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
May 24, 2017 Agenda
March 20, 2017 Agenda
January 23, 2017 Agenda
November 28, 2016 Agenda
September 21, 2016 Agenda
July 21, 2016 Packet
May 25, 2016 Agenda
March 7, 2016 Agenda
UPDATED: Presence at Capitol Detail Sheet
January 19, 2016 Agenda
November 30, 2015 Agenda
September 14, 2015 Agenda
July 14, 2015 Agenda
May 19, 2015 Agenda
March 24, 2015 Agenda
January 21, 2015 Packet
November 18, 2014 Packet
September 15, 2014 Agenda
July 15, 2014 Agenda
May 28, 2014 Agenda
March 19, 2014 Agenda
January 14, 2014 Packet
November 13, 2013 Agenda
September 16, 2013 Agenda
July 16, 2013 Packet
May 13, 2013 Packet
March 19, 2013 Packet
January, 15 2013 Agenda
November 6, 2012 Cancelled
October 26, 2012 Agenda
Agenda (PDF)
July 17, 2012 Packet (PDF)
Plain Language Material (Not available at this time)
May 16, 2012 Agenda (PDF)
March 20, 2012 Agenda (PDF)

Agenda (Plain Text)

January 24, 2012 Agenda (PDF)
November 16, 2011 Agenda (PDF)
September 20, 2011 Agenda (PDF)
July 26, 2011 Agenda (PDF)
May 24, 2011 Agenda (PDF)


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  • David Forderer, Chairperson
  • Sandra Aldana
  • Rebecca Donabed
  • Charles Nutt
  • Robert Taylor
  • Kecia Weller
  • Kerstin Williams
  • Jenny Ning Yang

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.