State Self-Determination Advisory Committee (SSDAC)

Per statute, “The State Council on Developmental Disabilities shall form a volunteer committee, to be known as the Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee, comprised of the chairs of the 21 local advisory committees or their designees.

The council shall convene the Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee twice annually, or more frequently in the sole discretion of the council. The Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee shall meet by teleconference or other means established by the council, to identify self-determination best practices, effective consumer and family training materials, implementation concerns, systemic issues, ways to enhance the program, and recommendations regarding the most effective method for participants to learn of individuals who are available to provide services and supports.

The council shall synthesize information received from the Statewide Self-Determination Advisory Committee, local advisory committees, and other sources, shall share the information with consumers, families, regional centers, and the department, and shall make recommendations, as appropriate, to increase the program’s effectiveness in furthering the principles of self-determination.”


Date Documents
August 28, 2017
10 am – 3:30 pm
DDS Handout #1
DDS Handout #2
October 27, 2016
12 pm – 4 pm
Agenda and Packet
June 21, 2016
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
March 3, 2016
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
SSDAC Intro Slides
Open Meeting Basics


  • April Lopez, Chairperson
  • Ronald Allan (CVRC)
  • Rhys Burchill (RCOC)
  • Joyce Clark (SDRC)
  • Lisa Cooley (ACRC)
  • Ronda Dever (FNRC)
  • Richard Dier (NLACRC)
  • Cheryl Hewitt (SARC)
  • Vi Ibarra (RCEB)
  • Sherry Johnson (SCLARC)
  • Sonia Jones (NBRC)
  • Miriam Kang (HRC)
  • Claire Lazaro (VMRC)
  • Cindy Lemas (RCRC)
  • Louise MacKenzie (TCRC)
  • Judy Mark (WRC)
  • Peter Mendoza (GGRC)
  • Virgilio Orlina (ELARC)
  • Maia Pawooskar (IRC)
  • Bruce Wasson (SGPRC)
  • Michelle Wolf (FDLRC)
  • Rick Wood (KRC)