Taft College, working with The Arc of California and the National College of Direct Support, is offering a new Associates degree - Direct Support Education. It is an all online program that can be accessed from anywhere. The goal of the DSE program is to help create a career ladder in working with individuals with disabilities.
The Direct Support Education (DSE) Associates Degree is designed to educate students in the care of individuals with disabilities. The program consists of six classes (18 units) that provide a broad background for working with individuals with disabilities, in addition, to the 42 units of basic education classes needed for an associates degree. The 18 units of DSE classes (CSU transferable) include: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities (DSE 1501), Documentation and Individual Rights and Choices (DSE 1502), Introduction to Medication Support (DSE 1503), Cultural Competency (DSE 1504), Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Dealing with Challenging Behavior (DSE 1505), and Maltreatment and Safety at Home and in the Community (DSE 1506). At this time, all of these classes are offered online.
This program is designed to equip students who are currently working with individuals with disabilities or want to work in this field with a strong foundation in skills in effective communication, understanding of the systems that are associated with working with individuals with disabilities, general guidelines and documentation methods, the importance of confidentiality, how to support people as they effectively and safely manage their basic health, personal needs, how to deal with behavioral issues, maltreatment of individuals with disabilities, mandatory reporting, self advocacy, and safety. The courses will also cover topics that deal with a wide variety of personal perspectives, different cultures and life circumstances.
In addition, the core classes of the DSE program can also be used by individuals who work in the medical field, social services, teachers, and any other professionals that work with individuals with disabilities for CEU’s. These classes, and the entire associate’s degree, are offered online. Since Taft College is the only Junior College that offers an Associates degree in DSE, online classes allow students to participate no matter where they live.
Summer Opportunities and Resources
Update: We've just recently added flyers for some mid to late summer opportunities, so be sure to check them out.
We've compiled flyers for various summer opportunities and resources. This compilation is by no means comprehensive. We'll add opportunities and resources as we become informed of them.
Please note that Lanterman does not endorse any specific opportunity, program, camp, etc., we are providing this for informational purposes only.
As part of the Department of Developmental Services' (DDS) commitment to provide information to the general public, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and professionals in the field, DDS produces the Fact Book on an annual basis. The Fact Book presents pertinent data over a 10-year period about the individuals served by DDS, including an overview of the service delivery system and trends in California. The Fact Book contains valuable information that is helpful in better understanding California’s developmental services system and the people served.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) monitors the actions and efforts of regional centers to ensure they meet statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations, and uphold the values of the Lanterman Act, the legislation guiding the developmental services system in California.
For more information on DDS' monitoring activities, visit the Regional Center Oversight Dashboard on the DDS Web site and click on the oversight functions. Oversight functions include:
Purchase of Service Report
National Core Indicators
Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Compliance
2016 Disparity Data on Purchased Services Report Now Online
California law and regulation requires that regional centers display on their Web sites information about the dollar value of services they purchase for clients. These data (called "purchase of service" or "POS" data) must be reported separately by clients' ethnic/racial group, langauge and diagnosis.
50th Anniversary Edition of the History of the Regional Centers in California
Strengthening the Commitment... Reinvesting in the System: A Journey of Community Partnership
The history chronicles more than five decades of the regional centers' journey - of learning from experience, gaining new knowledge, taking steps forward, and constantly facing new challenges. Print copies are available at the Koch-Young Resource Center but you can also download a PDF from the link below.