Services & Projects

Some of the Sherlock Center’s adapted literature titles are shown, including “The Little Train That Could” and “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.”

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, service, research and information to promote membership of individuals with disabilities in school, work and the community. Here are some of our projects and services:

For early childhood and school-age children

An early intervention specialists works with a blonde toddler girl playing with a small green ball on a toy with ramps.

Early Intervention Training and Technical Assistance

Early Intervention is a program designed to help families support the growth and development of their infants and toddlers who are delayed in their development or have a diagnosed condition known to cause developmental delay. The Early Intervention Training and Technical Assistance Project provides training to EI staff and help Rhode Island’s EI staff and agencies build system capacity to improve outcomes for children and families.

A teacher works with a visually impaired young boy wearing glasses in a classroom as another child looks on.

Vision Education and Services

The Rhode Island Vision Education and Services Program (RIVESP) provides direct instruction and consultative services to students between the ages of 3 and 22 who are blind, visually impaired and/or multi-impaired, including those with cortical visual impairment (CVI) and deafblindness, within the school environment.

Two educational advocates, Fedcanor Sainristil and Lea Colardo, meet in a conference room at the Sherlock Center.

Educational Advocates

An Educational Advocate/Surrogate is appointed by the Rhode Island Department of Education to make educational decisions for students aged 3 to 22 who have (or are suspected of having) disabilities who are in the care of the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) and whose parents are unable to act on their behalf.

A teacher helps a child read braille; only their hands and the braille book are pictured.

Children and Youth with Dual Sensory Impairments

Rhode Island Services to Children and Youth with Dual Sensory Impairments, also known as the DSI Project, is a federally funded grant coordinated by the Sherlock Center. The DSI Project is designed to provide technical assistance to educational teams and families who serve learners with deaf-blindness (birth to 22 years old) in Rhode Island.

For youths and adults

A young man works at a register in a store.

Work Incentives Benefits Counseling

The Sherlock Center coordinates the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program in Rhode Island and Connecticut. WIPA is a free service that helps Social Security beneficiaries who receive benefits based on a disability to make informed choices about working with benefits. Benefits counseling services are based on the beneficiary’s benefits, earnings and/or goals.

An African-American young man and his father are pictured.

Self-Directed Supports Network

The Self-Directed Supports (SDS) Network is a resource for individuals using self-directed supports, family members, caregivers and professionals. The Network, coordinated by the Sherlock Center, hosts monthly meetings with guest speakers and supports a LISTSERV© that gives members an opportunity to engage and exchange information with others by email. This website will provide the information you need to connect with others, stay informed and manage your self-directed supports.