I’m the new consumer advocate at the Redwood Coast Regional Center and I have been for a few weeks. I cover Mendocino and Lake Counties in California, and it’s a lot of fun and I hope to help a lot of clients.

New Consumer Advocate

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I am a disability activist who has been in the community for more than ten years. In the past I have assisted people with operating new power wheelchairs, participated in numerous advocacy groups, volunteered for local and statewide committees, and have given testimony many times before the state legislature. While I have advocated in the past for everything from jobs to individual choice; advocacy is not about the past, but about the future.

 

In 2013 Senate Bill 468 was signed into law, which created a pathway for individuals and families toward choice in the not-too-distant future. As an original enrollee of the self-determination program, I have seen the highs and lows. I think I am a strong advocate during the Individualized Program Plan process; the program has improved my life, and I would like to see improvement for others. As the transition process moves forward, I am a valuable addition because I can provide assistance to individuals and families new to the self-determination process.

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