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Our mission is to advocate for the systemic development of quality community living services for Californians with developmental disabilities.

2017 CSLN Leadership Conference

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Honoring the Heart of the Matter: Realities and Opportunities

Join us in honoring the exceptional Direct Support Professionals in our state.

April 13 & 14, 2017

Hotel: The Dana On Mission Bay

1710 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego CA 92109

For Room Reservations Call 1.800.445.3339

Conference Room Rate Code: "California Supported Living Network"


We are excited to present our speakers:

Joseph Macbeth and John Raffaele- Keynote Speakers

National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

NADSP envisions a world where people with intellectual and other disabilities live community-based lives of their choosing supported by a highly qualified direct support workforce with the knowledge, skills, and values needed to support them in achieving their life goals.



Diana Pastora Carson & Joaquin Carson - Keynote Speaker

 Diana is a teacher, speaker, advocate, author and director of Ability Awareness.  Likely Diana's most important role is as sister of Joaquin. 

Joaquin is an advocate. 


Stephen Hinkle - Advocate

Explore what Stephen describes as the Hidden Curriculum.

Esmé Grant Grewal, Esq.- Senior Director of Government Relations (ANCOR)

Patti Uplinger - Housing Now and Lanterman Housing Alliance

Christina Elliott - Cal-ABLE


Direct Support Professional Award of Excellence

NOMINATIONS STILL BEING ACCEPTED- Deadline extended until February 6, 2017

This year’s conference general theme is Honoring the Heart of the Matter: Realities & Opportunities.  We are excited to celebrate the individuals that spend every day making a difference in the lives of the people we support. 

Each agency is invited to nominate one Direct Support Professional who demonstrates excellence in their role of supporting a person or people. This employee should be a person who:

  • ·      demonstrates ethical performance
  • ·      shows a desire to help people acquire the 5 principles of supported living
  • ·      utilizes their unique skills and gifts to the benefit of the team they are on
  • ·      performs their job duties with competence and skill
  • ·      demonstrates creativity and dedication in supporting people to have full and quality lives. 

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California Support Living Network Contact Info
Kristoffel van de Burgt, Membership Chair

Beth Gallagher, Training Co-Chair

Mark Melanson, Conference Coordinator

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Rebecca LaBoriel, Vice President

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