The So'oh-Shináli Sister Project promotes Indigenous education and wellness to empower Indigenous community members in the urban setting through core values, intergenerational relationship building, and community-based programming.

THE james irvinE foundation

So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project received a grant from The James Irvine Foundation to host five Indigenous Arts Gatherings for our local community. Indigenous Arts Gatherings are designed to empower the Indigenous community in Los Angeles to engage in experiential learning that fosters access, equity and inclusion through arts and storytelling from the fall of 2022 through the spring of 2023. In addition, this grant will contribute to our SSSP team by directly supporting organizational infrastructure, capacity building and leadership development so that we may continue to work in community. We will share more details about Indigenous Arts Gatherings soon!

The James Irvine Foundation is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation dedicated to expanding opportunity for the people of California. The Foundation’s grantmaking is committed to a California where all low-income workers have the power to advance economically. Since 1937 the Foundation has provided more than $2.2 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations throughout California. With about $3.8 billion in assets, the Foundation made grants of $129 million in 2021.

For more information about The James Irvine Foundation, please visit: https://www.irvine.org/

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1:1 Parent Support program

This is an ongoing 1:1 support program designed for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities or at risk of having a developmental disability. SSSP will support parents in finding and securing resources for their family and children with different abilities, as well as, provide them with access to technology which includes a free laptop and hotspot. 

Support will look different for each parent as we provide an individualized plan to meet the unique needs of each family and child with different abilities. This can look like anything from assisting the family with applying to their local Regional Center to connecting parents to resources that assist in obtaining an IEP or 504 plan for their child. 

Parents who are a part of this program will also be granted priority registration for upcoming SSSP Wellness Workshops (Beading Circle, Paint Night, and Talking Circle).  

Our 1:1 Parent Support Program is provided free of charge through the Department of Developmental Services SAE grant and maintains eligibility requirements.

Eligibility requirements

  • Self identify as Native American/Alaska Native or Indigenous (Indigenous to North, Central, or South America) 

  • Be a parent or primary caregiver of an individual with developmental disabilities or at risk of being diagnosed with a developmental disability. (No age restrictions).

  • Live within one of the following four catchment areas in the Greater LA area:

    • Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center catchment area 

    • Franklin D. Lanterman Regional Center catchment area

    • North Los Angeles County Regional Center catchment area

    • South Central Los Angeles Regional Center catchment area

To look up which catchment area you live in, visit www.dds.ca.gov/rc/lookup-rcs-by-county/ and enter in your zip code. 

Interest Form 
If you are interested in being apart of this program, please fill our interest form here: sssp.la/PSP

If you have any questions, are interested in applying, or would like to refer someone for our 1:1 Parent Support Program please contact our Interim Resource Coordinator,

Dria Yellowhair, at dria@sssisterproject.org 

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indigenous centered training for disabilities

Through the SAE DDS grant, we are offering our Indigenous Centered Training for Disabilities to the community. The curriculum for this free single-day training focuses on providing parents and caregivers with advocacy tools for their children with different abilities, as well as, providing a safe space where families can reflect and share their journey.


One of the activities that parents participate in during this training is creating a One-Page Profile for their child or relative with different abilities. We introduce parents to what a One-Page Profile is and provide them with access to digital tools to create their child's profile. This profile is a life-changing advocacy tool that can be used in all areas of a child’s life such as home, school, medical appointments, and service appointments to share crucial information about the child and to ensure that children with different abilities are first and foremost recognized as unique individuals and loved members of their communities instead of being identified entirely with their disabilities. 


We focus on shifting away from language that centers on a certain disability, to Indigenous-centered language which sees all individuals as valued members of the community with gifts and contributions. Through this training, we discuss wellness, community, and abilities from an Indigenous perspective as a way to honor and center the beliefs, values, language, and attitudes that are integral to Native ways of being. 

To create collaboration opportunities for community members, service providers, and regional centers, we invite representatives from various Native and non-native organizations to participate in a Q&A segment at the end of the training. Guest representatives are invited to each training to share information about their organization and resources with our community members. During this time, parents have the opportunity to connect with these organizations, ask questions, and learn how they can access and benefit from these services for themselves and their children with different abilities.

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service access & equity grant from the department of developmental services

So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project (SSSP) has been awarded the Service, Access, and Equity Grant from The Department of Developmental Services for the fiscal year 2020-2021. The vision of this grant, as stated by DDS, “is to create transformational changes toward a culturally and linguistically competent developmental disabilities system, which reflects service quality and is responsive to the beliefs, values, attitudes, language, behaviors, and choices of the diverse individuals and their families who receive services.” 


Priority areas of focus are: 

  • Building leadership capacity to increase representation and voice in the developmental services system for self-advocates and families in diverse communities. 

  • Creating collaborative opportunities for connection and learning between individuals, families, service providers, and regional centers. 

  • Improving access to technology, to include training for self-advocates and families.


Learn more at www.dds.ca.gov/rc/disparities