Knowledge is Power Workshop Series

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The landscape for delivering and utilizing services in the disabilities community is rapidly changing. Over the next few years, these changes will greatly impact the lives of adults with special needs and those who care for them.

The LAJAC Knowledge Is Power Workshop Series is designed to make information about these changes and the tools available to navigate them accessible to everyone in our community. Each session takes an in-depth look at a topic presented by an expert in the field. As the name suggests, understanding the issues and your options is the best way to achieve the life you want.

Knowledge Is Power workshops are coming to South Bay!  Sessions are free and open to the whole community; click here for more information.

Can’t make it to an upcoming session? Miss a session you wanted to attend? Don’t worry! We are uploading videos and PDFs of presentations to this page after each workshop, so check back frequently!   _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Knowledge is Power Workshop Sessions – Winter and Spring 2016

Session 1 – Financial Tools for Your Future

Topics included: ABLE Accounts and Trusts, including the new JLA Pooled Trust

Watch the videos. Download the presentations.

Overview of Public Benefits- Janet Morris, Directing Attorney, Family Caregiver Project, Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Overview of Public Benefits Presentation


Overview of ABLE Accounts – Stephanie Koguchi, Legal Intern, Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Overview of ABLE Accounts Presentation


Overview of Trusts – Annabel Blanchard, Attorney, Newman Aaronson Vanaman

Overview of Trusts Presentation


Overview of JLA Special Needs Pooled Trust – Michelle K. Wolf, Executive Director, Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Pooled Trust

Overview of JLA Special Needs Pooled Trust Presentation

Session 2 – Self-Advocacy 101

Topics include: Regional Center Services, IPPs & Fair Hearing Strategies

Watch the video. Download the presentation.

Self-Advocacy 101- Christofer Arroyo, Advocate, State Council on Developmental Disabilities

Self-Advocacy 101 Presentation



Session 3 – Self-Determination

Topics include: Self-Determination Program Outline, Eligibility, Responsibilities and Timeline

Watch the video. Download the presentation.

Self-Determination-  Judy Mark, Government Relations Co-Chair, Autism Society of Los Angeles

Self-Determination Presentation

Session 4 – State Entitlements and Benefits

Topics include: Regional Center, Medi-Cal, State Supplement Program, Cash Aid Program, Housing Programs, Cal Fresh

Watch the video. Download the presentation.

State Entitlements and Benefits- Katie Hornberger, Director, Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy, Disability Rights California

State Entitlements and Benefits Presentation

Session 5 – Federal Benefits

Topics include: SSI, SSDI, Medi-Cal, IHSS

Watch the video. Download the handout.

Federal Benefits- Hannah Liddell & Meira Amster, Clients’ Rights Advocates, Disability Rights California

Federal Benefits Handout


For more information about any of the topics covered during our Knowledge is Power Workshop Series, click here to be connected with an LAJAC Case Manager or Intake Specialist.

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