Advocacy Groups

California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)

The SCDD is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need. There are 13 Regional Offices serving the consumer population of California. The Regional Office that serves our area covers Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Tulare Counties.

The Sequoia Regional Office (formerly Sequoia Area VIII Board) is located at: 770 E. Shaw Ave., Ste. 123, Fresno, CA 93710 and their phone is: (559) 222-2496. You can also visit their website:

Disability Rights California

Disability Rights California (formerly Protection & Advocacy, Inc.) is a federally-mandated nonprofit organization established to protect and advocate for the human, civil and service rights of Californians with developmental disabilities, and California’s identified as mentally ill. Disability Rights CA provides a variety of advocacy services for people with disabilities, their families and advocates. They include:

  • Information and materials about legal rights
  • Referral to other advocacy services
  • Technical assistance
  • Advocacy training

Direct representation, including investigation, negotiation and representation in administrative hearings in court.

For more information, contact the office located nearest you:

Fresno: (559) 476-2000
Sacramento: (916) 488-9950
Oakland: (510) 267-1200
Los Angeles: (213) 427-8747

You can also visit their website: