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Sherlock Center Resources for Families and Individuals


Below are highlights of initiatives and resources available to families and individuals through the Sherlock Center. Click the highlighted links for additional information.

Programs & Resources


Sherlock Sentinels - The Sentinel Project strives to bring together individuals with disabilities and their family members to share their experiences with the Sherlock Center and one another. Members have a voice in affecting the efforts of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities and the lives all of persons with disabilities in Rhode Island. The Sentinel Project is the Consumer Advisory Committee for the Sherlock Center. New members are welcome to join.

Family to Family of RI - Family to Family of Rhode Island is a network created by families for families of children and adults with special needs. The network offers opportunities for families to connect with one another to share experiences, information, and/or support. The Family to Family Directory is available on the Internet and by calling (401) 727-4144, ext. 161. Membership in the network is not required to use the Directory or to contact a participating family.

Inclusion Institutes - Inclusion Institutes provide the opportunity for school personnel and parents to work in teams in planning for inclusion of individual children who have developmental disabilities. Lead by Tony Antosh, these one-day institutes address barriers to meaningful inclusion. Teams usually consist of the child's parents, a special educator, teaching assistants, therapists, and others. Most teams also include either a principal or a special education director. Each institute consist of one full day; meals are included. For more information, call (401) 456-8072. Dates for the year are typically available by mid-September.

Community Supports Navigator Project - A Community Supports Navigator provides young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and trusted allies the guidance needed to plan for meaningful, contributing adult lives in their communities after graduation from high school.
The Sherlock Center has developed a team of Community Supports Navigators, trained in the values of self-determination, person-centered planning facilitation, and the processes for accessing natural, community and formal supports including the management of self-directed supports for people with developmental disabilities in RI.

Supported Parenting - This initiative provides a variety of support services to parents self identified as having learning difficulties and/or cognitive challenges. Families must be involved in the CASSP Program and be currently raising a child or children.

RI Services to Children and Youth with Dual Sensory Impairments (DSI) - The DSI Project provides family and professional support, coordination of services, information, technical assistance, and training to children with dual sensory impairments, from birth through 22 years of age. For more information, contact Sue Dell, Project Director, (401) 456-8557.

Educational Advocate Program - This program is responsible for making educational decisions for children with disabilities who are in the care of the state, and whose parents are unable to act on their behalf.

RI Vision Education and Services Program (RIVESP) - RIVESP, supported by the Rhode Island Department of Education, provides teaching and consultation services to children who are blind or visually impaired, their families and educational staff within the school environment. The array of services available includes Early Intervention, Orientation and Mobility, and the instruction of specific compensatory skills to children from birth through 21 years.

Publications


Below is a list of publications that may be of interest to families and individuals with disabilities. Click the Publications Link for a complete list of available products.
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Resource Library


The Sherlock Center has a lending resource library with over 1500 books, periodicals, software and videotapes. If you are in need of a specific resource, let us know and we will do our best to provide assistance. Click the Resource Library link (below) for more information.

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