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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

About Us

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service.
Since 1963, University Centers on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) have worked towards a shared vision that individuals with disabilities participate fully in their communities. Independence, productivity, and community inclusion are key components of this vision. There are 67 UCEDDs with at least one in every U.S. state.

Quick Facts

  • A federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Established as a UCEDD through competitive grant process in 1993
  • 120,606 persons have participated in Sherlock Center activities during the past five years - an average of 24,121 per year
  • 68% of participants were professionals and paraprofessionals, 14% were family members, 13% were children or adults who have disabilities
  • During 2008-2009, Sherlock Center staff taught or lectured in 23 courses in five colleges or universities
  • During 2009-2010, the Sherlock Center is providing tuition and stipends for a cohort of 9 interdisciplinary graduate fellows, 20 other graduate students, and 6 undergraduates
  • Follow-up surveys of Sherlock Center trainees documents that 95% continue to work in the field and 60% are involved in leadership activities
  • During 2008-2009, Sherlock Center staff conducted 192 trainings for 9,757 participants
  • During 2008-2009, the Sherlock Center disseminated 105 different products to 9,012 individuals
  • Sherlock Center 2009-2010 budget is 5.8 million dollars - 44% comes from federal grants, 38% from state agency contracts, 9% from Rhode Island school districts and service providers, 9% from other source

Areas of Emphasis

  • Early Intervention & Education
  • Transition, Employment, and Adult Life
  • Leadership Development
  • Higher Education

Overall Goals

  • Children participate more in the general curriculum
  • Children demonstrate greater proficiency on academic, social and behavioral measures
  • More adolescents graduate from high school
  • Transition plans are practical and include real strategies for independent living, employment and community membership
  • More adults are employed
  • More children and adults have access to leisure and other community opportunities
  • There are an adequate number of direct support professionals
  • More students from diverse backgrounds enter careers connected to the lives of people with disabilities
  • More students and leaders are trained and continue to work in disability related fields
  • More service providers use evidence-based services and supports

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