CA Memorial Remembrance Day September 19, 2016

The CA Memorial Project with People First of California was pleased to memorialize our lost friends through the Remembrance Day Ceremonies throughout the state on Monday, September 19, 2016.



The Spotlight is on People First of Califronia as we come to Sacramento to celebrate 20 years of conferences.

Be sure to come together at the gathering run BY and FOR self-advocates!

2016 People first statewide gathering

20th Anniversary

Come together

sacramento red lion woodlake conference center

june 10-12, 2016

This gathering IS SOLD OUT


Regional Centers: PFCA is a Vendor with
Vendor #P64650 and Service Code #102


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people first of california awarded grand with special hope foundation - The pacific alliance on disability self advocacy (PADSA)

The Pacific Alliance on Disability Self Advocacy (PADSA) is pleased to announce that People First of California (PFCA) has been awarded a $10,000 grant with the Special Hope Foundation for support for their annual, statewide conference this summer. This grant will enable People First of California to include additional health care focused activities at their conference. PADSA had the pleasure of initiating the relationship between PFCA and Special Hope and assisting PFCA with the grant-writing process.

Joe Meadours, staff member of People First of California, issued the following statement: “It is a great opportunity for People First of California to be back on the map again. Now PFCA will be a strong organization for many self advocates in the state.”

People First of California is a leading self-advocacy organization that works to strengthen the voice of people with developmental disabilities in California. The mission of the Special Hope Foundation is to promote the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities to address their unique and fundamental needs. Kris Guin, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network’s Technical Assistance Coordinator, describing the long-term plans of PADSA, said: “PADSA’s goal is to help build up self-advocacy organizations on the West Coast. In the coming years, we hope to assist more groups to build relationships with foundations, hold their own conferences or other major projects, and to become a strong self-advocate voice in their state.”

The Pacific Alliance on Disability Self Advocacy is a project of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. Please join to become a member or support our work.


“We are people first, our disability is second”


If you see us as equal, but different and do not include us in the decisions that affect our lives you will see us as your disabled client.


If you get out of our way and we have the opportunity to gather power and knowledge over OUR own lives we will become strong and successful.


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Our goal is to serve you better, and help you find the support you need!

If you are seeking a People First Chapter in your area, simply open the state map of regions on the left, identify your region, and then open the corresponding list of chapters for that region. You can also print out the list!

People First Is


People First is an organization of People with developmental disabilities who are learning to work together on how to find their voice.

Using different tools such as peer mentoring, we discover our true identity by living, working, and making new friendships.

We embrace our rights and responsibilities that we meet each and every day when making decisions. These challenges strengthen our commitment to educate our neighbors on who we are.

People First is run BY and is FOR people with developmental disabilities

We learn:

  • To find our voices
  • To stand up for ourselves and our peers
  • Leadership skills
  • To run our own meetings
  • Our identity and history
  • To make system wide changes
  • To be involved in our local neighborhoods
  • How to make friends
  • To organize chapter functions and conventions
  • How the political system works
  • Respect and kindness for each other