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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.

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.

Apply for the Community Leadership Academy

Graphic containing the logo for the Community Leadership Academy. The logo includes three blue dots at the top above the letters claiming. The words Community Leadership Academy are written in blue below. The logo has a dark gray background.Are you interested in making a difference in your community but feel you lack the skills needed to take the next step? RICV is excepting applications for our fall session of the Community Leadership Academy. 

Go here for details and to apply for the fall 2018 session.


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 with disabilities ages 16-28 years of age. Activities are planned by 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 Sarah Harris at 559-221-2330 for more information and to RSVP for the next meeting.

Social Security Workshop

Applying for Social Security benefits (SSI or SSDI) can be a difficult and confusing process. If you are applying for benefits or filing an appeal and have questions, you are encouraged to attend our Social Security 101 class. This class is scheduled for Tuesday, October 2nd beginning at 2pm. The workshop will provide you with an overview of the application and appeals process, tips for completing an application or appeal, and resources that you can access to help you along the way. If you have questions or want to attend, please call 559-221-2330 and talk with one of our Independent Living Specialists.