In 2016, PADSA awarded mini-grants to four organizations. Below are descriptions of their projects and some general updates.
Self-Advocates in Leadership (SAIL): SAIL’s project goal was to help self-advocates connect with political organizations in their community and statewide. In the process, they will be creating a stronger Internet presence to help with this project goal. They have a social media training scheduled, and are making progress toward coalition-building.
Imperial Valley People First: Imperial Valley’s project goal was to provide four personal leadership training events. These events were for self-advocates from the Imperial Valley community. The trainings have either been held or scheduled for a future date.
Chinese Self-Advocacy Group Empowered (Chinese SAGE): Chinese SAGE’s project had three parts. The first was to become more independent by hiring an outside facilitator. This goal is ongoing. Another part of the project was to assist Chinese SAGE members with learning about the voting process by the 2016 election. Many Chinese SAGE members voted in the 2016 election. The last part of the project was to become a 501(c)(3). This part of the project is ongoing.
Self-Advocacy Board of Los Angeles County (SABLAC): SABLAC’s project was to help train retail businesses on how to assist, if needed, people with disabilities in the right way. They identified this need through personal experiences. SABLAC has created training materials. Work is ongoing to train the retail businesses.