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A SUPPORTED LIFE is a life that is rich in qualities a person most desires, and one which shows how connected we all are to each other.

A life which:
  • grows from a person's own choices, desires and dreams;
  • is not controlled by what kind of services are currently available;
  • goes beyond just meeting a person's basic needs, to reaching a rich quality of life;
  • includes all areas of a person's life;
  • is always changing throughout a person's life;
  • is the kind of life we all want and is not unique to people who happen to have disabilities.



22nd Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference

  ~ Western States Invited Back! ~
For the 2nd year, we invite self-advocacy groups from nearby western states, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, others.

May 5-6, 2017
    Sacramento Crowne Plaza Hotel

Save-The-Date Flier Speaker Application


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Empowering People with Disabilities to Recognize and Report Abuse

November 1st, 2016 • 1:00PM

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A Place to Train Your Staff - in an Inclusive Environment

Supported Life 2016
"Inclusion is the New Standard"
October 6 - 7, 2016

Presented by Supported Life Institute and SCDD Sacramento Office

Thank You!
to our 320 attendees and speakers
for great info, valuable networking, and a fun,
meaningful learning environment

Support our Exhibitors who help make this conference possible!Exhibitors      Sessions      Conference Brochure        Online Registration

This Conference is a place where professionals plus families & self-advocates come together to learn about supports that will help people with developmental disabilities be fully included in the community

Continuing Education Credits

Attention Speech Pathologists!

Earn up to 7 Hours of CEUs
“Introductory Level, Professional Area”

SLP CEU Details

Planning Team Self-Advocate Leaders from All Over California
Invite you to
join us at the

2016 Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference
"Get Connected"

May 6 - 7, 2016
Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento Northeast


Registration Brochure is now available here


Conference Planning Team
The Self-Advocate Planning Team Committee Prepares for Conference


Professionals in the Developmental Disability Field (2/3 of attendees),
as well as People with Disabilities and Family members (1/3 of attendees)
all come to train, learn, and share at the 29th Annual

Supported Life 2015

"Ready or Not -- Change is Coming!"

Empowering All People with Developmental Disabilities to be Fully Included in the Community

October 8th & 9th, 2015

Crowne Plaza Hotel
5321 Date Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841

35 Sessions
Covering 10 Topic Areas

  • Communication/ACC
  • Employment
  • Family Supports/Transition
  • Health & Wellness
  • Living/Community
  • Politics & Legislation
  • Personal Power & Rights
  • Politics & Legislation
  • Relationships
  • Schools


Mindy Oppenheim
Director, Vocational Rehab Program, UC San Francisco

Dmitri Belser
Executive Director,
Center for Accessible Technology

Ari Ne’eman
Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Diana Pastora Carson
Educator, Family Member, Author

Supported Life 2015 Conference Brochure

** Session Information -- Updated **


Online Registration


Our conference partners...
Yocha Dehe Sierra Health Foundation California Supported Living Network Disability Rights California My Support



Are you interested in being a Facilitator
who assists a member of Alta Regional Center’s
Board of Directors?

People who use Alta Regional Center services are joining advisory committees and boards of directors to share their views. Alta’s Board of Directors assures its members who have disabilities have the assistance they need by providing a support person or “facilitator.”

Members select facilitators who assist them with carrying out their duties on the Board and Committees.

The Supported Life Institute is available to help with the selection, payment and training of facilitators.

To learn more about being a facilitator, contact Supported Life Institute (916) 567-1301


Communication Technology Education Center

Find out more about the Self-Advocacy Coordination Project

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Supported Life Institute
1010 Hurley Way, # 180
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 567-1974

Help Bring Voice to people with disabilities by supporting our Communication Training, Self-Advocacy and Conference Training work.

The Supported Life Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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tax-deductible donation.

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