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On October 11, the Southern District of New York court issued a national injunction in New York v. Department of Homeland Security. This action means that the public charge rule is on hold nationally, and will not go into effect. This is not a final outcome, but for the foreseeable future, the public charge rule will not be used.

Judges in Washington state and California also issued issued similar rulings in other cases today. Multiple advocacy groups and states have sued the federal governmental to try to stop this proposal.


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Public Charge Rule Info, Resources - Key Information You Need to Know

The federal government is scheduled to make changes to the “public charge test" on October 15. It is used by immigration officials to decide if someone can come to the U.S. as an immigrant, or if they can get a green card (lawful permanent resident or “LPR” status). In this test, officials look at all of a person’s circumstances, including income, employment, health, education or skills, family situation and whether a sponsor signed a contract (“affidavit of support”) promising to support the person.

The changes mean officials will also see if an immigrant uses Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT or Food Stamps”), Federal Public Housing and Section 8 assistance, cash assistance (like SSI, TANF, and General Assistance), and Medicaid.

Read the entire newsletter from ARCA that has links to a simple flow chart, directory of resources as well as a number of useful fact sheets:


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Lanterman Client Justice Killebrew Authors One of the Autobiographies in “Leaders Around Me”

Lanterman client Justice Killebrew authored one of the autobiographies in "Leaders Around Me: Autobiographies of Autistics who Type, Point, and Spell to Communicate." Released October 1, the book is a compilation of over 45 autobiographies of extraordinary individuals who use keyboards, letter boards and communication devices. The authors demonstrate that people who experience communication differences have the potential to achieve major accomplishments under accessible, inclusive and supportive circumstances.

The book was edited by Edlyn Vallejo Peña who is an associate professor of higher education leadership and the director of the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University. Each autobiographical narrative is 2-3 pages and ends with reflection questions to encourage reader engagement and reflection. All autistic individuals deserve autistic leaders around them for support and mentoring.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon

And the book will be available in the Koch-Young Resource Center Library as well.

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‘Tis the Season…for Making Ornaments for the State Capitol Tree

For more than two decades, ornaments created by persons with developmental disabilities have adorned the State Capitol Tree, and the Department of Developmental Services has put out the request for ornaments for 2019's tree.

Their goal is to again contribute hundreds of ornaments to this year's tree. To be included on the tree, DDS must receive all ornaments by Friday, November 8, 2019.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place the first week of December. This year, as in previous years, a child with a developmental disability will participate in the ceremony. The child will place one of the ornaments onto the tree during the ceremony with Governor Gavin Newsome and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.


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Community Input and Support Needed on Alternative Staffing Model by October 1

Lanterman Regional Center is requesting to continue its Alternative Staffing Model as described in the Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4640.6 (c). Any proposed changes to staffing must benefit clients and families served, and demonstrate clear and convincing support by the community served and impacted – such as clients, families, service providers, advocates and staff. In addition to service coordinators, our model includes two Family Support Specialist positions and two Quality Assurance positions.

Without clear and demonstrated support from Lanterman clients, families, service providers and community members, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will not approve our alternative staffing request. If you value the Koch-Young Resource Center (KYRC) and the role of Quality Assurance staff, please take the time to write a short letter of support.


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Housing Fair on October 19

Mark your calendars for a Housing Fair on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Goodwill Training Center.

Topics/Speakers include:

  • CalABLE
  • Legacy Homes
  • Affordable Housing Developers
  • Housing Rights Center
  • Affordable Housing Resources

To stay up-to-date with details and announcements, contact: Shannon Rains at or


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Vista Grande Court in Glendale to Offer Lower-Income Senior Housing

Vista Grande Court in Glendale will have a total of 66 units, including 6 one-bedroom and 1 two-bedroom apartment homes designated for individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities with income restrictions of 30% of the area median income. Seniors, ages 62+, with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities, who have an active case status with a local Regional Center can qualify for the limited number of available apartments.


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Help Repeal the Disability Taxes

Do you want to help end the disability taxes?

Have you heard about SB 412, by Senator Jeff Stone? This bill will repeal two "disability taxes," - fees some people must pay to access services. The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) is proudly sponsoring this bill to end artificial barriers to services for children and families. 

Currently, regional centers are forced to underpay for respite and daycare services for children, based on family income. Families then have to make up the difference. This is called the “Family Cost Participation Program." A separate, income-based fee program called the “Annual Family Program Fee” charges parents of children receiving other services.

So far, SB 412 has had nothing but success. At every turn, legislators from both parties have united to support this push. But we're in the final stretch, and could use your help. Can you spare a few minutes to say why you support SB 412?

We have custom-built letter templates for individuals and organizations to use to share their story of why they support SB 412. Please click on the links below to get your template now.

Once you - or your organization - have finished the letter, please e-mail it to ARCA and they'll make sure it gets to Senator Stone and his colleagues in the Legislature.

E-mail with your letter or any questions today.

Do you or your organization want to support SB 412? Click whichever button below best describes you to get your letter template. Once you're done, or if you have any questions, please e-mail ARCA.


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Support Our Get Ready for School 2019 Fundraiser

07.30.19 FUNDRAISER UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who donated over the last four days, we are now over 3/4 of the way to our goal with 387 backpacks filled. We have 113 to go and 4 days left in our 2019 Back to School Fundraiser. Please consider making a donation today. Every $20 we raise will fill one backpack. Thank you for your support!

07.26.19 FUNDRAISER UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who has donated, shared and brought awareness to the 2019 Back to School Fundraiser. We are almost half-way to our goal and have raised enough to fill 237 of the 500 backpacks. We still have to fill 263 backpacks. With one week to go in the fundraiser, please consider making a donation. Every $20 we raise will fill one backpack. Thank you for your support.

Help us get the 2019 school year off to a great start for Lanterman clients between 3 to 18 years whose families are experiencing financial hardship.

Lanterman is receiving a donation of 400 backpacks from Baby2Baby and we’re contributing 200 additional backpacks. Plus we already have supplies for 100 of those backpacks. What we need from our community is your help to raise the funds to fill the remaining 500 backpacks with basic age-appropriate school supplies.

For every $20 we raise, by August 2, 2019, we’ll be able to fill one backpack with supplies, including everything from crayons, markers, glue, scissors and paper for the younger students, to pens, spiral notebooks, binders, rulers and calculators for the older students.

Service coordinators will be nominating their clients who are most in need and clients will receive their backpack and supplies on August 9 at a Back to School event being hosted by Lanterman.


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Application for Lottery for Waiting List for Very Low Income Units in Burbank Due July 22

Burbank Housing Corporation will be having a lottery to be added to their waiting list for Very Low Income Units and you do not have to live in Burbank to apply!

To apply: review and fill out the application and submit via e-mail, fax or in person by July 22, 2019. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Here’s a link to some of their communities for further reference:


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DPSS to Replace MTA Metal Bus Tokens with New Transit Access Pass (TAP) Effective July 1

Effective July 1, 2019, the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) will discontinue the issuance of the metal Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus tokens and transition customers into using a new stored-value Transit Access Pass (TAP) card that will enable simpler and safer travel throughout Los Angeles County.

DPSS currently issues MTA bus tokens to help meet the emergency transportation needs of customers participating in various assistance programs administered by the Department.

The new TAP card contains a pre-set value and one-year expiration date. The cards will be issued in three values: $3.50, $7.00 and $10.00.

Bus tokens will no longer be sold by MTA or issued by DPSS beginning June 28, 2019, but will be accepted as MTA fare until November 29, 2019.

For additional information, call the DPSS Customer Service Center Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at 866.613.3777.

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Los Angeles County Rolling Out New Voting System

El Condado de los Angeles Comienza el Desplego de un Nuevo Sistema de Votación

Starting in 2020, voting in the County of Los Angeles will be easier for all voters and far more accessible for voters with disabilities./A partir del 2020, votar en el Condado de Los Angeles será más fácil para todos los votantes y mucho más accesible para los votantes con discapacidades.

For the past 10 years the County Registrar/Recorder has engaged with the broader community to update the voting experience, bringing innovative technology and new approaches to voting. The final phase of this project is a series of community meetings throughout the county to teach voters how the new system will work and to get feedback on where voting centers should be located.

Click here for community meeting information
Durante los últimos 10 años, el Registrador del Condado se ha comunicado con la comunidad para actualizar la experiencia de votación, trayendo tecnología innovadora y nuevos enfoques para votar. La fase final de este proyecto es una serie de reuniones comunitarias en todo el condado para enseñar a los votantes cómo funcionará el nuevo sistema y para obtener opiniones sobre dónde deben estar ubicados los centros de votación.

Haga clic aquí para obtener información sobre las reuniones comunitarias

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2019/20 Community Resource Development Plan Community Input Summary

The Department of Developmental Services requires regional centers to collect community input regarding services that are needed by people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Following is a summary of the input received by Lanterman Regional Center. This information will be used for the FY 2019/20 request for Community Placement Plan funds.

Input for the 2019/20 Community Resource Development Plan (CRDP) was collected at seven community meetings: Client Advisory Committee, Service Provider Advisory Committee, Programs and Services Committee, Early Intervention Family Support Group, Korean Family Support Group, and two Spanish-speaking family support groups. A total of 132 people provided input.

The following comments were made:
(Note – number in ( ) indicates how many said this)

  • Need recreation/art/music programs (74)
  • Need after school programs (66)
  • Need social skills training (59)
  • Need behavior management training (55) – note: 45 want it in Spanish
  • Need affordable housing (28)
  • Need supportive housing for people with health issues (15)
  • Want a program with meaningful activities (i.e. work skills) for young adults (7)
  • Want adult programs in Spanish (4)
  • Want pool therapy (3)
  • Need a job (2)
  • Need a social group (1)
  • Need computer training (1)
  • Need behavior assessments for adults (1)
  • Need wheelchair maintenance (1)
  • Need ILS training (1)
  • Want sensory training program (1)
  • Want a picky eater program (1)
  • Need respite (1)
  • Want floortime (1)
  • Want a nutrition class (1)
  • Want a program on the weekend (1)
  • Want peer social opportunities for young adults (1)
  • Want OT/PT/ST for EI child (1)
  • Want more staff at the family resource center (1)
  • Need to teach Skilled Nursing Facilities how to work with our clients (1)
  • Need cognitive therapy (1)

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CalFresh Food Benefits for Eligible SSI Recipients Begins June 1

Beginning June 1, 2019, SSI recipients may be eligible for CalFresh food benefits. This will not change or cause reduction to your SSI/SSP amounts. There are three different ways to find out if you qualify for food benefits:

  1. Visit the CalFresh Web site (available in English, Spanish and Chinese) and apply online at
  2. Call the CalFresh information line at 1.877.847.3663 (available in English, Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Korean and Russian). For speech and/or hearing assistance, call 711 Relay.
  3. Visit your local county office to apply. Interpretation services available in all languages, and reasonable accommodations are available.


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Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Guidance on ABLE Accounts Released

On April 26, 2019, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released long-awaited official guidance on the treatment of ABLE accounts in HUD-Assited Programs ( This guidance provides reassurance to prospective and current CalABLE account holders participating in low-income housing programs, as it affirms that HUD program administrators and public housing directors must disregard amounts in an individual's ABLE account when determining eligiblity and continued occupancy.

The notice applies to the public housing program; the housing choice voucher program; project-based section 8; Section 202/162 project assistance contract; Section 202 project rental assistance contract; Section 202 senior preservation rental assistance contracts; Section 811 project rental assistance contract; Section 811 project rental assistance; Section 236; and Section 221(d)(3) and Section 221(d)(5) below market interest rate.

Click here to learn more and read the guidance letter.

For more information on the CalABLE program (, contact them at 916.653.1728 or


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March 20 ~ DDS Rate Study Meeting in Los Angeles/DDS Reunión de Estudio de Tarifas en Los Ángeles

Do you or a family member receive Regional Center services? Your opinion is important.  

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has been working with a contractor to complete a rate study about service provider rates. More information about the rate study can be found here.

As part of this, DDS is hosting seven meetings throughout the State this week for individuals who have a developmental disability and use regional center services, and for their families. The series of local meetings for regional center clients and families are meant to provide a vehicle and opportunity for people to make comments. The public has until Friday, April 5, 2019 to submit any comments regarding the rate study and related documents and issues.

The Los Angeles meeting is this Wednesday, March 20, 2019, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in English only and from 7 to 9 p.m. in English with Spanish interpretation available at South Central Los Angeles Regional Center, 2500 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90018.

Space is limited for this meeting, so please register online as soon as possible at
During this meeting, you will:

  • Hear information about the rate study, including how and why it was done.
  • See highlights about the rate models and the rate study and where to find more information.
  • Be able to give feedback and ask questions about the rate models.

For questions about the meetings, contact Jami at or call 503.924.3783, x.10 for help signing up.

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¿Usted o un miembro de su familia recibe servicios del Centro Regional? Sus opiniones son importantes.

El Departamento de Servicios del Desarrollo (DDS) está trabajando con un contratista en un estudio de precios sobre las tarifas de nuestros proveedores de servicios. Puede encontrar más información sobre el estudio sobre las tarifas aquí.

Como parte de esto, DDS organiza siete reuniones en todo el Estado esta semana para personas que tienen una discapacidad del desarrollo y utilizan los servicios del centro regional, y para sus familias. La serie de reuniones locales para los clientes y las familias del centro regional están destinadas a proporcionar un vehículo y una oportunidad para que las personas hagan comentarios. El público tiene hasta el viernes 5 de abril de 2019 para enviar sus comentarios sobre el estudio de tarifas y los documentos y problemas relacionados.

La reunión en Los Ángeles es este miércoles, 20 de marzo de 2019, de 4:30 a 6:30 p.m. solo en inglés, y de 7 a 9 p.m. en inglés con interpretación en español disponible en South Central Los Angeles Regional Center, 2500 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90018.

El espacio para esta reunión es limitado, así que regístrese en línea lo antes posible en

Durante esta reunión:

  • Conocerá información sobre el estudio de tarifas, incluyendo cómo y por qué se lo realizó.
  • Ver los puntos destacados sobre los modelos de tarifas y el estudio de tarifas, además de indicarles dónde encontrar más información.
  • Tendrá la oportunidad de hacer comentarios y preguntas.

Si tiene preguntas sobre los reuniones, contacte a Jami por correo electrónico a o llame al 503.924.3783, x. 10, para recibir ayuda para inscribirse.

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People With Disabilities may be Entitled to a Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks

If you or your child has a permanent disability you may be entitled to a free, lifetime pass to visit the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. Qualifying disabilities include physical, mental or sensory impairments.

The pass can be used at over 2000 federal recreation sites across the nation. Those include National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, National Forests, and other federal recreation lands. It also extends that same privilege to everyone in the vehicle with the pass holder. So, if one person in your family qualifies, you can all visit a park for free with that person’s pass.

In order to get a pass you’ll need:

  • A statement signed by a licensed physician attesting that you have a permanent physical, mental or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, and stating the nature of the impairment; OR
  • A document issued by a Federal agency, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration, which attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits as a result of blindness or permanent disability. Other acceptable federal agency documents include proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI); OR
  • A document issued by a state agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency, which attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation agency benefits or services as a result of medically determined blindness or permanent disability. Showing a state motor vehicle department disability sticker, license plate or hang tag is not acceptable documentation.

You’ll need to fill out this application, and then either mail it in with a $10 processing fee or go to a federal recreation site in person with proof of disability and residency. The Access Passes can also be purchased online through, which is the organization’s preferred way to receive applications.

Once your application is processed, you’ll receive a physical card that can be used for park admission.


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March 24 ~ Abilities Night at Aquarium of the Pacific

The Aquarium of the Pacific presents free Abilities Night for people with disabilities and their families. With the exception of Lorikeet Forest, all animal exhibits will be open. On Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m. at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Capacity is limited. Advanced reservations are required.

You can make reservations online for up to 6 guests at For groups of seven or more, call 562.590.3100, x. 0.


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METRO@WESTERN Accepting Applications for 16 Affordable Housing Units

Pre-applications for a new housing opportunity in Los Angeles located at 3671 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, are available now through March 18, 2019.

The Metro@Western has 16 units - (8) two-bedroom and (8) three-bedroom units available in a brand new building.

If someone is interested and has a Section 8/housing voucher, there is no minimum income requirement.

Complete, sign and submit the pre-application as soon as possible. Application must be received by USPS First Class mail at the address below before March 18, 2019:

c/o The John Stewart Company
888 South Figueroa Street, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

All applications must be received by March 18, 2019. Applications received after this date will not be accepted. Applications received by the deadline will be entered into a random drawing (Lottery).

Incomplete pre-applications may be rejected.

Please submit your pre-application and grounds for denial by USPS First-class mail. They will not accept pre-applications that are over-nighted, faxed or sent certified mail.

Please take your time in accurately completing the pre-application and submit it as soon as possible.

Each household may only submit one pre-application and grounds for denial. Duplicate household pre-applications will not be considered.


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