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November 20, 2017

The Council is an advisory body appointed by the Governor and mandated by RI Law 40-9-3. The GAC requires 9 members. Each member serves a 5 year term and is selected with regard to his/her interest in and their knowledge of the conditions regarding the blind and visually impaired. If you or someone you know is a person with blindness, or interested in joining this group, please contact the RISBVI Administrator Laurie DiOrio 462-7889 or email laurie.diorio@dhs.ri.gov.

The Council meets quarterly and welcomes new participants. The Council's duties include:
November 15, 2017


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 as required by the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998 and Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014. The meeting will provide a forum to provide input to amending the current State Plan to establish a waitlist for Category 1 under the Order of Selection. (OOS).

To view revised draft to State Plan, visit http://www.ors.state.ri.us/CurrentNews.html.

November 21st, 2017, 2:00 4:00 p.m.
Warwick Public Library
Room 101
600 Sandy Lane, Warwick, RI 02889

The Warwick Public Library is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Anyone requiring accommodations must contact Sharon DiPinto at (Voice) 462-7818;
Spanish 272.8090;
Relay RI 711; prior to November 7, 2017.

Please refrain from wearing scented products to the meeting.

October 17, 2017

Temas Familiares Conference: Practical ideas for raising and educating children
Saturday, November 4, 2017
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex
182 Thurbers Avenue, Providence
Keynote Speaker: Javier Torres
Free workshops, children's activities and refreshments.

October 16, 2017

Sherlock Center Awards Mini-Grants to Rhode Island Organizations!

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College recently awarded "Access for All Abilities" mini-grants to the following Rhode Island organizations: The Sherlock Center's mini-grant initiative funds up to $2500 for projects that increase access for people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities. The goal is to increase long-term accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in activities offered to the general public. Since the initiative's 2009 inception, approximately $88,000 has been granted to 40 businesses and organizations. Learn more.
September 19, 2017

RI College Forum - Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment

Attend and learn about this college opportunity for students with intellectual disability (ID).
November 1, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 PM
Rhode Island College
Student Union Building, Ballroom-3rd floor
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI 02908

RSVP Online
Download Forum Flyer 334 kb PDF
Learn more about the Certificate program at http://www.ric.edu/cuscca.

August 3, 2017

BHDDH announces next DD Family Forum

Tuesday, August 8th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Coventry Human Services & Senior Center
50 Wood Street, Coventry, RI 02818
You are encouraged to send an email to BHDDH.AskDD@bhddh.ri.gov if there are topics you would like to suggest that we include on the agenda.
July 31, 2017

What are your experiences with health insurance or Medicaid?

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: Health Insurance Interviews: The NIDILRR-funded Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living (CHRIL) is recruiting adults with disabilities to participate in interviews about their experiences with getting and using health insurance. All adults ages 18 to 63 with any type of disability are encouraged to participate. Participants over age 50 and those with sensory disabilities are also particularly needed. Qualified individuals chosen for the study will participate in a 30-40 minute phone interview about their health insurance experiences. Participants who complete the interview will receive a $40 gift card. To get more information and/or to express your interest in participating please go to the CHRIL website, call toll-free 1-855-556-6328, or email healthsurvey@ku.edu.

July 24, 2017

Cochlear Coffee Chat 2 MB (PDF)

Cochlear Coffee Chat, Wednesday, July 27, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Courtyard Newport Middletown, 9 Commerece Drive, Middletown, RI

2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cranston Corner Bakery
140 Hillside Road, Cranston, RI

July 18, 2017

2017 Access for All Abilities (AAA) Mini-Grant Deadline is July 21st!

2017 marks the Sherlock Center's ninth year of the Access for All Abilities Mini-Grant initiative. To date, 35 businesses and organizations have received more than $78,000 to increase access to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities for individuals 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. Submissions are due by Friday, July 21, 2017.
July 7, 2017

Family Forums Planned for July - Help Design a System for Person-Centered Thinking in Rhode Island 350 kb (PDF)

The system of services and supports for Rhode Island adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities is in transformation. The new system needs to be built on the concept that the person is the beginning and the end of every conversation and must be the primary focus of every conversation and every form. This is called person-centered thinking. Many of you have been involved with this idea for a long time. Some of you have participated in meetings about person-centeredness during the past few years. It is now time for Rhode Island to take the next steps towards implementing a truly person-centered system. Implementing a true person-centered system is a step towards the conflict-free case management system. Click the link above to download complete details.

These will be family-to-family discussions and will be facilitated by family members. No registration is required. If you need any accommodations, please make your request at least one week in advance of the scheduled forum. Contact Elaine Sollecito at esollecito@ric.edu or call 401-456-2764.

Peace Dale Library - July 10 - 5:30-7:30 pm - 1057 Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI 02879

Middletown Library - July 10 - 5:30-7:30 pm - 700 W. Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842

Kingston Free Library - July 12 - 5:30-7:30 pm - 2605 Kingstown Road, Kingston, RI 02881

Mohr Library in Johnston - July 18 - 5:30-7:30 pm - 1 Memorial Avenue, Johnston, RI 02919

Middletown Library - July 19 - 5:30-7:30 pm - 700 W. Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842

Harris Library in Woonsocket - July 19 - 5:30-7:30 pm - 303 Clinton Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895

June 4, 2017

Work Incentives Public Information Session - June 21, 2017
Woonsocket Harris Public Library, Woonsocket, RI
SSDI: 2:00 - 3:15 pm
SSI: 3:45 - 5:00 pm

Do you receive SSI or SSDI? The Social Security Administration offers a variety of work incentives and support services to help individuals go to work. At the information sessions, a Certified Work Incentive Benefits Counselor (CWIC) will review available Social Security work incentives for SSI and SSDI Beneficiaries. Pre-registration required.
April 24, 2017
Scholarship Applications for 2017 ZooCamp - Apply by May 11, 2017

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism ZooCamp Scholarship program will provide five (5) full scholarships to Tadpole Academy ZooCamp for children ages 4 & 5, thirty (30) full scholarships to Summer Adventures ZooCamp for children ages 6 - 10, and five (5) full scholarships to children ages 11 - 13 to Conservation Heroes ZooCamp.

For questions, email programs@rwpzoo.org.

ZooCamp Scholarship Notice 360 kb (PDF)
ZooCamp Scholarship Application 511 kb (PDF)

The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism ZooCamp Scholarship program is a collaborative effort of Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island 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.

April 17, 2017
Sherlock Sentinels Spring Event - Making Something Happen in Your Life!

When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Ballroom, Student Union Building, Rhode Island College
Download the Flyer 65 kb (PDF)

The Sherlock Sentinels invite individuals and their families to attend a night of conversation and advocacy bingo. Guest speakers will share their stories of how they successfully advocated for themselves and/or a family member. Included in the lineup for the evening is a fun game of Advocacy Bingo with prizes awarded. This is a great way to have fun, meet new people, and learn more about the Sentinels.

There is no fee to attend. Light refreshments will be available. RSVP by May 3rd. Please let us know if you need a sign language interpreter or materials in Braille or large print when you RSVP.

RSVP Online
RSVP by email
RSVP by Phone: 401-456-2764
April 2, 2017
Meet the Sherlock Center Diversity Fellows

Omar Bah
Winner of the 2016 John F. Kiffney Public Service Award from the Providence Newspaper Guild, and recipient of 'One of Rhode Islanders of the Year 2015' award from Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, Omar Bah is the Founder& Executive Director of the Refugee Dream Center. Read more.

Reyna Zapata-Gonzalez
Reyna Zapata-Gonzalez, born in the Dominican Republic, has been living in the United States for over thirty years and has been a resident of Rhode Island most of that time. She has been working in the early childhood field for over 16 years as a literacy coach, mentor coach, course facilitator with Ready to Learn Providence and a quality improvement specialist for BrightStars. Read more.

The Sherlock Center was one of 17 University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) awarded a National Training Initiative grant by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), in the Administration on Community Living (ACL). The grant supports the recruitment and retention of trainees from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to participate in a fellowship experience at the UCEDD with opportunities to make systemic change through a capstone project and community-based activities. Read more about all the 2016-2017 AUCD Fellow.

March 23, 2017
The Rhode Island State House will be lit up in green from March 27 -31, 2017 in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The John E. Fogarty Foundation presents:
A program to salute and promote new approaches that support the goals of people with developmental disabilities.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Join us at the State House to learn more about the current issues facing people with developmental disabilities in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island State House, Senate Lounge
3:00 - 4:00 PM (speaking program starts at 3:15 sharp)
(Handicap Accessible)
Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed
A. Anthony Antosh, Sherlock Center/ RI College
Kerri Zanci, Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities, BHDDH
Download the announcement for full details


February 22, 2017

Call for Participations
Survey on Mobile Health Technology and Apps

The NIDILRR-funded Information and Communication Technology Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health, and Function (LiveWell RERC) is conducting a Survey on Mobile Health (mHealth) Technology and Apps. The survey is open to individuals with disabilities age 18 or older who use, or would like to use, mobile communications technology to monitor and manage their health. The survey covers mobile apps for recording and managing health information, monitoring and tracking devices for recording activity, and websites and other Internet-based sources of health information. The information collected will be used to help researchers, designers, and engineers create new mHealth solutions to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

January 27, 2017

Certificate of Undergraduate Study in College and Career Attainment

Information and application guidance and materials at: https://www.ric.edu/cuscca
Download CUCCCA Brochure 486 kb (PDF)

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

January 4, 2017

Kerri Zanchi, Former Massachusetts Rehabilitation Official, Named DD Director for Rhode Island

By Gina Macris, Developmental Disability News

Kerri Zanchi, a former high-level developmental disability service official in Massachusetts, has been named Rhode Island's Director of Developmental Disabilities in the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). Zanchi, who has past ties to Rhode Island, begins her job here Jan. 23, according to Rebecca Boss, acting director of BHDDH. Read More.
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