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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.

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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