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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

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.

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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


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