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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 empower independence! We 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.


January and February 2019 Calendar of Events


January 24

Piss on Pity. A man in a wheelchair is in handcuffs. This scene is from the documentary Piss on Pity.


Piss on Pity explores the disability-rights movement, focusing on the formation of ADAPT, and how they have helped shape this country’s disability-rights agenda since 1983,  With unprecedented access, this documentary brings you an inside look at the group that stormed Congress to pass the ADA, and again in 2017 to defeat Medicaid-killing legislation..  ADAPT has fought for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities for 34 years. The struggle continues.

Join us on Thursday, January 24 from 3pm to 5pm in the RICV conference room for a screening of this documentary followed by a discussion focusing on the film.



January 30

a computer keyboard with the word simple written on it



Join RICV staff to learn the basics at this free introductory level workshop. From parts to peripherals and everything in-between, this workshop is designed to help you feel more comfortable when using your computer and troubleshooting problems. Contact Frank Lizarde at extension 110 for more information or to request accommodations.


February 16

Pancake breakfast at Applebee's - February 16, 2019

Show your love for RICV at an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast on February 16 at the Applebee’s on Cedar and Herndon (7007 N. Cedar).

Tickets are $10 each, and are on sale at the RICV office or at the door.  Proceeds support advocacy training for RICV consumers and travel to the 2019 Disability Capitol Action Day.

For more information, please contact RICV at (559) 221-2330.