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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.


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Thank you to over 165 registrants participating!

We appreciated such wonderful speakers,
sponsors, and exhibitors.

Look for Evaluation Form
in email you registered with.

If you don’t receive it,

Join us for our First-Ever
Supported Life 1-Day Virtual Workshop


Quality Services in a Time of Emergency

Thursday, October 22, 2020
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Keynote - Nancy Bargmann
Director, California Department of Developmental Disabilities

Peter Leidy
Uplifting Song Selections for a difficult time

Keynote -Tony Anderson
Executive Director, Valley Mountain Regional Center
“Why We Are Still Thriving During a Global Pandemic”

Laura Larson, SCDD North Coast and Sarah May, SCDD North State
“Staying Alive! Meaningful Connections During the Time of COVID-19”

Jacquie Dillard-Foss
STEP - Strategies to Empower People
“Supporting People: Amidst Shifting Routines & Increased Isolation”

California APSE Board of Directors
“Reinventing, Reimagining, Redesigning Services in a COVID World”


Registration Fees

Early Bird $85 by 9/30/20
Regular $110 by 10/12/20
Late $130 after 10/12/20


Thank you to our generous Sponsors, even in the tough times:

Trust Management Services

Easter Seals of Southern California          California Department of Developmental Disabilities
Disability Rights California      Sacramento Municipal Utility District

George F. Kelso Foundation

Stephen Faletti

SEIU CA DD Council

Trips Inc

Steve Hereford and Sharon Perry

Shanna Baggaley

Clair & Tiffany Urness

Tom & Sonia Faletti


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Speaker Emails & More Resources


SL Workshop - Postcard to Download and Share

Postcard TEXT-ONLY version


  Online Registration 


33rd Annual Supported Life Conference


“Opening Doors to Diversity:
Cultivate... Participate... Celebrate”

October 10-11, 2019

Thanks for increasing numbers of you
- nearly 400 this year -
participating !
We appreciated the 4 great Keynotes
and so many wonderful session speakers.

Follow-up from Conference Session!

Crowne Plaza Hotel

5321 Date Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841

36 Sessions
Covering 9 Topic Areas

  • Communication/AAC
  • Diversity
  • Family Supports/Transition
  • Employment
  • Health & Wellness
  • Living/Community
  • Organizational/Staff Development
  • Personal Power & Rights
  • Schools



Nancy Bargmann
Director, California Department of Developmental Services

Leroy F. Moore, Jr.
Poet, activist, author who writes, lectures and performs about race and disabiity issues

Kristin Wright
California State Director of Special Education

Laurie Rodriguez
Director of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Inclusive audience:  mixture of about 2/3 professionals and 1/3 self-advocates and family members


Registration Brochure (PDF)

Registration Brochure (Text)


Session Descriptions (Text)

New! Exhibitors (Text)



24th Annual Statewide Self-Advocacy Conference

“Build Your Own Toolbox for Self-Advocacy”


Statewide Sponsors

Disability Rights California
Easter Seals Southern California
George F. Kelso Library
SCDD Sacramento Office
SEIU CA Dev. Disabilities Council

~Western States Invited!~

Friday and Saturday, May 3rd & 4th, 2019

Crowne Plaza Hotel
5321 Date Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841


Program / Sessions   •  Registration

Registration Materials (text only)


Thanks to the over 335 people participating in the 2018 Supported Life Conference.
Please mark your Calendar for our 33rd Annual: Oct. 10 - 11, 2019 at Crowne Plaza Hotel Sacramento

32nd Annual Supported Life Conference
“Bridges to Meaningful Inclusion”

October 4-5, 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel
5321 Date Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95841

36 Sessions
Covering 9 Topic Areas

  • Communication/AAC
  • Employment
  • Family Supports/Transition
  • Living/Community
  • Organizational/Staff Development
  • Personal Power & Rights
  • Policy & Legislation
  • Relationships
  • Silence = Violence



Jason Freeman
"Bravery Coach" & author of "Awkwardly Awesome: Embracing My Imperfect Best"

Jack Gallagher
Emmy Award-winning Performer and Parent of an adult son with Autism

Carole Watilo
Executive Director, Progressive Employment Concepts

Chad Carlock
Law Offices of Chad Carlock

Sessions (MS Word)
Sessions (PDF)

Registration Brochure (PDF)

Registration Brochure (Text)

Exhibitors - Descriptions (MS Word)



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

People who use Alta California 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

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

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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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