September 29

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College

The Sherlock Center, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). UCEDDs are evidence driven and designed to advance policies, practices and research that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with disabilities, their families, and their communities. The Sherlock Center is also a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program.

Paul V. Sherlock Center Mission

The mission of the Sherlock Center is to promote membership for all in school, work and the community. The Sherlock Center partners with state and national agencies, schools, institutes of higher education and community providers to offer:

  • Interdisciplinary pre-service and community education
  • Technical assistance
  • Services
  • Research
  • Information


  • Respect for every person’s dignity, experience and rights.
  • Choice, inclusion, opportunity and individualized supports resulting in a quality life for people with disabilities and their families.
  • Informed decision-making and person-centered planning to support people with disabilities to make things happen in their lives.
  • Equitable and equal access to information, resources and supports to address disparities.
  • Culturally competent attitudes, practices and policies that are sensitive and responsive to every person’s unique qualities, values and language.

Guiding Principles

  • Our activities are influenced by and directed towards people with disabilities, family members and those providing supports.
  • Our activities are designed and delivered in a manner sensitive to the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse populations.
  • We partner and collaborate with government and collaborate with government and community organizations to maximize resources and expand our reach.
  • We focus on building the capacity of professionals, across disciplines, to support children, youth and adults with disabilities.
  • Our activities have positive and measurable impact on the lives of people with disabilities, families and/or our communities.
  • Our outreach and information sharing are strategic and inclusive of diverse populations and communities.

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908-1991

Phone/Voice: (401) 456-8072


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