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9th Annual Self Advocacy Conference

The words Get Real World Ready written in bold white text against a blue background fading to green in the center.Join us for the 9th Annual Self Advocacy Conference taking place on Thursday, October 18. The conference is presented by Resources for Independence Central Valley, Central Valley Regional Center, the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Exceptional Parents Unlimited.  Our theme this year is Getting Real World Ready. The conference is geared toward youth and young adults with disabilities, family members, educators and advocates in the Central Valley. The day will include timely presentations and workshops, give-aways, lunch, and so much more. 

Join youth from across the Central Valley and get real world ready!  Increase your self advocacy skills, knowledge, and independence by attending your choice of eight workshops, including:

  • Speak Up!  It’s Your Life!
  • Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying
  • Succeeding Successfully in the Workplace
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Dress for Success
  • And more!!!!

Lunch will be provided and is sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. There will be raffles during the day and attendees will also receive a free bag of goodies upon arrival.

Graphic highlighting details for the self advocacy conference. Thursday, October 18, 2018. Registration at 8am, conference from 9am to 2pm. Location Sikh Institute, 4827 N. Parkway Drive, Fresno, 93722..Keep your real world education going after lunch with a presentation from our key-note speaker, Sandra Guerrero! Sandra is the Prevention Education Coordinator & Bilingual Child Forensic Interviewer at the Fresno Council on Child Abuse Prevention (FCCAP). Sandra has served as the Prevention/Intervention Coordinator for child sexual abuse and as the Bilingual Child Forensic Interviewer for the Fresno Council on Child Abuse Prevention since 2013. Sandra has a BA in Social Work and has completed all trainings for Child Forensic Interviewing through the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) which is recognized as the highest standard in child abuse investigations through their accreditation.  Sandra is both bilingual in Spanish and bicultural through her extensive experience working with the Latino child population and has had experience working with children with Autism and is a State-Certified Paraprofessional crisis counselor for survivors of Sexual Assault. Sandra’s experience growing up in the rural west area of Fresno County gives her an advantage in detection and intervention with the large Hispanic population in our rural areas. Sandra’s experience in cultural competency specific to the Latino cultural is critical in both the disclosure and recovery from sexual abuse for this population. All of this experience is exemplified through her successful completion and participation in trainings