Advocacy

Peer Advocates

Shelly Anderson

Currently teaches her peers about Diabetes Education in a program called Healthy Living. Shelly is an editor for Watch Out, a publication written by and for clients.

Cory Smith

Is a presenter for Clean Hands and Teeth which teaches participants the importance of hand washing and brushing their teeth in a fun interactive way. Cory is an editor for Watch Out and Realm of Possibilities an annual newsletter for FNRC.

Meghean Skinner

Currently works on The Vote Project where she teaches people the importance of voting. She is also an editor on Watch Out.

Kim Leeseman

Is a presenter for What’s Next which helps youth become self-advocates and gives them tools for life after high school. She also works for Pathfinders which helps clients set and reach their goals through assisting them to create a Life Plan. Kim is an editor for Watch Out.

Peer Teachers

Abuse Prevention

The Abuse Prevention Team believes everyone has the right to be free from abuse. Their program teaches people with developmental disabilities about the right to privacy and how to advocate for themselves. They use a peer-to-peer teaching style in a 60 minute presentation that covers:

  • What abuse looks like
  • Boundaries that will keep you safe
  • What you can do to stop abuse


​​For more information call Cindi at the Self-Advocacy Project at 530-223-7771 or cfreshour@wecarealot.org.


Feeling Safe, Being Safe

Feeling Safe, Being Safe teaches people how to prepare for an emergency and how to react safely during an emergency situation or evacuation. Presentations are free and use a peer-to-peer teaching style. The team teaches people how to use a Feeling Safe, Being Safe workbook and what to pack in a “Go Bag”. 

For more information contact Cindi at 530-223-7771 or cfreshour@wecarealot.org.

Me and You

The Me and You series is a 4-week course that teaches adults with developmental disabilities about healthy relationships. The course is open to both men and woman and discusses privacy, boundaries, self-esteem, and the different types of relationships people might have in their lives.

For more information contact Becca at 530-893- 8003 or bfinn@wecarealot.org.

Respect Yourself for Women

This is a 7-week course that teaches adult women with developmental disabilities about healthy relationships and sexuality. Topics covered include: self-esteem, privacy, boundaries, birth control, pregnancy, parenting, and abuse prevention. Before taking this series it is recommended you take the Me and You series.

For more information contact Becca at 530-893- 8003 or bfinn@wecarealot.org.

What’s Next

Kim Leeseman mentors Butte County graduating high school students as they leave school and begin receiving adult services. She discusses possible living options as well as work and school options.

For more information contact We Care A Lot Foundation at 530-893- 8003.

Consumer Abuse Awareness Team (CAAT)

Unfortunately, people with developmental disabilities are often abused by people they know and trust and the abuse is never reported. The Consumer Abuse Awareness Team (CAAT) teachs staff and professionals how to help protect the people they support by breaking away from the culture of abuse. The team is made up of people with a developmental disability and teaches:

  • How to recognize abuse
  • How to report abuse
  • How to support and empower people who have been abused
  • How to prevent abuse


​This is a free 60 minute presentation that offers one CEU. For more information contact Cindi at 530-223-7771 or cfreshour@wecarealot.org

Grief Mentoring

Grief Mentoring provides one-on-one assistance for those who have lost a loved one. Grief Mentoring can also provide Celebration of Life services and end of life planning which includes assistance completing an Advanced Health Care Directive.

For more information contact We Care A Lot Foundation at 530-223-7771.

Pathfinders

Pathfinders believes that everyone has goals and dreams that deserve to be supported. Pathfinders can help you reach your own goals and dreams through a Life Plan which communicates what you need and what you want to achieve in life to the people that support you. Life Plans help you set and reach your goals and dreams in a step-by- step process and is updated every year.

For more information contact Bryan Rogers at 530-893-8003 or brogers@wecarealot.org.

Say Speakers

Same As You, or SAY, is a team of presenters with developmental disabilities who teach about Bully Prevention. They show audiences that people who may seem different are actually the same as you. SAY presentations are a powerful way to teach youth about bully prevention and to learn how to connect with those that are different. These presentations are offered at no cost to schools within the FNRC catchment area.

For more information contact Cassie Ussat at 530-223-7771 or cussat@wecarealot.org.

Clean Hands and Clean Teeth

The Clean Hands presentation teaches the importance of properly washing your hands which can stop the spread of infectious diseases. 

The Clean Teeth presentation teaches proper dental care and the importance of regular dental visits.

These classes are taught together. For more information call Brian at 530-893-8003 or brogers@wecarealot.org.


Healthy Living

The Healthy Living team teaches people how to better manage and prevent diabetes. Presentations are one hour long and use a peer-to-peer teaching style. 

For more information contact Brandi at 530-223-7771 or bseaters@wecarealot.org.

Respect Yourself for Men

This is a 7-week course that teaches adult men with developmental disabilities about healthy relationships and sexuality. Topics covered include: self-esteem, privacy, boundaries, birth control, parenting, and abuse prevention. Before taking this series it is recommended you take the Me and You series.

For more information contact Becca at 530-893- 8003 or bfinn@wecarealot.org.

The VOTE! Project

This project teaches the importance of voting and ways to make is easier. It uses peer-to- peer training in a 30 minute presentation that teaches participants their right as an American citizen to vote, how to research what’s being voted on, and where to go for help.

For more information in Shasta County contact Brandi at 530-223- 7771 or bseaters@wecarealot.org and for Butte County contact Becca at 530-893- 8003 or bfinn@wecarealot.org.

People First

People First is the only international advocacy group that is run by and for people with developmental disabilities. Involvement will provide a person the opportunity to become a leader, speak up for them self and their peers, and give back to their community. There are local chapter meetings in Redding, Red Bluff, Los Molinos, Chico, Paradise, Quincy and Oroville.
For more information on meeting times and locations please go to http://www.wecarealot.org/people-first/chapter-info/ or call Cindi Freshour at 530-223-7771.

Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA)

 
​Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is a unit within Disability Rights California. OCRA provides free legal and advocacy services for regional center clients. To reach the advocates that serve Far Northern Regional Center clients, please call 530-345-4113. Here is more information about OCRA: http://www.disabilityrightsca.org/about/OCRA.htm. Also, please find information on issues such as IHSS, school advocacy and regional center services here: http://www.disabilityrightsca.org//pubs/PublicationsIndex.htm
 

State Council on Developmental Disabilities


The State Council on Developmental Disabilities is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to plan for and ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

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