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July 27, 2015

Disability Advocates Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the ADA

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus in the House of Representatives, commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act alongside advocates who continue to fight for increased access and inclusion for people with disabilities. The event was hosted by the Sherlock Center on Sunday, July 26th. In addition to long-time advocates Congressman Langevin and Anthony Antosh, the speakers panel included Gary Balletto, a former boxing champion emerging as a strong disability advocate in the two years since an accident that left him paralyzed, Katie Lowe of the Down Syndrome Society of Rhode Island and a representative of the Developmental Disabilities Council, and Alyssa Silva, founder of Working on Walking, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for spinal muscular atrophy.


Read the complete press release. 95.5 kb (PDF)

Twenty-Five Years of Progress, by Congressman Jim Langevin 101 kb (PDF)

Americans with Disabilities Act Hailed at Providence Gathering, Karen Lee Ziner, Providence Journal

July 21, 2015

2015 Sherlock Center Mini-Grants Awarded

The Sherlock Center has awarded a total of $10,000 in Access for All Abilities (AAA) mini-grants to four Rhode Island organizations.

The Sherlock Center’s mini-grant initiative funds projects that increase access for people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities in the community, with the goal of increasing long-term accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities alongside those without disabilities. Since the initiative’s 2009 inception, more than $67,000 has been granted to 30 businesses and organizations.

Recipients of the 2015 grants are: Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Warwick, and Youth Pride, Inc. of Providence.

July 17, 2015

Creative Advocate in Disability Award


To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act "ADA" and 40th of VSA arts of Rhode Island, they will honor Rhode Island youth with disabilities who demonstrate exemplary leadership by making a difference in their communities, advancing the rights of individuals with disabilities.

This Award is to celebrate and encourage young Rhode Islanders of high school or college age (approximately between the ages of 15 and 25) that have a disability and are dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities, creatively helping expand the full inclusion of all people in our communities. Deadline for nominations is JULY 25th, 2015. Nominations may be submitted via email at programs@vsartsri.org or hardcopy at VSA arts Rhode Island, 500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860. Attention: C-ADA

Download 205 kb (PDF) complete details and nomination form


Accessible Rhode Island – The guide to accessibility in the Ocean State

The Accessible Rhode Island website resource, www.access-ri.org, currently lists over 1,000 venues throughout RI, highlighting the accessibility features that make it easy for people with disabilities, and all, to search out and enjoy the wealth of activities in the Ocean State.


June 19, 2015

National Center for Education Statistics Releases The Condition of Education 2015

The Condition of Education 2015 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The report presents 42 indicators on the status and condition of education.
The indicators represent a consensus of professional judgment on the most significant national measures of the condition and progress of education for which accurate data are available. In addition, 3 spotlight indicators are featured that describe selected issues of current policy interest.

Key “Soft Skills” that Foster Youth Workforce Success: Toward a Consensus across Fields

Soft skills are skills, competencies, behaviors, attitudes, and personal qualities that enable youth to navigate their environment, work with others, perform well, and achieve their goals.
We’ve identified five key soft skills that — according to researchers, employers, youth, and program implementers — most enable youth (15-29) worldwide to be successful in the workplace.

June 15, 2015

Public Forums Planned for July 27 – 31, 2015

During the week of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (signed on July 26th), the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities and many other state and non-profit agencies conduct a weeklong series of open forums to hear the concerns of people with disabilities and their families.

The forums are open for anyone to come in and speak; representatives of the sponsoring agencies will be there to listen. State policy makers and planners want to hear your concerns about current services, unmet needs, and suggestions for improving services and expanding opportunities.

June 8, 2015

Iraida Williams, a Family Support Specialist at the Sherlock Center, was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cochlear America for her work advocating for persons who use cochlear implants. Mrs. Williams is a parent advocate for the Cochlear Implant Program at Rhode Island Hospital.
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