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Self-Determination Program Live Q&A

Lanterman invites you to a Self-Determination Program Live Q&A on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. via Zoom.

Have you watched the mandatory orientation and have questions? Join in and have your questions answered.

Register online:

For more info, contact:


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What You Need to Know About In Home Support Services (IHSS) and Your Taxes

Lanterman Regional Lanterman, in collaboration with Latino Tax Coach, invites you to participate in the IHSS and Taxes workshop on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about:

  • What are the IHSS rules when doing taxes?
  • How to identify your IHSS income when filing taxes?
  • How to correct errors in past IHSS statements?
  • Can IHSS income be tax-free?
  • Do you have to report your IHSS income in your taxes?
  • Do you need to file taxes if you are an IHSS provider?

Space is limited, registration required online:

For questions, contact Joe Perales at 213.252.4986 or


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Starting Points- A Pathway Toward Paid Permanent Employment with a Paid Internship Program (PIP)

A Six-Series Workshop with Expert Guests Participating Throughout the Sessions

Session One - Paid Internship Program (PIP): Starting Points Toward Matching You with the Right Job
Speaker: Carmen Jimenez-Wynn
Saturday May 15, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will take participants through the process of discussing the PIP with the Regional Center Service Coordinator as part of the Individual Program Plan. Part One of Two

Session Two - Understanding Available Resources and Job Search Strategies
Speaker: Regional Center Service Coordinator
Saturday May 22, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will take participants through the PIP process. Part Two of Two.

Session Three - Understanding Your Preferences in Order to Find the Job that is Right for You
Speaker: Gary Greene, Ph.D.
Saturday May 29, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will help you explore your preferences and strengths in the workplace, and assist you in organizing your workplace permanent products toward employment.

Session Four - Workplace Communication Skills
Speaker: Kristin Kucia
Saturday June 5, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This session will review important soft skills crucial to success in the workplace. Areas of review and practice include workplace etiquette and diplomacy, time and self-management, asking questions, making small talk, providing feedback, and note-taking.

Session Five - Interview Skills Practice
Speaker: Interview Coaches
Saturday June 12, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This workshop will review best practices with interview skills, self-advocacy, and how to speak positively about yourself in an interview.

Session Six- Employment Resource Fair
Speaker: Employment Vendors
Saturday June 19, 2021 at 2-3:30 p.m. PST

This interactive session will feature Employment Vendors who will discuss their programs, and answer all questions you may have.

Cost is a Flat Fee of $365.00 for the workshop series.
The workshop series is vendored by Lanterman Regional Center. It may be available to clients of other Regional Centers as well. Inquire with your Service Coordinator.
Vendor # PD3625

All sessions will be held on Zoom. The Zoom meeting information will be sent out to registrants before each session.

Register Now:
If you have any questions and to register, contact FAA at 818.662.8847 or

About the Speaker/Facilitator
Kristin Kucia is an educator, a writer, and a curriculum designer with over 20 years of experience teaching and coaching people with differentiated needs. She is the Co-Leader of the Talent/HR Coalition at the BRIC Foundation, an organization that forges career opportunities for women and underrepresented populations in the entertainment industry. She creates and manages internship and mentorship partnerships for diverse artists with the goal of fostering social responsibility and encouraging DEI initiatives in the workplace. Kristin is the mother of a young man with autism, and she is passionate about teaching, coaching, and empowering young adults on the spectrum towards employment opportunities. She published the memoir, "I am my son's first sightword: growing a child with autism" in 2014 and is currently working on her second book. Kristin sits on the Board of Directors at Foothill Autism Alliance.

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Know Your Fair Housing Rights: A Workshop for the IDD Community in California

Join the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, in partnership with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, for an overview of fair housing rights and issues impacting the intellectual and developmental disabilities community. This free workshop is being held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Click here to register

For accommodations and access needs, contact or 510.286.0439 by May 12.


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Epilepsy 101 Training: Improve and Save Lives

Lanterman Regional Center, in collaboration with the Epilepsy Foundation, invites you to participate in the Epilepsy 101 Training on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about:

  • What is Epilepsy?
  • What are the different seizure types?
  • What to do in case of an epileptic seizure?
  • How to use first aid for individual seizures?
  • How to stay seizure safe?

Space is limited, registration required online:

For questions, contact Joe Perales at 213.252.4986 or


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Entrenamiento Básico de Epilepsia

En Centro Regional Lanterman, en colaboración con la Fundación de Epilepsia, les invita a participar en entrenamiento básico de epilepsia en lunes, 24 de mayo de 5:30 a 7:30 p.m. a través de Zoom.

  • ¿Qué es la Epilepsia?
  • ¿Cuáles son los diferentes tipos de convulsiones?
  • ¿Qué hacer en caso de un ataque epiléptico?
  • ¿Cómo utilizar los primeros auxilios en caso de una convulsión?
  • ¿Cómo prevenir las convulsiones?

Espacio es limitado, se requiere registración, haga clic:

Contacte a Joe Perales al 213.252.4986 or


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Social Security - SSI: Assuring the Present and the Future of Your Children

Lanterman Regional Lanterman, in collaboration with the Social Security Administration, invites you to participate in a presentation on SSI on Friday, May 21, 2021 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Learn about:

  • What is Social Security?
  • What is the elegibility process to receive SSI benefits for my child?
  • What happens when my child turns 18 years old?
  • What are the Social Security benefits for adults with disabilities since childhood?
  • How to apply for SSI payments or SSDI benefits and how can you help?

Space is limited, registration required online:

For questions, contact Joe Perales at 213.252.4986 or


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We Asked…You Answered…And This is What You Had to Say

After a year like no other, we wanted to give every client and family served by Lanterman Regional Center an opportunity to provide the Center with feedback on how we’re doing and how things are going.
We invited the 11,000 clients and families we serve to participate in a mail-in survey sent out in their primary language to evaluate our performance and processes, and received an above average response, hearing back from 20 percent or more of you in each of the four languages – English, Spanish, Korean or Chinese.

So, what did you have to say?
Overall, 93% of clients and families reported that they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with the services and support that Lanterman provides. And then we broke it down into 10 different aspects of service and support for which responses were given along a 5-point scale:

  • Extremely Satisfied
  • Satisfied
  • Not sure
  • Dissatisfied
  • Extremely Dissatisfied

We asked survey recipients questions in the following 10 areas and we’re sharing the percentage satisfied/extremely satisfied:

  1. Easy to reach by telephone – 87%
  2. Timely response to concerns as needed – 90%
  3. Respectful/professional staff communication – 97%
  4. Staff respect and honor my race/ethnic culture – 96%
  5. I feel listened to/understood by staff – 94 %
  6. Staff partner with helpful solution-based ideas – 91%
  7. Service coordinator knows and informs me about relevant services and supports – 90%
  8. Feel comfortable as active participant in IPP/IFSP – 92%
  9. I receive the services and supports I need – 91%
  10. The services and supports I receive have made a difference – 93%

In 9 out of the 10 areas, 90 percent or more were satisfied or extremely satisfied. Our lowest mark at 87 percent satisfied/extremely satisfied was how easy, or perhaps not easy, we are to reach by telephone. Overall percent satisfaction by ethnicity was also over 90% among 7 self-identified ethnicities.
While there is a small percentage that is unsure, dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied, in each of these areas, overall it was reaffirming after this extraordinary year to hear back from our community that we’re mostly meeting or exceeding your expectations. Also, respondents who had expressed a question or concern in their survey response, and chose to provide contact information, received a follow-up phone call.
The takeaway is there is always room for improvement. And your feedback will help us deliver an ever-better experience with the regional center to our clients and families.

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Service Coordination Advocacy Training (in Korean)

Learn how to navigate the special needs system. This series provides information regarding skills and knowledge about the Regional Center via four sessions being held virtually via Zoom on Thursdays, from May 6 to May 27, 2021, from 3-5 p.m.

Session 1 | May 06, 2021 | The Lanterman Act and Regional Center Funding
Session 2 | May 13, 2021 | Developing a Partnership with Regional Center
Session 3 | May 20, 2021 | Lanterman Values / Advocacy
Session 4 | May 27, 2021 | KYRC / Telling Your Story

Registration is required:
Zoom meeting ID and Password will be sent upon registration.

Contact Evie Jung at or 213.252.8350 for questions.


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KASEC’s Dream Art Contest 2021

To celebrate, discover, and encourage artistic talents of individuals with developmental disabilities, KASEC has put together a Dream Art Contest for individuals with developmental disabilities 2021.

View more details at Questions: 562.926.2040. The last day to submit is Wednesday, May 26, 2021.


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Early Start Webinar Series - Telepractice Series, and Wellness, Mental Health, and Resilience Series

DDS and California Early Start present the Early Start Webinar Series (December 2020 thru May 2021) to address the needs of Early Start during the coronavirus pandemic. This Webinar Series offers:

  • Telepractice Series which focuses on web-based strategies to support the development of infants and toddlers in Early Start.
  • Wellness, Mental Health, and Resilience Series which focuses on preventing, recognizing, and addressing stressors for children, families, and professionals.

Register now for the:

FOURTH Webinar in the Telepractice Series
Tele-intervention and Private Insurance: Guidance for Families
Thursday April 29, 2:30-4 p.m.

FIFTH Webinar in the Telepractice Series
Using Technology to Connect and Engage with Families
Wednesday May 5, 12-1:30 p.m.

FINAL Webinar in the Telepractice Series and Wellness, Mental Health, and Resilience Series
Early Intervention “Post COVID”: Navigating Blended Service Delivery and Maintaining Mental Wellness
Tuesday May 25, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

To learn more or to register, visit Early Start Online at

  1. Login or create an account
  2. Enroll in a Webinar Series
  3. Sign up for individual webinars in the series as they become available

Early Start Personnel Development is a collaborative effort of the California Department of Developmental Services and California Department of Education, administered by WestEd Center for Prevention and Early Intervention (CPEI).


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What You Need to Know About the Pausing of the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

Are you worried because you received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine recently? Are you concerned because you do not have access to health care or a primary care physician you can consult with about your health and the COVID-19 vaccine? Are you not sure who to call to get medical advice and are concerned you may be experiencing side effects of the J&J vaccine, or may have symptoms/side effects that are concerning with any of the other vaccines?

Please know that the majority of people who received the J&J vaccine should be fine, you don’t need to see a doctor right away just because you recently received the vaccine, you just need to know what to watch for and report (symptoms and time frame specified below). It's important not to worry or panic as anxiety and fear can cause you to feel "symptomatic."

There are resources available to help with both medical and mental health concerns in case you need someone to talk to about you concerns, or develop unexpected or adverse side effects. LA County Public Health directs people to 2-1-1 (if you don’t have a health care provider). If you have Medi-Cal or Medicare, call your health plan or primary care physician if you have concerns. If you are having a medical emergency, do not wait,  call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.


Lo que necesita saber sobre la pausa de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson

¿Está preocupado porque recibió la vacuna Johnson & Johnson (J&J) recientemente? ¿Está preocupado porque no tiene acceso a atención médica o un médico de atención primaria con quien pueda consultar sobre su salud y la vacuna COVID-19? ¿No está seguro de a quién llamar para obtener asesoramiento médico y le preocupa que pueda estar experimentando efectos secundarios de la vacuna J&J, o que pueda tener síntomas / efectos secundarios preocupantes con cualquiera de las otras vacunas?

Tenga en cuenta que la mayoría de las personas que recibieron la vacuna J&J deberían estar bien, no necesita ver a un médico de inmediato solo porque recibió la vacuna recientemente, solo necesita saber qué observar e informar (los síntomas y el período de tiempo para monitorear se explicará a continuación). Es importante no preocuparse o entrar en pánico, ya que la ansiedad y el miedo pueden provocar que usted se sienta mal o creer que siente síntomas.

Hay recursos disponibles para ayudar con problemas médicos y de salud mental en caso de que necesite hablar con alguien sobre sus inquietudes o si desarrolla algún efecto secundario precupante o inesperado. El Departmento de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Ángeles dirige a las personas que llamen al 2-1-1 (si no tiene un proveedor de atención médica). Si tiene Medi-Cal o Medicare, puede llamar a su plan de salud o llamar a su médico personal si tiene inquietudes. Y por supuesto, si tiene una emergencia médica no espere, llame al 9-1-1 o vaya a sala de emergencia más cercana.


More Details are Available from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

View the press release:

View the FAQ handout:
On 4/13/21, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a temporary pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine because 6 cases of a severe type of blood clot have been reported in people who received the vaccine in the US. The blood clot is called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST). The 6 cases were in women ages 18 to 48 and their symptoms started 6 to 13 days after they received the vaccine. These side effects are very rare. There have been almost 7 million doses nationally of the J&J vaccine administered in the U.S. and only 6 reported cases. The pause is being recommended out of an abundance of caution while the FDA and CDC complete their review of the cases. This is expected to take several days.

Key points for patients who got the J&J vaccine:

  • If you got the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk to you is very low at this time.
  • If you recently got the vaccine - within the last few weeks - you should look for any symptoms of these unusual clots. If you develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, shortness of breath, or any other concerning symptoms or health problems, you should contact you healthcare provider and seek medical treatment. If you don't have a medical provider, call 2-1-1 to be connected with a healthcare provider

General vaccine info:

  • Importantly, there are three COVID-19 vaccines available. We are not seeing these events with the other two vaccines.
  • People who have vaccine appointments with the other two vaccines should continue with their appointment.

How should I report a side-effects from the vaccine? If you experience side effects after any vaccine, please report them to the FDA/CDC Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The VAERS toll-free number is 1.800.822.7967 or report online to

Here is the statement from the FDA:


Más detalles están disponibles del Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Los Ángeles

Ver el comunicado de prensa:

En 4/13/21, la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) recomendaron una pausa temporal en el uso de la vacuna Johnson & Johnson (J&J) porque 6 casos de un tipo grave de coágulos de sangre se han informado en personas que recibieron la vacuna en los EE. UU. El coágulo de sangre se llama trombosis del seno venoso cerebral (CVST). Los 6 casos ocurrieron en mujeres de 18 a 48 años y sus síntomas comenzaron de 6 a 13 días después de recibir la vacuna. Estos efectos secundarios son muy raros. Ha habido casi 7 millones de dosis a nivel nacional de la vacuna J&J administradas en los EE. UU. y solo se han reportado 6 casos. Se recomienda la pausa por precaución mientras la FDA y los CDC completan su revisión de los casos. Se espera que esto lleve varios días.

Puntos importantes para los pacientes que recibieron la vacuna J&J:

  • Si recibió la vacuna hace más de un mes, el riesgo para usted es muy bajo en este momento.
  • Si recibió la vacuna recientemente, en las últimas semanas, debe buscar cualquier síntoma de estos coágulos inusuales. Si presenta dolor de cabeza intenso, dolor abdominal, dolor en las piernas, dificultad para respirar o cualquier otro síntoma o problema de salud relacionado, debe comunicarse con su proveedor de atención médica y buscar tratamiento médico. Si no tiene un proveedor médico, llame al 2-1-1 para que lo comuniquen con un proveedor de atención médica.

Información general de la vacuna:

  • Es importante destacar que hay tres vacunas COVID-19 disponibles. No estamos viendo estos eventos con las otras dos vacunas.
  • Las personas que tienen citas de vacunas con las otras dos vacunas deben continuar con su cita.

¿Cómo debo informar los efectos secundarios de la vacuna? Si experimenta efectos secundarios después de cualquier vacuna, infórmelo al sistema de notificación de eventos adversos de vacunas (VAERS) de la FDA / CDC. El número gratuito de VAERS es 1.800.822.7967 o informe en línea a

Aquí está la declaración de la FDA:

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April COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility for Pasadena Area

As of April 15, COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will be expanded to include individuals aged 16-64. Please have families/clients who are Pasadena residents fill out the Pasadena Vaccination Inquiry Form for People with Severe Health Conditions to receive notification when vaccine appointments become available through the City of Pasadena. For assistance with completing the form, please contact the Pasadena Citizen Service Center at 626.744.7311.

At this time, the City is waiting for vaccine supply from the State and will offer appointments once vaccine is available. We encourage you to continue to check with other vaccine providers because they may have appointments available before the City of Pasadena. More information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including a list of other providers is available on the City’s COVID-19 Vaccine webpage.

Pasadena's plan for the distribution and administration of a COVID-19 vaccine follows the guidelines and requirements of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Where can I get the vaccine?

Pasadena residents should contact their healthcare provider or local pharmacy for vaccine availability.

California Department of Public Health My Turn:

For more information on vaccine availability at local pharmacies, visit:

Rite Aid:






To view more information on COVID-19 vaccination locations by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, visit

Vaccines may be available at Kaiser Permanente locations for members and non-members. To view appointments and determine if you are eligible, visit

For those without access to a computer or the internet, or with disabilities, the call center is available to help schedule appointments.

Pasadena Citizen Service Center 626.744.7311: open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Los Angeles County 833.540.0473: open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

California COVID-19 Hotline 833.422.4255: open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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LAUSD Student and Family Wellness Hotline / Línea Telefónica de Bienestar para Estudiantes y Familia

LAUSD Student Health and Human Services has a Student and Family Wellness Hotline that can be reached at 213.241.3840 on school days Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Caregivers, parents and staff can call for consultation, support and referrals:

  • For basic needs, press 1
  • For mental health, press 2
  • For school attendance and enrollment, press 3
  • For nursing, press 4
  • For students in foster care, experiencing homelessness and/or involved in juvenile justice, press 5

Learn more at


Servicios Humanos y de Salud Estudiantil del LAUSD tiene una Línea Directa de Bienestar Estudiantes y Familias a la que se puede llamar al 213.241.3840 los días escolares de lunes a viernes, de 8 a.m. a 5 p.m.

Los cuidadores, los padres y el personal pueden llamar para consultas, apoyo y referencias:

  • Para necesidades básicas, presione 1
  • Para salud mental, presione 2
  • Para asistencia e inscripción a la escuela, presione 3
  • Para enfermeria, presione 4
  • Para estudiantes en cuidado de crianza temporal, sin hogar y / o involucrados en la justicia juvenil, presione 5

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Watch Rachelle Talk About Her Journey with The Campbell Center

Meet Rachelle C., The Campbell Center's (TCC) Art Academy Instructor. Rachelle has gone through such a tremendous journey with TCC from graduating college to becoming an art teacher at several nonprofits and schools.

One of the most important things for Rachelle is not to be defined by her disability and to be treated like everyone else. Rachelle's story is an important one because it reinforces the idea that every individual with a disability is exactly that: an individual. We must treat each individual with the respect and dignity they deserve.


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Reflecting on a Year in the Pandemic: One Year of COVID, in Under Three Minutes

From ARCA - Association of Regional Center Agencies: Reflecting on a Year in the Pandemic: One Year of COVID, in Under Three Minutes

It's been just over a year since California's shelter-in-place order started. Regional centers have transitioned to new ways of working to meet the new - and continuing - needs of the people and families they serve.

It hasn't been easy, and we're not through it yet. But we still want to salute the regional center staff who remain committed to over 350,000 Californians with developmental disabilities.

Your regional center is committed to supporting you and your loved ones during this challenging time. Support in the pandemic is not just new forms of service - it's distributions of critical personal protective equipment, school supplies, food, diapers, and finally, vaccines.

This work was made possible through community partnerships, both those that have formed in response to the pandemic, such as with pharmacies, and those that have strengthened in the past year, such as with local public health departments and the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

In this three-minute video, ARCA salutes and honors the diverse ways regional centers and community partners have come together in a renewed focus on the needs of those we are all committed to serving!


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The First Three Years of Every Child’s Life are Critical

Help is just a phone call away! Call the Early Start BabyLine
 800-515-BABY (800-515-2229)
(Disponible en español)

The California Department of Developmental Services and the Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention have free information for parents and professionals so they can learn more about early intervention and learn how to get the BEST help for our babies and toddlers.

How your baby or toddler plays, learns, talks, acts and moves give important clues as to how they are developing. If you have any questions or concerns about whether your baby or toddler’s development is on track, call 1-800-515-BABY to get connected with free resources near you.

If your child is already receiving Early Start services, congratulations! They are on their way to a better future, and your support is making it possible. It's important to remember you're not alone. Other parents just like you can be a great resource. Your fellow parents can offer the support that only someone who's been where you are can provide.

That's why your regional center partners with "Family Resource Centers." These centers are operated by parents and family members, and are meant to provide peer support, guidance, and information to help you focus on being the best parent possible for your child. Once you've connected with your regional center, think about reaching out to the local Family Resource Center, too!


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Check Out CHLA’s Tips for Virtual Learning for Young Children

Developed by Children's Hospital Los Angeles' (CHLA) Early Childhood Interdisciplinary Assessment Clinic team, this 2-page handout features tips for parents, teachers, and early interventionists on virtual learning for young children. It includes tips for setting the stage, and what to do both during and after learning sessions.


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Check Out Our PSA in LA Parent Online and in Print

Throughout the past year, referrals to the Early Start program have declined, and it's not because there are not as many children who need services. The pandemic, as with so many aspects of life, has affected the many avenues through which children who may be in need of Early Start services are referred to the program. So one year into this, there is an active effort to reach parents and early childhood caregivers to increase awareness of how to get help and access available resources. So check out Lanterman's PSA in the most recent edition of LA Parent online and in-print that was distributed to over 150,000 readers.


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Watch a PSA from California’s Surgeon General About Early Start

The first three years of every child’s life are critical. How your baby or toddler plays, learns, talks, acts and moves give important clues as to how they are developing. If you have any questions or concerns about whether your baby or toddler’s development is on track, call 1-800-515-BABY to get connected with free resources near you.

The California Department of Developmental Services and the Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention have free information for parents and professionals so they can learn more about early intervention and learn how to get the BEST help for their babies and toddlers.



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Joint Statement on Federal Public Charge Changes

State Health and Human Services Leaders Issue Joint Statement on Federal Public Charge Changes

SACRAMENTO – California’s health and human services leaders today issued the following joint statement on the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will no longer enforce the 2019 public charge final rule.

Joint statement from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly; California Department of Social Services Director Kim Johnson; California Department of Public Health Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Tomás Aragón; and California Department of Health Care Services Director Will Lightbourne:

“Immigrants and their loved ones across California can seek and accept medical care, food assistance and public housing without fear or confusion, thanks to changes in federal policy. They won’t be forced to choose between getting help for basic needs and their ability to stay with their families in the United States.

To immigrant families in California, we want you to know that California fought to end this shameful policy and you should continue to use available public services that help you and your family thrive and be healthy. Remember that medical testing, treatment and preventative services for COVID-19, including vaccines, will not be considered for public charge purposes. If you have questions, you can find a list of nonprofit organizations providing legal immigration services on the California Department of Social Services website here:

To providers across California administering health and social services programs, thank you! We are grateful for all you do to ensure that everyone has access to basic services. Your efforts further our collective work to build a healthy, vibrant, and inclusive California for All.”

Click here for more information on federal changes to the public charge rule:


The following statement is from Jacey Cooper, State Medicaid Director and DHCS Chief Deputy Director for Health Care Programs:

“We welcome the federal decision to stop treating Medi-Cal as a public charge. Diseases, including deadly pandemics like COVID-19, ignore borders and legal distinctions between people, so it’s in everyone’s best interest that all individuals get the care they need.”

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Vaccine Update: Individuals w/ D.D. Become Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine March 15


Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Become Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine tomorrow, Monday, March 15.

Read our latest bulletin for more information, including sites where you can try and schedule a vaccine appointment:

Please note that while you may qualify for a vaccine, vaccines are in short supply and it may take some time and multiple attempts to schedule an appointment.


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ARCA Budget Proposals Support Service Coordination Funds and Other Community Needs

California's 21 regional centers, represented by ARCA, are supporting a number of Budget proposals to help our community.

For one of them, ARCA is partnering with Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Together, they're pushing for new money to hire enough service coordinators to meet both your needs and the promises of the Lanterman Act.

Having too few service coordinators harms service delivery and people served, especially diverse communities. The pandemic drove that point home, with new crises overstretching staff resources. Budgeted costs for service coordinators, unchanged for two decades, have dropped from 285% to 117% of minimum wage. This has led to a shortfall of 850 service coordinators as of March 2020.

Fortunately, Assemblymember Jim Frazier, from the East Bay, has once again risen to the challenge of fighting for our community. He will be formally requesting California provide up to $55 million to fix this. Asm. Frazier has a long history of championing the needs of people with developmental disabilities. So it's no surprise he'd see how important it is to provide excellent service coordination!

ARCA, SEIU, and Assemblymember Jim Frazier are working hard to fix this. ARCA's Budget advocacy goes beyond just service coordination. ARCA's full Budget position ( covers a wide range of needs, including:

  • Close the digital divide to equitably serve all families
  • Improve service access for diverse communities, including through the Community Navigators program
  • End sunsets on provider rate increases and the re-start of furloughs
  • Support professional wages for direct support professionals by improving the minimum wage adjustment process
  • Increased funds for IHSS, special education, and other programs
  • Better support multi-agency foster youth
  • Enhance regional centers' ability to coordinate emergency response
  • Expand crisis prevention and intervention services
  • Improve forensic support to meet complex needs


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Next Day Access Services Trips for COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments at Approved Drive-Thru Sites

Beginning February 22, 2021, if you have an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, Access riders can book next-day trips to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments at approved drive-thru vaccination sites.

Call 626.532.1616, select your preferred language, and then select option 2 to make a reservation. Reservations can be made daily between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Make sure you have an appointment to be vaccinated before booking a drive-thru trip. Visit for more information about when and where you can be vaccinated. Access riders without computer access can also call 833.540.0473 to make a vaccination appointment. Drive-thru vaccination trips should only be booked to an approved location and are limited to pick-up locations within 20 miles of the vaccination site. Click here to see a list of approved drive-thru locations. Regular fare applies for vaccination trips.

If you book an Access trip to a drive-thru vaccination, you will not need to get out of the vehicle to get your vaccination. The same vehicle and driver will be with you for the entire trip, and enough time will be built into the schedule for the post-vaccination observation period. After the observation period, the same driver will complete the return trip.

For more information on Access’ COVID response, click here.

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Getting the Vaccine When Supplies Remain a Limiting Factor

It should be noted that availability of vaccines remains a global challenge, so while this step does provide our community with a better position for access, supplies remain the major limiting factor. Following are some of the steps and actions that have been taken to facilitate vaccination, but vaccine demand continues to outpace vaccine supply.

Our best advice is to check back on the websites or call centers mentioned below several times a day, because new slots are made available if there are cancellations or if more vaccine is scheduled to arrive.

Following is new information compiled from the last several days, but there is still a lot that we don't know.

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Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, Severe Health Conditions Receive Vaccine Priority

Thanks to all the self-advocates, family advocates and community members who urged making people with developmental and other disabilities a vaccine priority, your voices were heard.

Last week, the California Department of Public Health announced that beginning March 15, healthcare providers may use their clinical judgement to vaccinate individuals age 16-64 who are deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 as a direct result of one or more of the following severe health conditions:

  • Cancer, current with debilitated or immunocompromised state
  • Chronic kidney disease, stage 4 or above
  • Chronic pulmonary disease, oxygen dependent
  • Down syndrome
  • lmmunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies (excludes hypertension)
  • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index 2 is greater or equal to 40 kg/m2)
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus with hemoglobin A1c level greater than 7.5%


If as a result of a developmental or other severe high-risk disability, one or more of the following applies:

  • The individual is likely to develop severe life-threatening illness or death from COVID-19 infection
  • Acquiring COVID-19 will limit the individual's ability to receive ongoing care or services vital to their well-being and survival
  • Providing adequate and timely COVID care will be particularly challenging as a result of the individual's disability.

At a press conference on February 8, Governor Newsom acknowledged that Californians with developmental disabilities have not received enough vaccines.

He said, “We’ve got to take care of the most vulnerable. And people in the developmentally disabled community, with all the unique challenges and opportunities that present them in their lives, these vaccines need to be prioritized. And I’m committing to doing that.”

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Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

Sibshops meets monthly and is for brothers and sisters, ages 8 to 14, with siblings with special needs. Join in for fun and educational Sibshops sessions the fourth Wednesday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Registration in advance is required:

For questions, contact the Koch-Young Resource Center at 213.252.5600 or


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지역 센터 이해 (Understanding the Regional Center in Korean)

이 오리엔테이션 세션에서는 지역 센터 시스템에 대한 기본적인 필수 정보와 지식, 이용 가능한 서비스, 정보 및 자원 획득 방법을 제공합니다.

다루는 특정 주제는 다음과 같습니다:

  • 지역 센터는 무엇입니까?
  • IFSP / IPP 란 무엇입니까?
  • 부모의 역할은 무엇이며 서비스 코디네이터의 역할은 무엇입니까?
  • Koch-Young 리소스 센터 및 커뮤니티의 기타 리소스는 무엇입니까?
  • 그리고 더

등록이 필요합니다. 오리엔테이션 프레젠테이션은 ZOOM을 통해 진행됩니다. 등록시 링크가 전송됩니다.

이 회의에 미리 등록하십시오 :

자세한 내용은 Koch-Young 리소스 센터 ( 또는 213.252.5600)에 문의하십시오.


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Como Entender el Centro Regional

Esta sesión de orientación ofrece información necesaria básica y el conocimiento acerca del sistema de centros regionales, qué servicios están disponibles, y dónde puede obtener información y recursos.

Cubre la siguiente:

  • ¿Qué es el centro regional?
  • ¿Qué es un IFSP/IPP?
  • ¿Qué es el papel de los padres y cuál es el rol de su coordinador de servicios?
  • ¿Qué es el Centro de Recursos Koch-Young y otros recursos en la comunidad?
  • Y más

Se requiere registro. La presentación de orientación se realizará a través de ZOOM. El enlace se enviará al registrarse.

Regístrese antes para esta reunión:

Para mas información, pongase en contacto con el Centro de Recursos Koch-Young al o 213.252.5600.


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