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Welcome to San Diego People First. In 1988, a band of self-advocates met together and formed San Diego People First. We have grown over the years holding annual self-advocacy conferences, delivering trainings and presentations, and conducting community service projects. We educate and promote self-advocacy and leadership skills among our members and to the greater community.

San Diego People First is a regional self-advocate group that meets the second Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to Noon. In May we do not meet in Balboa due to the fact we host our annual conference at the Mission Valley Marriott. During our business meetings we usually have a guest speaker and give members a chance to report on their self-advocate groups. We also have updates from People First of California, the San Diego Regional Center, and other important matters. During our work group meetings we usually work on special projects.

Through July, 2013, our meeting location will be:

Balboa Park Recital Hall
2130 Pan American Rd., West
San Diego, CA 92101

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  1. TRENA

    I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE NEW OFFICERS FOR SAN DIEGO PEOPLE FIRST.

    PRESIDENT – JON
    VP – AMY
    SECRETARY – MARIAH
    TREASURER – REBECCA
    SARGENT OF ARMS – ALISHA
    CA REP – LINDA

  2. Jon Copeland

    Thank you Trena and Paul for all the trainings and presentations this year. We have learned a lot.

  3. TRENA D WADE

    HEY, EVERYBODY AT THE LAST OFFICERS MEETING WE AGREED TO SELL SOME OF OUR VINTAGE (NICE WAY OF SAYING OLD) CONFERENCE SHIRTS TO RAISE MONEY TO BUY A WIRELESS MIC. SO IF YOU WANT A $5.00 SHIRT YOU CAN GET ONE AT AREA BOARD OR THE STATE WIDE CONFERENCE IN BAKERSFIELD NEXT WEEKEND.

  4. Jon Copeland

    beeter place to do inlife and real world san deigo people frist

    1. TRENA

      HI JOHN, JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW I SAW YOUR MESSAGE WE SOLD A FEW OF THE SHIRTS AT THE STATEWIDE CONFERENCE. WILL FALLOW UP WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR IDEA AT THE OFFICERS MEETING TOMORROW.

  5. Jon Copeland

    san deigo people frist to have more edcation for have fudderaisers

  6. Jon Copeland

    san diego people first

    orgrations for fudding for nonprfits

  7. TRENA

    JUST TO UPDATE YOU ON THE TEE SHIRT SALE WE WERE ABLE TO PURCHASE A WIRELESS MIC SYSTEM IN TIME FOR THE SPEECH CONTEST!!!

  8. Ben A. Birenbaum

    I’m interested in attending this years conference for 2013 and, would like to know if the prices posted on the website for the 2012 conference will be the same for 2013. I’m also interested in having a roommate if anyone is available or is looking for someone to be a roommate with.(male roommate please.) Thank you very much in advance for your assistance.

    1. admin

      Hi Ben,

      Thanks for messaging us at San Diego People First. The prices for the conference have not been established this year. Once the prices have been set we will post it on the San Diego People First website. Please also feel free to join us on February 5 at 12:30 PM for the next conference planning committee meeting at the Fenton Parkway Library! I will pass the information to the conference organizer about your request about needing a roommate!

      Take care, looking forward to a great conference.

  9. jennifer springfield

    how manny days until the hotel

  10. jennifer springfield

    hi my name is jennifer springfield i just want to know how many days untill the hotel and when we get the papper for the hotel send in march or april i just want to know ok

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Hi Everyone,

We would like to announce that there is going to be a new meeting location for San Diego People First business and work group meetings. These meetings are held on the second Saturday of each month from 10AM-12pm. Starting in August, 2013 the meetings are going to be held at the Area Board 13 office board room. It is on the third floor of the Hyundai building in Mission Valley, suite 325. All Saturday meetings before August will still be held at Balboa Park in the Recital hall.

The address for the new meeting location is:

8880 Rio San Diego Dr., Suite 325
San Diego Ca, 92108.

The photo above shows a picture of what the new meeting location looks like.

See you at the meeting.

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Facilitation and support provided by Area Board XIII.
Contact Debbie Marshall at (619) 688-4236 for more information.
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