This is the third part of TASH's six-part webinar series, Creative Solutions to the Community Living Crisis. To learn more or register for the complete series, click here.
1:00 PM Eastern, Friday, March 13, 2020
Cheri Mitchell, Advocate, Georgia Advocacy Office
Scott Shepard, Executive Director, Avenues Supported Living Services
About this Episode
In an increasingly competitive housing market, being prepared is essential. Cheri Mitchell will discuss what you need to know when you are assisting someone with a disability to find appropriate housing when their needs can be both more than the ADA requires, but also served by being creative with housing not specially designated for people with disabilities. Scott Shepard will bring people his agency supports to discuss how they purchased their own homes in the high-priced California market.
About the Presenters
Cheri Mitchell is first and foremost a Self-Advocate. She has spent the last twenty years working on behalf of people with disabilities and people who are elderly, and mentoring and supporting self-advocates across Georgia and the nation. She is dedicated to helping people get out of nursing facilities and back into the community and helping people find housing.
She has worked at the Georgia P&A, the Georgia Advocacy Office, for nearly twelve years. She is a member of the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) Advisory Committee and the TASH Self-Advocacy Committee. She is a successful national grassroots organizer and serves as the National Chair of the Long Road Home campaign – an initiative to celebrate the successes gained through the implementation of the Olmstead decision and to point to work that still remains to be done.
Cheri is a former President of People First of Georgia, a cross-disability organization, a former Chair of the NDRN Self-Advocacy Committee, and served on the NDRN Program Advisory Committee.
She is a seasoned public speaker and social justice poet writing from the disability experience. Cheri loves making a difference and helping people find their voice.
Scott Shepard is the Executive Director of Avenues Supported Living Services, a non-profit agency which provides community living and personalized day supports to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Los Angeles County. With Avenues SLS, we had the opportunity to begin services one person at a time, and it took ten years to reach our goal to support twenty people in their own homes and community. Since that time, we have mentored two other agencies that provide community living services. Scott also teaches part-time at CSU Northridge on courses related to Behavior Assessment and PBS, and Issues Related to Transition for Students with Disabilities. Scott serves on the Santa Clarita Valley Mayor’s Committee for Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, and on the Board of Cal-TASH.