.

Access to the ARTS!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at RI College, Alger Hall 110

RSVP Online
Download Flyer 78 kb (PDF)

The Sentinels Advisory Committee at the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities invites individuals with disabilities, family members, and other members of the disability community to a celebration of creative expression at RI College. Guest Speaker: Randall Rosenbaum, Rhode Island State Council on the Art Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the RI State Council on the Arts, will talk about the opportunities and importance of participation of individuals with disabilities in the ARTS, including illustration, photography, music, dance, and more!

A display is planned to showcase the work of local artists with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.

This event is sponsored by the Sentinels Advisory Committee. The Sherlock Sentinels and the Advisory Committee provides guidance and feedback to the Sherlock Center on the needs of individuals with disabilities living in Rhode Island. The Sherlock Center is recruiting new Sentinels. Information will be available at this event.
August 11, 2016

Attention Artists! Share Your Art


Deadline to submit: September 2, 2016 Registration Forms:
A video and in-person display is planned to showcase the work of local artists with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities as part of a presentation on "Access the ARTS" to be held on September 28, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at RI College. THERE IS NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE.

The Sherlock Center invites individuals of all ages to participate in the display in the following ways:
July 28, 2016

Access to the ARTS!
SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at RI College

The Sentinels Advisory Committee at the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities invites individuals with disabilities, family members, and other members of the disability community to a celebration of creative expression at RI College. Guest Speaker: Randall Rosenbaum, Rhode Island State Council on the Art Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the RI State Council on the Arts, will talk about the opportunities and importance of participation of individuals with disabilities in the ARTS, including illustration, photography, music, dance, and more!

A display is planned to showcase the work of local artists with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.

Print Save the Date Flyer
JOIN OUR MAILING LIST! Click "Access to the Arts" to receive information as it becomes available.

This event is sponsored by the Sentinels Advisory Committee. The Sherlock Sentinels and the Advisory Committee provides guidance and feedback to the Sherlock Center on the needs of individuals with disabilities living in Rhode Island. The Sherlock Center is recruiting new Sentinels. Information will be available at this event.
June 23, 2016

Family / Professional Partnerships Conference

Family Voices is holding its 10th Annual Family/Professional Partnerships Conference on July 15, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.
The event will include a resource fair for families, children/youth, and providers serving those with special health care needs. The $10 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and all activities. Register at www.ripin.org or for more information contact, Tara Townsend at 401-270-0101, extension 139 or townsend@ripin.org.
June 20, 2016

Developmental Disability News
- by Gina Macris
Senate Passes DD Budget with $9 Million for Worker Raises, Incentives

At 1:30 in the morning on Saturday, the Rhode Island Senate passed a $246.2 million developmental disabilities budget, including language that had quietly been inserted by the House to protect more than $9 million in raises and performance incentives form being used for any other purpose. Read more.

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.
April 17, 2016

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:


401-831-3150
1-800-733-5332
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

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

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.
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 - 295 kb (PDF)
Download ZooCamp Scholarship Application - 616 kb (PDF)
April 4, 2016

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

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

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

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

RI DHS/Office of Rehabilitation Services Seeks Input on 2017 State Plan 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 Comments on the draft can also be sent to ORS, Attn: Sharon DiPinto, 40 Fountain Street, Providence, RI 02903.


January 24, 2016

RIC Certificate of Community Studies - Information Forum 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

Healthy Lifestyles Youth Workshop offered in February 656 kb PDF

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 8, 2016

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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