The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). As a UCEDD, we are required to have a consumer advisory committee. Sherlock Sentinels are members of our consumer advisory committee.
Sherlock Sentinels are adults with disabilities and family members of children with disabilities who want to share their experiences with the Sherlock Center and one another. Sentinels reflect the diverse communities in Rhode Island. This is not an advocacy group, but rather an opportunity to help the Sherlock Center understand the needs of individuals and families.
New members are welcome to join. As a Sentinel, you will be asked to complete a survey once a year to tell us about the successes and challenges in your life. The information you share will help the Sherlock Center to decide what to target for change. The Sherlock Center will also hold two to three presentations each year on topics of interest to Sentinels.
The Core Committee is a group of up to 20 Sentinels who meet bi-monthly at the Sherlock Center. The Core Committee helps to plan activities for Sherlock Sentinels and work on projects adopted by the Committee. Core Committee members also participate in an annual review of the Sherlock Center's five-year plan and are asked to provide feedback on specific Sherlock Center activities throughout the year.
Sentinels interested in becoming a Core Committee member must apply and participate in an interview. New members will be selected based on their interests, experiences, and ability to contribute to the work of the Core Committee.
How to Join
To join the Sherlock Sentinels or to apply to become a Core Committee member, complete the sign up form provided below. You have the option of completing the online sign up form or printing the form and submitting by mail to the Sherlock Center. If you need a form mailed to your home, please call (401) 456-8072.