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Early Intervention and AAC

Lanterman's KYRC and Goodwill OC's ATEC present Early Intervention and AAC on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 from 4 to 6 p.m. via Zoom.

This training will provide introductory information about AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) and Early Intervention. Join us in exploring who can benefit from AAC, who currently uses AAC, and the different types of AAC available specifically for the early intervention (0-5) population. We will also share resources, funding, equipment demonstration and an opportunity for Q&A.

Register online

Interpretation available upon request.

For questions, contact: / 213.252.5600


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Self-Determination Program Participant Support Group / Grupo de Apoyo para Participantes del Programa de Autodeterminación

Welcome to the support group for participants already in the Self-Determination Program and interested SDP participants* too.

This group will meet monthly on Zoom on the last Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

They will alternate between open forum and guest speakers on topics chosen by the group.

  • Come share your Self-Determination Program experiences.
  • Learn about creative options, solutions and strategies.
  • Share resources.
  • Meet fellow participants in the program.
  • Learn from expert guest speakers.

Self-Determination is an evolving program. Let’s collaborate to make it a success.

Register in advance for this meeting

Facilitator: Kristianna Moralls (
Support Staff: Adrian Jimenez (
Hosted by: Koch-Young Resource Center

* If you are interested in learning more about the Self-Determination Program, view the mandatory orientation here.


Bienvenido al grupo de apoyo para los participantes que ya están en el Programa de Autodeterminación y también para los participantes interesados del SDP*.

Este grupo se reunirá mensualmente en Zoom el último miércoles del mes de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m.

Alternarán entre foro abierto y oradores invitados sobre temas elegidos por el grupo.

  • Venga a compartir sus experiencias del Programa de Autodeterminación.
  • Obtenga más información sobre opciones, soluciones y estrategias creativas.
  • Comparte recursos.
  • Conozca a otros participantes en el programa.
  • Aprenda de los oradores invitados expertos.

La autodeterminación es un programa en evolución. Colaboremos para que sea un éxito.

Regístrese con anticipación para esta reunión

Facilitadora: Kristianna Moralls (
Personal de apoyo: Adrián Jiménez (
Organizado por: Centro de Recursos Koch-Young

* Si está interesado en obtener más información sobre el Programa de Autodeterminación, consulte la orientación obligatoria aquí.


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Self Determination Program Live Q&A on 09/27 / Programa de Autodeterminación Preguntas y Respuestas en Vivo en 09/27

Still have questions after you have viewed or attended the mandatory Self-Determination orientation. Join Lanterman’s SDP Specialist and other interested participants in answering any questions you may have. The next Live Q&A will be held Wednesday, September 27, 2027 from 6-7:30 p.m. via Zoom.

English and Korean interpretation will be available if needed.

Contact: or 213.252.8642


Aún tiene preguntas después de haber visto o asistido a la orientación obligatoria de Autodeterminación. Únase con el Especialista en SDP de Lanterman y a otros participantes interesados en responder cualquier pregunta que pueda tener. Las próximas preguntas y respuestas en vivo se llevarán a cabo el miércoles, 27 de septiembre de 2023 de 6 a 7:30 p.m. a través de Zoom.

La interpretación en inglés y coreano estará disponible si es necesario.

Contacto: or 213.252.8642


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PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks PlayLA Youth and Adaptive Youth Sports Program is a city-wide initiative that provides access to quality sports programming for youth of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 17, including swimming, archery, soccer, basketball, equestrian, tennis and more. Made possible by an investment from the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), PlayLA is the single largest commitment to youth sports development in California and serves as a legacy before, during and after the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Over the next several years, the PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program will offer young people with disabilities access to a variety of adaptive sports programming at no cost in a safe and fun environment at their local recreation centers and neighborhood facilities. The first- of-its-kind program in the City of LA aims to remove barriers to participation by providing an underserved community with the opportunity to discover a sport they are passionate about and can pursue.

The PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program raises awareness of the benefits adaptive sports can offer young people with disabilities, including enhancing lifelong leisure pursuits and helping achieve a more equitable quality of life. LA Parks is committed to creating a lasting positive impact through this initiative and fostering a new generation of para-athletes and fans ahead of the LA28 Games.


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Workforce Development and Training: DSP Training Stipend Program

In June 2022, the budget Trailer Bill for developmental services, SB 188 (Chapter 49, Statutes of 2022), added Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code section 4699.2, which established the DSP Training Stipend Program with the intent to enhance the quality of services received by clients, improve DSP retention, and increase interest among DSPs in skills development and continuous learning opportunities by offering stipends for the completion of training courses. 

Through this program, DSPs can receive up to two $625 (before taxes) stipends for completing approved training courses. The DSP Training Stipend Program is time-limited and all trainings must be completed by June 30, 2024.

Click here to view more information on the eligibility requirements, accessing training courses, billing process and point of contacts.

Also please click below to access additional information on the following enclosures:

For questions, e-mail Christine Irigoyen at


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Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week September 10 to 16

Semana de Reconocimiento de los Profesionales de Apoyo Directo del 10 al 16 de Septiembre

On behalf of the Lanterman Regional Center Service Provider Advisory Committee (SPAC), we would like to thank our Direct Care Professionals for the talent and skills they share every day in supporting people with disabilities… are key to success for us all!


En nombre del Comité Asesor de Proveedores de Servicios (SPAC) del Centro Regional Lanterman, nos gustaría agradecer a nuestros Profesionales de Apoyo Directo por el talento y las habilidades que comparten todos los días para apoyar a las personas con discapacidades...¡ustedes son clave para el éxito de todos nosotros!

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Adaptive Social Recreation Class / 特殊需求青年 社交娛樂項目

Social activities such as dancing, stretching, exercise, games, arts and crafts, sports and much more!

Lunch included - Training and practice social skills of eating with friends.

FFDY Fall Saturday Classes, 12-3 p.m., 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14,10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2
Participant Intake Form will be provided by instructor at the beginning of the class.

Ages 3-21

Class Fee: $40 per class, scholarships available, contact

Palmview Center, 1340 E. Puente Ave., West Covina, CA 91790

More info:



包午餐 - 訓練和練習與朋友一起吃飯的社交技巧

FFDY 秋季週六班 星期六下午12點到3點 8月 19日, 8月 26日, 9月9日, 9月 16日, 9月 23日,9月 30日, 10月 7日, 10月 14日, 10月21日, 11月 4日, 11月 18日,12月 2日

3 至 21 歲

課程費用:每節課 40 美元, 如需獎學金,請聯繫

Palmview Center, 1340 E. Puente Ave., West Covina, CA 91790


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Adapted Aquatic Splash and Play and Fitness Classes

YMCA of the Foothills has been awarded a DDS social recreation grant and is able to offer aquatic classes to individuals receiving services from Lanterman between the ages of 5-12 through the “Adapted Aquatic Splash and Play Program” and 15-80 years through the "Adapted Aquatic Fitness Class." While these classes are free, participation is first based on an assessment. The YMCA does offer private pay options if staffing ratios don’t allow certain individuals to participate based on the program’s staffing ratio.

Adapted Aquatic Splash and Play

The Adapted Aquatic Splash and Play Program provides children with differing abilities a chance to play and learn fundamental movement skills in a safe, fun environment. All abilities are welcome, and all skills will be adapted and modified as needed. Each child will work one-on-one with an aquatic trained staff member and will be offered a variety of activities to take part in.

Price: Free, Open to All, Limited Spaces - 6 Spots Open
Assessments are required.
Ages: 5-12 years old

Days, Times, Location:
Mondays and Wednesdays, September 11 to October 4
4:15-5 p.m.
5-5:45 p.m.
Tierra Del Sol Foundation
9919 Sunland Blvd., Sunland

Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 11 to October 14
5-6 p.m.
Crescenta-Canada Family YMCA
1930 Foothill Blvd., La Canada Flintridge

Adapted Aquatic Fitness Class

The Adaptive Aquatic fitness program provides teens and adults with disabilities the opportunity to exercise in a safe environment and create friendships. All abilities are welcome, and all skills will be adapted and modified as needed.

Price: Free, Open to All, Limited Spaces - 10 Spots Open
Registration is required.
Ages: 15-80 years old

Days, Times, Location:
Mondays and Wednesdays, September 11 to October 4
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Tierra Del Sol Foundation
9919 Sunland Blvd., Sunland

Sofia Cervantes, MSK, CSCS
Master of Science in Kinesiology
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist or 818.273.8810


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Նահանգային Ինքնորոշման Տեղեկատվական Հանդիպում (Statewide Self-Determination Orientation - Armenian)

The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Developmental Services present: / ներկայացնել:

Statewide Self-Determination Orientation / Նահանգային Ինքնորոշման Տեղեկատվական Հանդիպում

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 6 p.m. / Չորեքշաբթի, Սեպտեմբեր 27, 2023, ժամը 6-ին

Join Us to Learn…
Միացե՛ք մեզ սովորելու համար

  • What is SDP*? / • Ի՞նչ է Ինքնորոշման Ծրագիրը
  • How SDP Works? / • Ինչպե՞ս է աշխատում Ինքնորոշման Ծրագիրը
  • The Principles of SDP / • Ինքնորոշման ծրագրի սկզբունքները
  • Steps to Enroll in SDP / • Ինքնորոշման ծրագրում գրանցվելու քայլերը
  • Key Roles in SDP / • Ինքնորոշման ծրագրի հիմնական դերերը
  • Your Next Steps / • Ձեր հաջորդ քայլերը

* Self-Determination Program / * Ինքնորոշման Ծրագիր

For more Information and Registration / Լրացուցիչ տեղեկությունների և գրանցման համար

Click the link below: / Սեղմեք ստորև նշված հղումը՝

Learn if the Self-Determination Program is Right for You! / Տեղեկացվե՛ք, թե արդյոք Ինքնորոշման ծրագիրը ճիշտ է ձեզ համար:

A Certificate of Completion Will Be Provided. / Կտրվի ավարտական վկայական:

A SDP Orientation Is Required To Enroll In SDP. / Ինքնորոշման Ծրագրին գրանցվելու համար անհրաժեշտ է մասնակցել Ինքնորոշման Ծրագրի տեղեկատվական հանդիպմանը:


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Self Determination Program Request for Proposal

The Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center Self Determination Local Advisory Committee is requesting proposals for services provided by an individual or organization to participants interested in the Self-Determination Program (SDP) in understanding the Self-Determination Program. There will be a focus on supporting participants and families with complex needs, specifically to individuals that are bilingual (e.g., Spanish, Korean and Armenian). Supports will include identifying Independent Facilitators (IF’s) and Financial Management Services (FMS’), and supporting and encouraging them to move forward in the process. The individual/organization who provides these services cannot also be providing other services to the same Lanterman Self-Determination Program participants. If interested, see instructions on the official request for proposal (RFP) below.

View the complete RFP: Word version l PDF version

Instructions for submission:

  • Closing Submission Date: Proposals are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 29, 2023.
  • Inquiries: Inquiries concerning this RFP should be directed to Adrian Jimenez, Self-Determination Specialist, 213.252.8642 l


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Be Prepared: Tropical Storm Warning / Prepárese: Alerta de Tormenta Tropical

We are providing you with information and resources regarding Hurricane Hilary. Your safety and well-being is very important to us and we want to ensure you are as prepared as possible.

Hurricane Hilary is forecasted to reach Southern California this weekend as a tropical storm, bringing heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and strong winds. The storm could affect you by flooding streets that can make driving dangerous, risk of rockslides and mudslides, and power outages.

The location and intensity of wind and rains is unpredictable as the hurricane approaches California, so it is important to be prepared. And be sure to follow the guidance of your local officials and be aware of updates and possible evacuation orders due to flooding.

And a reminder to charge your electronics in case of potential power outage.

If you need to reach the regional center over the weekend, call our main number at 213.383.1300 and follow the recorded instructions.


Le proporcionamos información y recursos sobre el huracán Hilary. Su seguridad y bienestar son muy importantes para nosotros y queremos asegurarnos de que esté lo más preparado posible.

Se pronostica que el huracán Hilary llegará al sur de California este fin de semana como una tormenta tropical, trayendo fuertes lluvias, tormentas eléctricas y vientos fuertes. La tormenta podría afectarlo al inundar las calles que pueden hacer que conducir sea peligroso, riesgo de deslizamientos de rocas y lodo, y cortes de energía.

La ubicación y la intensidad del viento y las lluvias son impredecibles a medida que el huracán se acerca a California, por lo que es importante estar preparado. Y asegúrese de seguir las instrucciones de los funcionarios locales y estar al tanto de las actualizaciones y posibles órdenes de evacuación debido a las inundaciones.

Y un recordatorio para cargar sus dispositivos electrónicos en caso de un posible corte de energía.

Si necesita comunicarse con el centro regional durante el fin de semana, llame a nuestro número principal al 213.383.1300 y siga las instrucciones grabadas.



Sign Up for Emergency Alerts Ahead of Hurricane Hilary / Regístrese para Recibir Alertas de Emergencia Antes del Huracán Hilary

Click here to sign up

Create Your Emergency Plan / Crear Su Plan de Emergencia:

Click here for more info

State of California Advisory / Aviso del Estado de California


Click here for more info

Power Outage/ Corte de Energía

Click here for more info

Disaster Preparedness/ Preparación para Desastres

Click here for more info

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C.L.U.B. Life Social and Recreational Get Togethers for Teens and Young Adults with T.B.I.

Check out this opportunity for different social activities funded through DDS’s Community Enhancement Grant through Live the Club Life – Teens and In-Betweens project. This enhancement grant is providing social and recreational get together opportunities for adolescents and young adults with T.B.I that are 14 to 21 years old. C.L.U.B. Life has an adult program that provides social opportunities for people with TBI that have become clients of the regional center, and they now have a program for younger people. Activities with family and friends include:

  • Games
  • Bowling
  • Movies
  • Cooking and art classes
  • Hangouts
  • Brain games and cognitive exercises
  • Lunch and dinner socials

For more information, visit or call 626.260.5919.


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Burbank Boys and Girls Club Afterschool Programs Start August 14

The Burbank Boys and Girls Club received a DDS grant to make their services more inclusive and welcoming the individuals we serve at their upcoming afterschool programs. Families are encouraged to reach out directly to the Boys and Girls Club with further questions about the programs.

Main Club Afterschool Program
August 14, 2023 to May 23, 2024

2:30 to 6 p.m.
*afternoon snack will be provided

Registration: $95
1st-8th grade monthly afterschool: $170 (*financial aid is available for qualifying families)
9-12th grade: free

Enrichment Programs

  • Academic/homework assistance
  • Sports and recreation
  • STEM enrichment programs
  • Creative and performing arts
  • Teen services

Transportation to the Main Club from:

  • Washington Elementary
  • Burbank High School
  • John Burroughs High School

Registration opens July 3 through the parent portal:

For more information, contact the Main Club House at 818.842.9333, x. 113 or e-mail, or visit, 300 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank, CA 91502.


Elementary Afterschool Program
August 14, 2023 to May 23, 2024

After school to 6 p.m.
*afternoon snack will be provided

Registration: $95
1st-5th grade: $170/month
*Morning care: $110/month (TK-5 grade, Bret Harte 7-9 a.m.)
Bret Harte, Edison and Stevenson TK/Kinder: $200/month
(*financial aid is available for qualifying families)
(*a minimum of 15 members is needed in order to operate a morning and kinder program)

Enrichment Programs

  • Academic/homework assistance
  • Sports and recreation
  • STEM enrichment programs
  • Creative and performing arts

On Campus Locations

  • Bret Harte
  • Edison
  • Emerson
  • Jefferson
  • McKinley
  • Miller
  • Roosevelt
  • Stevenson

Registration opens July 3 through the parent portal:

For more information, contact the Main Club House at 818.842.9333, x. 113 or e-mail, or visit, 300 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank, CA 91502.


Middle School Afterschool Program
August 14, 2023 to May 23, 2024

Monday to Friday, school release to 6 p.m.

Registration: $95
Afterschool monthly fee: $110
(*financial aid is available for qualifying families)

Enrichment Programs

  • Academic/homework assistance
  • Sports and recreation
  • STEM enrichment programs
  • Creative and performing arts
  • Teen services

Sites on Campus

  • Dolores Huerta
  • John Muir
  • Luther

Registration opens July 3 through the parent portal:

For more information, contact the Main Club House at 818.842.9333, x. 113 or e-mail, or visit, 300 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank, CA 91502.


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Lanterman Regional Center Caseload Ratio

Dear Lanterman Community,

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has found that Lanterman Regional Center is out of compliance with the requirements of the Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4640.6 (c), which requires that regional centers maintain caseload ratios at or below specific averages.

In February 2023, Lanterman reported the following caseload ratios:

  • Medicaid Waiver - 1:77 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Children under 6 - 1:58 (the required ratio is 1:40)
  • Individuals who moved from a developmental center over 24 months ago - 1:52 (the required ratio is 1:62)
  • Individuals who moved from a developmental center between 12 and 24 months ago - 1:14 (the required ratio is 1:45)
  • Individuals who moved from a developmental center within the last 12 months - N/A (the required ratio is 1:45)
  • Over 5, not on Waiver - 1:74 (the required ratio is 1:66)
  • Complex Needs - 1:15 (the required ratio is 1:25)
  • Low or No POS - 1:26 (the required ratio is 1:40)

Welfare and Institutions Code 4640.6 (f) requires a plan of correction be developed for a regional center that has not complied with the caseload ratio requirements for two consecutive years. The Regional Center is required to solicit input from its community, including families, adults served by the regional center, service providers, the State Council, recognized labor unions and other interested parties.  

There are two ways you can provide input:

  • Attend our Community Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, August 22 at 4 p.m. to learn more about our caseload ratios as well as to give input into our plan to reduce caseloads. Click here to register
  • Our draft response letter will be posted soon. And if you would like to provide input once it is, you may submit via e-mail to or send via U.S. Mail by August 25, 2023 to the address below:
    Melinda Sullivan
    Executive Director
    Lanterman Regional Center
    3303 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700
    Los Angeles, CA 90010


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DDS Emergency Preparedness Bulletin - Extreme Heat and Wildfire Safety

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is excited to share the Summer Edition of the Emergency Preparedness Bulletin posted on the Emergency Preparedness Consumer and Vendor pages. This bulletin addresses the topic of Extreme Heat and Wildfire Safety. Preparing for the unexpected is your best defense against extreme heat and wildfire emergencies during the summer months. Knowing what to do before an emergency occurs allows you to respond quickly. Do not be caught unprepared. Plan Today! This bulletin provides relevant emergency preparedness information as part of DDS’ ongoing effort to alert and educate individuals and direct service providers to specific risks identified with our community.

For Vendors and Direct Service Providers:

For Self-Advocates and Families:

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ASL Summer Immersion Program / Programa de Verano Inmersión de ASL

Deaf (Hard of Hearing, Deafblind, Deaf Disabled) Families join GLAD's Family Outreach Advocate and Deaf Coach this summer for ASL Storysigning, Arts and Craft, Socialize with Others and Play Activities at various Los Angeles Public Libraries. / Las familias sordas (con dificultades auditivas, sordociegas, sordas discapacitadas) se unen al Defensor de alcance familiar y Entrenador de sordos de GLAD este verano para las actividades de escritura de cuentos, artes y manualidades, socializar con otros y jugar en varias bibliotecas públicas de Los Ángeles.

  • Monday/Lunes, July 10 at 10 a.m. - R.L. Stevenson Library, 803 Spence Street, Los Angeles, CA 90023
  • Wednesday/Miércoles, July 12 at 12 p.m. - R.L. Stevenson Library, 803 Spence Street, Los Angeles, CA 90023
  • Wednesday/Miércoles, July 19 at 11 a.m. - Van Nuys Library, 6250 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401
  • Thursday/Jueves, July 20 at 12 p.m. - Van Nuys Library, 6250 Sylmar Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91401
  • Thursday/Jueves, July 27 at 12 p.m. - Exposition Park Library, 3900 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062


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Limited FREE Spots for Lanterman Families for Camp Woodcraft - Must Apply by July 14

Camp Woodcraft has limited FREE spots for families that receive services through Lanterman Regional Center. You must apply by Friday, July 14.

There is one remaining session for the weeklong overnight camp for ages 7-13 held near Idyllwild:

  • Session 4 - July 23 to 28

Offerings include archery, archery tag, low ropes, rock climbing, gaga ball, nature hikes, water activities, arts and crafts, campfire and sing-a-longs, team building and more.

They have enhanced staff to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. Families can reach out directly to Woodcraft Rangers for scholarship consideration and to learn more about the camp.

Click here for the interest form

More info at, call 213.249.9293 or e-mail


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Riders with Disabilities and Companions Save 15% on Rail Travel with Amtrak San Joaquins

Summer is here...and did you know...Amtrak San Joaquins connects the San Francisco Bay Area with the Central Valley, and to the rest of California. With connecting Thruway buses to over 100 destinations throughout California, you can make an easy getaway to attractions like Yosemite, Los Angeles, Napa Valley and Las Vegas. Wherever you go, enjoy the journey aboard Amtrak San Joaquins with their spacious seats equipped with charging outlets, internet on-board with Amtrak Wi-Fi, and Café car with delicious food and beverages.

Amtrak San Joaquins offers a 15% off discount for riders with disabilities and companions. Select ‘Passenger with Disability’ or ‘Companion’ for each passenger as appropriate and enter code V577 when purchasing your ticket and be prepared to show written documentation of your disability at the ticket counter and when boarding the train. Valid for travel now through December 31, 2024.

Accepted written documentation include:

  • Transit system ID card for persons with disability
  • Membership card from a disability organization
  • Letter from a physician
  • Medicare card, if under 65
  • Veteran’s Administration ID with “Service Connected”
  • Disabled/Accessible parking placard issued by a state Department of Motor Vehicle (photocopy is acceptable)

Some limitations apply. Please visit to learn more.

Routes, train schedules and station locations can be found at For inquiries, train passengers can reach out to Amtrak San Joaquins on Twitter at @SanJoaquins, Facebook and Instagram at @AmtrakSanJoaquins or call 1.800.USA.RAIL.


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Catch a Performance of the Mystery Theater Horror Show

Created by and performed by people with autism!

The Strindberg Laboratory presents "The Mystery Theater Horror Show" performed at the Frida Kahlo Theater, 2332 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90057 on Sunday, June 25 at 4 p.m. and Saturday, July 1 at 4 p.m.

The show uses puppetry, shadow theater, live acting and more to tell the story of a group of actors from outerspace who have created a theater in Palmdale, CA. The show is an original creation and all of the stories and elements have been created by people with autism and other intellectual disabilities. The show is loosely inspired by the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Mystery Theater Horror Show, besides being entertaining, deals with the important theme of displacement that the autism community and other marginalized communities know first hand. They hope this show will spur audiences to take action in their communities and come together so Los Angeles will become more inclusive of people from all backgrounds.

For more information e-mail or call 213.265.6313.


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DSP Workforce Data Collection - $8,000 Incentive Payment

Due to the high volume of vendor agencies registering for the DSP Workforce Data Collection 2022 the deadline for completing the survey has been extended for vendor agencies that register by June 30.

  • Vendors must complete the online registration form for the DSP Workforce Data Collection 2022 by June 30, 2023 to access the survey. Click here
  • After registering, vendors may enter their survey data through July 31, 2023.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is collecting data from agencies that employ Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) about factors that impact the workforce. Registration is required to participate. The data collection effort will collect data, through an online survey, on vendor agencies’ direct service professionals (DSPs) for calendar year 2022. Vendor agencies who are eligible to participate in the data collection and complete the survey in its entirety will receive an $8,000 incentive after the data collection has ended. 

The survey registration and survey went live May 1, 2023. The presentation from the meeting on April 25, 2023, which provides information about registering for and completing the survey can be found here. In addition, more information can be found on the DDS DSP Workforce Data Collection webpage.
On that webpage you will find the following and more:

  • The DSP Workforce Survey online vendor registration form (goes live on 5/1/2023) – *Registration is required to participate in the survey*
  • A video recording of the meeting and presentation on April 25, 2023
  • General information about the data collection effort and survey
  • Tips on completing the DSP Workforce Survey (English and Spanish videos)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents covering these topics: eligibility requirements, incentive payment, survey details and technical assistance

We encourage you to share this valuable information with other vendors and vendor networks who are interested in earning the $8000 incentive payment for completing the DSP Workforce survey.  
For questions, e-mail

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DDS Releases New Info Packet for Clients and Families on Early Start Services

The Department of Developmental Services has released its new Information Packet for Consumers and Families on Early Start Services. This is the first of two standardized information packets being developed. They will help support regional centers in ensuring all families who are potentially eligible for services learn about how their center can serve them and their family member.

This first packet focuses on children ages 0-3. The second, which will be available this summer, will be about Lanterman Act services. The packet is also available in Spanish, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese. English and Spanish audio options, as well as an ASL version, will be available soon. 


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Check Out the Article: Fun for All

Check out the very informative article in May's Costco Connection “Fun for All - Vacationing with an Anxious, Inflexible or Neurodiverse Child.” It’s authored by Dawn M. Barclay, who wrote "Traveling Different." Topics covered include:

  • Strategies to enhance every vacation
  • Certification programs
  • Venues
  • Avoid meltdowns
  • For the family


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April is Autism Acceptance Month / Abril es el Mes de la Aceptación del Autismo

April is Autism Acceptance Month and there is lots going on in and around Los Angeles.

Steppin 4 Autism on April 15

Steppin 4 Autism will be on Saturday, April 15 with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the event staring at 10 a.m. Being held at the Woodley Airport in Compton.

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KYRC Storytime on April 19

The KYRC is hosting a virtual Storytime event on Wednesday, April 19 via Zoom from 4 to 4:45 p.m.

The books they will be reading are “It was Supposed to be Sunny” by Samantha Cotterill and “I am Odd, I am New” by Benjamin Giroux. 

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Tools 4 Transformation Conference on April 22

Every year, SNN brings families and providers together with renowned experts for the region’s largest and most comprehensive free autism/ADHD/LD conference on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Parents, clinicians, and providers build connections while learning about the latest research and strategies from experts in intervention, education, healthcare, culturally competent services, advocacy, and social justice. 

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Thinkers for Autism Fair on April 23

Thinkers for Autism will have their free Autism Awareness Fair on Sunday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norwalk Sports Complex.

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City of Los Angeles Fair on April 29

The City of Los Angeles will have their Autism Acceptance Fair on Saturday, April 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chatsworth Park South Recreation Center in Chatsworth.

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Abril es el Mes de la Aceptación del Autismo y están sucediendo muchas cosas en Los Ángeles y sus alrededores.

Steppin 4 Autismo el 15 de abril

Steppin 4 Autism será el sábado 15 de abril con el registro a partir de las 9 a. m. y el evento comenzando a las 10 a.m. y se llevará a cabo en el Aeropuerto Woodley en Compton.

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KYRC Storytime el 19 de abril

El KYRC está organizando un evento virtual Storytime el miércoles 19 de abril a través de Zoom de 4 a 4:45 p.m. Los libros que leerán son "Se suponía que iba a estar soleado" de Samantha Cotterill y "Soy extraño, soy nuevo" de Benjamin Giroux.

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Herramientas 4 Transformación Conferencia el 22 de abril

Cada año, SNN reúne a familias y proveedores con expertos de renombre para la conferencia gratuita sobre autismo/TDAH/LD más grande y completa de la región el sábado 22 de abril de 2023 de 8 a.m. a 3 p.m. en Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Los padres, médicos y proveedores construyen conexiones mientras aprenden sobre las últimas investigaciones y estrategias de expertos en intervención, educación, atención médica, servicios culturalmente competentes, defensa y justicia social.

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Thinkers for Autism Fair el 23 de abril

Thinkers for Autism tendrá su Feria de Concientización sobre el Autismo gratuita el domingo 23 de abril de 10 a.m. a 2 p.m. en el Complejo Deportivo Norwalk.

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Feria de la Ciudad de Los Ángeles el 29 de abril

La Ciudad de Los Ángeles tendrá su Feria de Aceptación del Autismo el sábado 29 de abril de 10 a.m. a 2 p.m. en el Centro Recreativo Chatsworth Park South en Chatsworth.

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DDS Emergency Preparedness Bulletin - Winter Weather Safety

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is excited to share the first Emergency Preparedness Bulletin posted on the Emergency Preparedness Consumer and Provider pages. This bulletin addresses the topic of Winter Weather Safety. Winter weather and cold temperatures can be dangerous. Winter weather may include rain, snow, hail, flooding, strong winds, and very cold temperatures. Power outages also may happen. Stay safe and healthy by planning ahead and creating an emergency plan. This bulletin provides relevant emergency preparedness information as part of DDS’ ongoing effort to alert and educate individuals and direct service providers to specific risks identified with our community.

For Vendors and Direct Service Providers:

For Self-Advocates and Families:

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Creating a State Digital Equity Plan (SDEP)

Over the next eight months, California is leveraging a federal planning grant to develop a State Digital Equity Plan (SDEP). The California Department of Technology (CDT) is heading up this effort.

When completed, the SDEP will deliver hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to the State and ensure Californians have affordable, high-speed internet access, as well as the skills and tools needed to participate in the digital economy.

Since the digital divide looks different for everyone, CDT needs to hear from people throughout the State to collectively identify how digital equity barriers can be removed. 

Are you interested in learning more about the SDEP or participating in the plan development process? Click here


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DDS and CDA Awarded Grant to Help Connect CA’s Disabled Community and Aging Services

California’s Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and Department of Aging (CDA) have been jointly selected as a grantee to help lead a national effort to better connect the state’s intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) and aging services.

The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities chose California as one of five new participant states in a national “Community of Practice” that brings together expertise from a wide range of disciplines to improve aging services for individuals with I/DD and their families.

DDS and CDA’s partnership as a State Alliance Team is enhanced by the participation of California’s State Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Rehabilitation and a variety of community-based organizations that advocate for and improve the lives of Californians with I/DD and the aging population.

The State Alliance Team expands our collective reach to serve more of California’s diverse aging population, and especially those with I/DD and family caregivers, in a way that is respectful of the variety of cultural and linguistic needs within California communities.


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Public Charge Update

On December 23, 2022, a new public charge rule went into effect. This rule says that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will NOT consider health, food, and housing services as part of the public charge determination. This means many government-funded benefits and services are safe to use.


The CalHHS Public Charge Guide provides current information regarding federal changes to “public charge” determinations and the use of public benefits. The guide is available in 21 languages here.

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Winter Storm Assistance / Asistencia para Tormentas de Invierno

California is continuing support to communities and maximizing state and federal aid to those who have been adversely impacted by the winter storms. Read more here including where to go for help or how to register for assistance.

California está comprometido a seguir apoyando y maximizar la ayuda estatal y federal dirigida a las comunidades impactadas por la tormenta invernal. Obtenga más información aquí, incluso adónde acudir para obtener ayuda o cómo registrarse para recibir asistencia.


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Services During the Strike / Servicios Durante la Huelga

With the 3-day Los Angeles Unified School District strike scheduled to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, 03/21 through Thursday, 03/23, if your family needs services during this time, contact your regional center service coordinator. They can be reached directly at the info they provided to you or by contacting 213.383.1300 or

We encourage you to follow LAUSD on their social media for the latest news about the strike and for resources, including a family and resource student guide, grab-and-go meal locations and more.


Con la huelga de 3 días del LAUSD programada para comenzar mañana, martes 03/21 hasta el jueves 03/23, si su familia necesita servicios durante este tiempo, comuníquese con su coordinador de servicios del centro regional. Puede contactarlos directamente en la información que le proporcionaron o comunicándose con 213.383.1300 o

Lo alentamos a que siga a LAUSD en sus redes sociales para conocer las últimas noticias sobre la huelga y para recursos, incluida una guía para familias y estudiantes de recursos, ubicaciones de comidas para llevar y más.

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CA START Services Now Available Through Lanterman

In response to the unique needs of individuals with both a developmental disability and a mental health need that at times cannot be sufficiently met by our community, Lanterman Regional Center is pleased to announce the availability of START services.

What is START?
The Systemic, Therapeutic, Assessment, Resources and Treatment (START) Model provides mental health crisis support and prevention to people with developmental disabilities and mental/behavioral health needs. Services include crisis planning, crisis response, education, team collaboration, consultation, care management, and therapeutic coaching. All services are person-centered and assess the individual based on their environment and individual need. The START program aims to build capacity through relationships, support families and organizations, and assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life.

Who is Eligible for CA START?
CA START services are available for people ages 6 and over who have a documented developmental disability or co-occurring mental/behavioral health need and are receiving regional center services.

How to make a referral?
Please speak to your regional center service coordinator for more information about how to be referred to CA START.


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