Photo of the Health Action TeamSenior and Disability Survival School and Senior and Disability University
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We empower seniors and people with disabilities to take action in their communities. Utilizing presentations, discussions, and popular education, we train seniors and people with disabilities to effectively access vital community resources and to exercise their rights. Senior and Disability Survival School brings useful and accessible information to people with disabilities and seniors throughout San Francisco. Senior and Disability University trains people on community organizing and on issues such as Social Security, health care, housing, and pedestrian safety. And see our Survival Sheets on the Resources page.

Photo of SDA demonstration with placard reading "The Senior Moment Is Now"

HealthCare Action Team (HAT)
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HAT is a coalition of seniors, people with disabilities, caregivers and community agencies working together to advocate for increases and expansion of homecare services and affordable, supportive housing and improvements to discharge planning. We use theater, song, storytelling and other popular education and participatory research models to raise awareness of the growing need for quality services and housing and the important role they play in our community.

HAT meets on the second Tuesday of the month at the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco (825 Howard Street). Contact us at (415) 546-1333 ext. 304. And see our information on health care in our Survival Sheets on the Resources page.

Photo of SDA staff with placard reading "Yes on C for Housing Rights"

SDA Housing Collaborative
The SDA Housing Collaborative is a group of tenants, homeowners, community advocates, and representatives from non-profit and government agencies, all dedicated to improving housing opportunities for seniors and people with disabilities. We work together to preserve and create quality, affordable, accessible housing in San Francisco, by organizing to win change!

Join us every third Wednesday of the month at the SDA office (1360 Mission St., Suite 400). And see our information on housing in our Survival Sheets on the Resources page.

Mad Mob SF: Mental Health Consumers Work Group
SDA has started a new group of mental health consumers organizing for our rights, dignity, and access to services. If you have or have had a mental health disability or identify as a consumer and are interested in working together to improve the mental health system, come join us!

We meet on the second and fourth Fridays of the month at the SDA office (1360 Mission St., Suite 400) from 2:00-3:30pm. Contact Raia to get involved at (415) 546-1333, ext. 308 or

Consumer Rights for Community Living (CRCL)
CRCL (pronounced “crackle”) helps seniors and people with disabilities navigate the complex web of home and community-based support services that can keep people living at home. CRCL works with people to get the services they need, know their rights, and resolve grievances.

If you’re having trouble getting the services you need, if you’re not sure what your rights are, or if you need help resolving a grievance, call us at (415) 546-1333 and ask to speak with a Peer Advocate. And see our information on advocating for your rights in our Survival Sheets on the Resources page.

Free Computer Classes
Are you new to computers? Do you wonder what they do and why you would want to use one? Are you afraid if you hit the wrong button you would break it? Welcome, you’re in the right place!  Come join us in the Computer Lab at the SDA offices and learn everything you need to know about using a personal computer. The Lab is open 9:30 am – 4:30 pm during non-class instruction times.

Computer Class are held on Mondays at 1:00 pm and from 10:00 am to 11:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Fridays. Please register for classes in advance by contacting Pi Ra at (415) 546-1333. And see our information on assistive technology in our Survival Sheets on the Resources page.

Trainings on Disability and Ableism
SDA is now offering Disability and Ableism training for community organizations, unions, government agencies, and businesses. Priced on a sliding scale, we offer a half-day or full day professional development opportunity for staff, board members, or volunteers to learn or refresh knowledge of systems that oppress people with disabilities. Through interactive presentations, role play, and games, this training includes disability history, cultural competency, ableism, useful communication skills, and more. One of the main goals is to explore our own experiences and views of disability. We hope to provoke deep conversation and create space for personal reflection, thereby giving you the skills to better serve your communities.

For more information, please contact Jessica at 415-546-1333,


Thank you to San Francisco’s Department of Disability and Aging Services for provided core funding for the programs listed here! Thank you also to the many other foundations, organizations, and individuals who keep SDA’s work going.

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