Mission, Vision & Values

Staff members gather on the stairs alongside the Sherlock Center on the RIC campus,

Our Mission 

The mission of the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is to promote membership for all in school, work and the community.  

Our Values 

Respect for every person’s dignity, experience and rights. 

Quality Life 
Choice, inclusion, opportunity and individualized supports resulting in a quality life for people with disabilities and their families. 

Person-Centered Approach 
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. 

Cultural Competence  
Culturally competent attitudes, practices and policies that are sensitive and responsive to every person’s unique qualities, values and language. 

Collaboration with stakeholders to provide effective practices and services delivered by well-trained professionals and informed by real-life experiences. 

Our Guiding Principles 

  • Our activities are influenced by and directed toward 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 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.