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RIC opens new location of Sherlock Center on Disabilities



The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities opened the doors to its new site on the college’s east campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 20.

Founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, the center partners with state and local government agencies, schools and community providers to promote community membership of individuals with disabilities in school, work and society. Its projects and initiatives provide training, technical assistance, service, research and information sharing.

The center’s new home, a 11,350 square-foot structure, was renovated through the use of $3.3 million in funding from the State of Rhode Island 2006 Higher Education bonds.

The building includes a resource library, training facilities and professional offices. The library contains resource materials for individuals with disabilities, family members and service providers, and features adapted literature, software, and assistive technology.

The Sherlock Center’s namesake, Paul V. Sherlock, was a leading advocate for those with developmental disabilities, learning disorders and mental illness. A professor of education at RIC, he also served as a state legislator for 25 years until his death in 2004.

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