Self Advocates Advisory Committee

Mission Statement

Be a Voice for all Californians with disabilities by promoting State Council participation and peer advocacy that advances independence and inclusion.

What We Do

  • Speak up for people with disabilities
  • Learn about issues important to people with disabilities
  • Advise State Council and staff on issues the affect us
  • Share information about our rights
  • Assist people with disabilities to be on Boards and committees
  • Participate in and lead regional and statewide advocacy groups/networks

SAAC minutes are available online once approved (typically at the following Council meeting). Date, time and location of all SAAC meetings are subject to change. Check the SCDD website for all future updates. For further information, please contact the Council office.


Date Documents
September 16, 2019 Agenda
July 15, 2019 Agenda
May 20, 2019 Packet
March 11, 2019 Packet
January 14, 2019 Packet
November 28, 2018 Packet
September 17, 2018 Packet
July 30, 2018 Packet
May 30, 2018 Agenda
March 19, 2018 Agenda
January 17, 2018 Agenda


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  • Jeana Eriksen, Chairperson 
  • Nicole Adler
  • Sandra Aldana
  • Julio Garnica
  • Matthew Lagrand
  • Maria Marquez
  • Kara Ponton
  • Rosanna Ryan
  • Wesley Witherspoon

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered website. New window will open
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States. Our non-profit advocacy organization is run by a board of self-advocates representing 9 regions of the country.

People First Webiste. New window will open
After generations of being invisible we have joined together, with our OWN voice to inspire and educate each other “peer to peer” throughout the state, to start People First chapters.

Youth 4 Advocacy
Provides training so that youths can become strong self-advocates & leaders. Develops a model of successful strategies. Builds a strong network to expand/sustain transition opportunities for youths.