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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.

we are recipients of the dds grant 2020-2021

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


programming: ictd

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.

who can register for this training?

Our Indigenous Centered Training for Disabilities is open to all California residents, with priority given to those residing in the Greater Los Angeles area. The curriculum is geared towards Native/Indigenous parents and caregivers, although, we also recognize the need for this kind of training to be assessable for all parents/caregivers impacted by disabilities, especially our BPOC families (Black and People of Color), therefore we are also open to providing this training to any parent/caregiver in need and who can benefit from the information and resources shared.


To learn more information and register for upcoming trainings, please visit: www.sssisterproject.org/upcoming-trainings