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Causes: Human Services

Mission: The mission of supported life institute is to offer educational and training opportunities to assist individuals and organizations in the work of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Our vision is that our communities will value, include and support everyone, including people with disabilities, and will assist in meeting the changing needs and desires of each person. Our values include the following:we all need support in life, and that support comes from many sources. The community has an obligation to support all of its members. The beauty and strength of a community grows out of its diversity.

Programs: Advocacy - coordinated self-advocacy activities within a ten-county regional area. The project is in its fifteenth year of operation and continues to be guided by a planning committee with expertise in the self-advocacy discipline. Highlights included providing paid staff to fourteen local people first chapters and self-advocacy groups, hosting three regional self-advocacy meetings with an average of more than 100 people in attendance, as well as providing a one-day leadership training seminar to over 40 self-advocates from these 10 counties. Also provide facilitation and support services to people with disabilities who are on the board of directors of a nonprofit agency in the field, alta california regional center.

conferences and workshops - provided three conferences for people with disabilities and professionals on the topics of developmental disabilities and inclusive communities. The local conferences attracted more than 900 participants of which half were people with disabilities, the rest professionals in the disability field or family members.

communication technology education - operated an assistive technology center providing assessment services to 75 individuals for augmentative and alternative communication needs (aac). Trained over 500 professionals, family members, and persons with disabilities about augmentative communication technology and support. Held monthly aac user groups averaging 40 participants.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Very simply said, some years ago I was a single mother raising a child who had severe disabilities. My family were supportive and kind, but I also knew that I needed wide-ranging support and some experts to educate me. I heard of the Supported Life Institute and decided to attend some seminars, some conferences. How incredibly empowering it was! Along with the information which was credible and inspiring, the individuals I met were heroes to me, to help guide my way. The institute continues to provide outstanding conferences with exceptional teachers, and I am confident many more individuals and families are helped, supported, and live successful lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Supported Life Institute has provided people with disabilities training and education in self-advocacy, assistive technololgy including AAC devices. I'm a person with a disability and I know hows important Suppoirted Life Institute is to our community.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Supported Life Institute has been an excellent resource for me both as a special education teacher and as a parent of a son with disabilities. The two conferences each year provide researched - based information to professionals, families, and people with disabilities. The Inclusion Celebration before the October conference gives all a chance to network and celebrate honorees who have gone above and beyond to include people into their communities. My son is being served by CTEC, which has helped him to discover his voice which enables him to advocate for himself by using a communication devise. Supported Life Institute has made a tremendous difference for my family and the professionals that I work with.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Supported Life Institute for 21 years has hosted the Inclusion Celebration that honors people who make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities. It acknowledges ordinary people creating communities of belonging that change lives one person at a time and celebrates living lives with possibilities. The stories at the celebration are always inspiring and resonate the process of inclusion.
My daughter has used the services of the CTEC team for many years and they have made a profound difference in her ability to use her communication tools which then allows her to live a meaningful life.
Their expertise and wisdom have given Meghan the opportunity to have a voice in her world that reflects her willingness of heart to be engaged and purposeful in her messages.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic, impactful agency!
Supported Life is a long established Disability Support/Advocacy/Resource organization for Northern California. They hold 2 major conferences a year that equip individuals and families with disabilities as well as special needs service professionals. All year long they provide advocacy support for regional center clients .
They also house the area's leading Assistive Technology Communication Centers called CTEC (Communication Technology Education Center. ) CTEC Helps individuals by evaluating and training for equipment funded by insurance and telephone access funds. They serve individuals with all types of disabilities.

Review from Guidestar