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Welcome to RICV

Welcome to Resources for Independence Central Valley. RICV is one of 28 Centers for Independent Living in California. Our main office is located in Fresno with two additional locations in Visalia and Merced. Our mission is to encourage people with disabilities to be in control of their lives and to live more independently through a diverse range of choices and opportunities.

Resources for Independence Central Valley provides the Core Services of information and referral, independent living skills training, assistive technology training, peer support, individual and systems advocacy, youth transition from high school to adult life, and assisting individuals with transition from nursing homes to independent living in the community.


Coming up next week!!  Very important!!  Learn how to make your voices heard!




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Americans are facing mid-term elections in just a few weeks.  Even if you have never voted before, we need you to get out and add your voice.  We have a few links on our “GET OUT AND VOTE” page to help you determine where to vote, who’s running and what the propositions are.  Early voting (by mail) is already happening, but we need YOU to tell your politicians what they’re doing right or wrong, and select people and propositions that you believe in.



9th Annual Self Advocacy Conference

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Join us for the 9th Annual Self Advocacy Conference taking place on Thursday, October 18. Our theme this year is Getting Real World Ready. The conference is geared toward youth and young adults with disabilities, family members, educators and advocates in the Central Valley. The day will include timely presentations and workshops, give-aways, lunch, and so much more.



BRIDGES Halloween Party on October 24, 2018 at RICV
BRIDGES Halloween Party on October 24, 2018 at RICV



Don’t Just Talk About it, Be About It!

Graphic with gold writing on left side that says DOn't just talk about it. The words Be About It are written on the right in light blue against a white background.Be About It! is a unique peer group for youth who are disabled  between the ages 16-28.  Activities are planned by the youth with support from the BRIDGES Program Youth Empowerment Specialist, Sarah Harris. Be About It! is a way for youth to get involved in their community and advocate for themselves and others. It also brings youth with disabilities together to lend each other peer support and friendship.

Remember, if “you’re gonna talk about it, you better Be About It!!!!!!” Contact the BRIDGES team at 559-221-2330 for more information and to RSVP for the next meeting, which will be November 2.

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Be About It meeting on October 5, 2018.