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
November 13, 2019


Handout 1- Counting for Dollars 2020 California

Handout 2- Why We Ask

Handout 3- Census 101:What You Need To Know

Handout 4- Why the Census Matter 

Handout 5- 2020 Census


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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.