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.
Regional Center Independence Day Holiday Closure
Please be advised that Lanterman Regional Center will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day on the 4th of July.
If you have an emergency during the holiday closure and need assistance from the Regional Center, call the main phone number at 213.383.1300 and follow the recorded instructions.
We will resume normal business hours on July 6.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info y Recursos
El Internet está inundado de información y recursos sobre el Coronavirus (COVID-19) desde el nivel federal hasta el estatal y local. Comenzamos esta página para compartir algunos de los recursos e información que encontramos más útiles y accesibles, además de compartir información específica para Lanterman sobre cualquier efecto que esto tenga en nuestras operaciones, nuestros proveedores de servicios y la comunidad en general.
The Internet is awash in info and resources about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the federal to the state and local levels. We're starting this page to share some of the resources and info we found most helpful and accessible, plus to share information specific to Lanterman about any effects this is having on our operations, our service providers and community as a whole.
2019 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.
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.