Claire Rosenbaum, MA

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Rhode Island College
600 Mount Pleasant Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-456-4732
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: June 04, 2018

Claire Rosenbaum

Primary Activity Coordinators: Adult Services
Discipline Coordinators: Parent/Family Resources
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Coordinator, Adult Services
Discipline(s): Family Member/Community Member
Family Studies
AUCD Council Membership: Council on Community Advocacy


Claire Rosenbaum
[email protected]

Claire brings her life experience as the parent of a young lady with complex developmental disabilities to her work as Adult Services Coordinator at the Sherlock Center on Disabilities. She supports individuals with significant disabilities and their families to envision an active, fulfilling life in their communities, including employment, and plan the steps to achieve those dreams.
Temple University Master of Music 1979
Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, 1976


Adult Services coordinator - 2008 - present
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Supports individuals with significant developmental disabilities and their families in learning principles of self-determination, person-centered planning, and community membership as they plan for the supports necessary to live good lives in the community.
Family Support Coordinator - 2001 - 2008
Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities
Supported families of youth with significant developmental disabilities in planning transition from high school to a meaningful adult life of full participation in their communities. Provided training and technical assistance to families of individuals with disabilities, professionals and systems in Rhode Island to promote the family's role in personal decision-making about services, supports and planning.
Rhode Island IEP Network Consultant- 1999 - 2004
Rhode Island Department of Education
Promoted quality IEP development through presentation of professional development trainings for school staff and families. Assisted with the development of the Northern RI Regional IEP Network. Helped staff statewide IEP Hotline for families and school staff.
Transition Resource Specialist - 1997- 2001
Rhode Island Parent Information Network
Served as a resource for families in the Northern Rhode Island Region on issues relating to transition from school to adult life for students with disabilities.
Outreach Coordinator for Parent Training and Information Center (PTIC) - 2000 - 2001
Rhode Island Parent Information Network
Assisted the PTIC in providing information to parents of children and youth with disabilities in historically underserved communities and populations.
Family Service Coordinator - 1995-1997
Kent County CASSP
Coordinated and scheduled interagency case review meetings to develop individualized community-based service plans for children with serious emotional/behavioral problems and their families.
Family Resource Coordinator - 1993 - 1995
Family Support Associates
Harrisburg, PA
Coordinated program of sitter/companion service and respite care for individuals with developmental disabilities or mental illness living with their families.
Care Project Parent - 1989 - 1993
UCP of the Capital Area
Camp Hill, PA
Developed and carried out a multi-faceted program of family support for families of young children with disabilities.


Presented Poster - Changing Attitudes and Outcomes: Family Employment Awareness Training - at the AAIDD National Conference, Hartford, CT, 2017.

Primary author - What You Need to Know about Self-Directed Supports Funded through Rhode Island's Division of Developmental Disabilities. Rhode Island College, Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, Providence, RI, 2012.

Co-presented with Kimberly Ho, Ph.D. - Minspeak for an Adult with Severe Intellectual Disabilities and Low Vision: A Case Study - at the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012.

Presented poster - Supported Parenting in RI: Outcomes for Families with Support from a Life Choices Mentor - at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities National Conference, Washington, DC, 2011.

Presented poster - Supporting a Good Life in Community: Community Supports Navigator Training - at the AAIDD national conference, Providence, RI, 2010.

Primary author, along with RI Coalition for Family Support and Involvement - Family-Centered Practice: How Are We Doing? - an assessment tool for families, providers and policy-makers, 2002.

Co-author - Here's to Your Student's Future: A Parent's Guide to Transition Planning, Rhode Island Parent Information Network, 1999.

Co-presented with Jane Ewing, Ph.D. at Council for Exceptional Children, 2004 - How IEP Teams Make Assessment Decisions: RI's Research Findings.

Presented at RI Assistive Technology Conference, 2002 - I Can Talk! A Young Person's Journey to Effective Communication with an Electronic Device.


Member, Coalition for Supported Decision-Making, 2017 - present

Member, RI Employment First Task Force, 2014 - present

Member, RI Developmental Disabilities Council, 2014 - present

Treasurer, PLAN RI (Personal Lifetime Advocacy Networks), 2004 - 2011