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Learning and Playing Together

Join us for a fun time, as we talk about the many benefits of play on Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 3 to 5 p.m. via Zoom.

Presented by Glenda Linares, certified parent educator, explore what makes it hard or gets in the way of playing. Come prepared to learn and share some new simple activities we can try this summer.

Limited capacity, RSVP to reserve your spot. Register with Paola Coronado at 213.252.8348 or


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Aprendiendo y Jugando Juntos

Acompáñenos para pasar un tiempo divertido, hablando sobre los beneficios del juego en martes, 14 de julio de 2020 de 10 a.m. a 12 p.m. a través de Zoom.

Presentado por Glenda Linares, educadora de padres, exploraremos los obstáculos del juego y vengan preparados para aprender y compartir actividades nuevas con sus niños este verano.

Capacidad limitada, confirme su asistencia para reservar su lugar. Registrese con Paola Coronado al 213.252.8348 o


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Conservatorship and Estate Planning Workshop Now Available to Watch Online

With the uncertainty that the events of the last several months have introduced, one thing is certain, it's very important to ensure we have a plan in place for our loved ones, especially our loved ones with special needs. So to that end, we've recorded our conservatorship and estate planning workshop with Attorney Cindy Waterson over three sessions and are making these available to you:

  • The first video in the series covers estate planning. Watch now
  • The second video in the series covers conservatorship. Watch now
  • The third video in the series covers special needs trusts. Watch now

All three episodes are available on our Web site:

We also have a booklet that covers conservatorship and estate planning available in English and Spanish:


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Virtual Summer Camps 2020

Well, pandemic or not, summer is here, and that means we're all looking for opportunities to keep the kids busy while school is out. This summer things look decidedly different, but thankfully many organizations have adapted their regular summer offerings, so without further ado, here is a list of virtual summer camp opportunities that we put together.


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Housing Rights Workshop

Lanterman Regional Center and the Housing Rights Center present a Housing Rights Workshop on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 starting at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom.

Do you have questions about:

  • COVID-19?
  • Housing protections?
  • Reasonable accommodations/modifications?

Registration is required (Zoom link will be sent upon registration). Contact Joe Perales at 213.252.4986 or


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El Programa de WIC Aun Continua Servicios Durante COVID-19

El Centro Regional Lanterman, en colaboración con PHFE Programa de WIC, les invita a participar en un taller sobre como obtener beneficios de WIC en jueves, 23 de julio de 2020, 3:30 p.m. a 5:30 p.m., a través del Zoom. Aprender sobre:

  • ¿Qué es WIC?
  • ¿Quien puede recibir WIC?
  • ¿Cuáles servicios y apoyos ofrece el programa del WIC durante la pandemia?
  • ¿Como puede solicitar servicios de WIC?
  • ¿Es WIC seguro de usar o afecta el esta-tus migratorio?

Espacio es limitado, se requiere registración. Contacte a Joe Perales al 213.252.4986 o


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El Centro Regional Lanterman, en colaboración con BetZedek, les invita a participar en un taller de la Conservatoría en miércoles, 15 de julio de 2020, 11:30 a.m. a 1:30 p.m., a través del Zoom. Aprender sobre:

  • ¿Qué es la Conservatoría?
  • ¿Cuáles son los diferentes tipos de Conservatoría?
  • ¿A que edad puede pedir la Conservatoría por su hijo/a?
  • ¿Qué es la Tutela?
  • ¿Cuales son los 7 poderes?

Espacio es limitado, se requiere registración. Contacte a Joe Perales al 213.252.4986 o


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Letter from Lanterman Board President and Executive Director

Carta de la Presidenta de la Junta y Directora Ejecutiva de Lanterman

Please take a minute to read the letter from Lanterman's Board President Dina Richman and Executive Director Melinda Sullivan about racism, the Black Lives Matter movement and Lanterman's commitment. / Tómese un minuto para leer la carta de la presidenta de la junta directiva de Lanterman Dina Richman, y la directora ejecutiva Melinda Sullivan sobre el racismo, el movimiento Black Lives Matter y el compromiso de Lanterman.

June 15, 2020
Dear Lanterman Community,
Lanterman Regional Center’s vision statement is, “A world where every person is respected and embraced.” We strive to create a better world and eliminate discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, national origin, language, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation. We at Lanterman Regional Center are outraged and heartbroken to see the racism which still exists in our country, most recently demonstrated by the unjustified killings that have occurred.

We want you to know that we stand together with our community: our clients and their families and our service providers, but also the greater community at large. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, and all efforts to end racism and discrimination. Our Lanterman Community is interconnected with the community as a whole, and we are all in this fight together.

Lanterman Regional Center, its Board of Directors, and its staff, remain committed to working on ways in which we – as a Center, as individuals, and as allies – can make a positive impact on our Lanterman Community as well as the community at large. There is a better way and we believe that, as a society, we can find it.
Dina Richman
President, Board of Directors

Melinda Sullivan
Executive Director

Download a PDF copy of the letter in English


15 de junio de 2020

Estimada Comunidad de Lanterman,

La declaración de visión del Centro Regional Lanterman es: "Un mundo donde cada persona es respetada y abrazada." Nos esforzamos por crear un mundo mejor y eliminar la discriminación basada en el origen étnico, la raza, la religión, el origen nacional, el idioma, la discapacidad, el género, la identidad de género o la orientación sexual. En el Centro Regional de Lanterman estamos indignados y desconsolados al ver el racismo que todavía existe en nuestro país, más recientemente demostrado por los asesinatos injustificados que han ocurrido.

Queremos que sepa que estamos unidos con nuestra comunidad: nuestros clientes y sus familias y nuestros proveedores de servicios, pero también con la comunidad en general. Apoyamos el movimiento Black Lives Matter, y todos los esfuerzos para acabar con el racismo y la discriminación. Nuestra Comunidad Lanterman está interconectada con la comunidad en su conjunto, y todos estamos en esta lucha juntos.

El Centro Regional de Lanterman, su Junta Directiva, y su personal, siguen comprometidos a trabajar en formas en que nosotros – como Centro, como individuos, y como aliados – podamos tener un impacto positivo en nuestra Comunidad de Lanterman y en la comunidad en general. Hay una mejor manera y creemos que, como sociedad, podemos encontrarla.
Dina Richman
Presidenta, Junta Directiva

Melinda Sullivan
Directora Ejecutiva

Descargue una copia en PDF de la carta en Español

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Do You Have a Disability and Want Affordable, High-Quality Internet?

You may qualify for home internet for as little as $10 to $20 a month. Call 844.841.INFO (4636) toll-free or visit to learn more about home internet. If you qualify, some offers even include a free Chromebook laptop, while supplies last. Home internet helps you succeed with savings, education, work and disability services.


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Service Coordination Advocacy Training

Learn how to navigate the special needs system via four sessions being held virtually via Zoom on Tuesdays, from June 30 to July 21, 2020, from 2-4 p.m.

Session 1 | June 30, 2020 | The Lanterman Act and Regional Center Funding
Session 2 | July 7, 2020 | Lanterman Values in Action and Advocacy
Session 3 | July 14, 2020 | Developing a Partnership with Regional Center
Session 4 | July 21, 2020 | Telling Your Story and KYRC

Registration is required. Contact Joe Perales at or 213.252.4986.

Zoom meeting ID and Password will be sent upon registration


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Dollars Matter! Complete the Census - #DisabilityCounts2020

Want to ensure your community gets its share of over $600 billion in federal funding? All people with disabilities must be counted in the 2020 Census. Help is available!

Individual household Info:

Group Home and Facility Administrators:

Did you know that you have the important task of making sure everyone in your home is counted for the census? The Census Bureau helps group quarters administrators to respond to the census on behalf of residents.

Group Quarters Info:

Videos in:

E-mail to get more help

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COVID-19 Assistance for Undocumented Immigrant Adults

COVID-19 Asistencia para Inmigrantes Indocumentados que son Adultos

Beginning May 18: California is providing one-time disaster relief assistance to undocumented adult immigrants impacted by COVID-19. An undocumented adult who qualifies can receive $500 in direct assistance, with a maximum of $1000 in assistance per household. Applications open Monday, May 18, those eligible to apply for this assistance, who live in LA County, can call either CARECEN at 213.315.2659 or CHIRLA at 213.201.8700.

To apply individuals must provide information that they (1) are an undocumented adult (person over the age of 18); (2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance, like the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, (3) have experienced a hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Empezando 18 de Mayo: California está proporcionando asistencia de ayuda por desastre por única vez a inmigrantes adultos indocumentados afectados por COVID-19. Un adulto indocumentado que califica puede recibir $500 en asistencia directa, con un máximo de $1000 en asistencia por hogar. Las solicitudes se abren el lunes, 18 de mayo, si es elegible para solicitar esta asistencia y vive en el condado de Los Ángeles, llame a CARECEN al 213.315.2659 o CHIRLA al 213.201.8700.

Para presentar una solicitud, debe poder proporcionar información de que usted (1) es un adulto indocumentado (persona mayor de 18 años); (2) no son elegibles para asistencia federal relacionada con COVID-19, como los pagos de estímulo fiscal de la Ley CARES o los beneficios de desempleo pandémico; y (3) han experimentado dificultades como resultado de COVID-19.


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AbilityFirst Supports Clients Working on Front Lines

Excerpted from the Pasadena Outlook (Thursday, April 23, 2020 edition)

In recent weeks, grocery store employees have been working harder than ever to accommodate the increased demand triggered by “Safer at Home” policies to slow the spread of coronavirus.

One such employee, Rafael Vera, is a client with AbilityFirst who began his new job at Smart & Final the week the pandemic broke in California and local officials announced measures to encourage residents to stay at home.

Vera, 30, said he is proud to be working on the front lines as a sales clerk and happy to be helping the public during this trying time.

“We’re super busy, it’s hard to determine when exactly it will get very, very busy, but it’s always hectic on the weekends,” said Vera, who’s grown accustomed to wearing a mask and a double layer of gloves to work at the front-end of the store, restocking items and and cleaning carts and door handles.


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Lanterman COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey/Lanterman COVID-19 Encuesta de Evaluación de Necesidades

We would like to gather information from our clients and families to learn how you are doing, and whether you have access to necessary services and support. We also want to make sure that you know you can contact us for information, resources and support. Please help us to better help you by responding to this brief survey.

Take the survey in English

Nos gustaría recopilar información de nuestros clientes y familias para saber cómo le está yendo y si tiene acceso a los servicios y la asistencia necesarios. También queremos asegurarnos de que sepa que puede contactarnos para obtener información, recursos y apoyo. Ayúdenos a ayudarlo mejor respondiendo a esta breve encuesta.

Tomar la encuesta en español


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Donate to Help Lanterman Families Experiencing Food Insecurity Due to COVID-19

Dear Lanterman Community,

Every year during the holidays we raise money for the Help Fund, which we then use throughout the coming year to assist clients and families with basic needs that cannot be met through other resources.

As you can imagine, the last several weeks have seen an unprecedented request for help from many of our families who have experienced layoffs and furloughs with the most basic of needs – groceries.

Only several weeks into this crisis, we have accessed much of the funds available in the Help Fund, way more than we expected, and we only anticipate it will become greater as the shutdown continues.

We are sharing food pantry information, and other community food resources with families, but are finding that most of these resources are beyond their capacity and not able to meet the greatly increased demand. As our service coordinators are checking in with families, this is the one need that our most vulnerable families ask for help with – food. Whenever possible, families are being provided with a local grocery store gift card, however, in cases where the family is not able to leave their home, staff from the Koch-Young Resource Center have facilitated home delivery of food.

All of us have been affected in numerous ways by the pandemic, albeit some even more than others, but we’re humbly asking for those among the Lanterman community that are able to, to contribute whatever amount they can to the Help Fund. So when families ask for help, we will have the funds to say YES.

The Lanterman community has always come together to take care of its own and my hope is that once again we will be able to collectively weather this storm.

I hope that you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe and remembering that brighter days are ahead.

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Melinda Sullivan
Executive Director


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Housing Rights Center COVID-19 Housing Updates and Resources

The Housing Rights Center has put together 65 pages of all things housing, from online trainings and presentations, to COVID-19 housing resources and updates, Section 8 contacts, affordable housing developers and listings, senior and veteran housing listings and LAHSA services.


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Sharing the 03.27.20 Thank You Message from the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)

Today's Friday. Those who have the fortune to work remotely in a traditional workweek are winding down. But for the people our system serves, the direct support professionals who are critical parts of their lives, and their families, their tireless work continues.

The current crisis is challenging all of us in different ways. We want to take a moment to say, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Thank you, to every DSP who is helping ensure the person they support can have as normal of a day as possible.

Thank you, to every service coordinator working to connect their clients and families to new or alternative services to meet their needs.

Thank you, to every family member who is doing their best to provide a stable and caring environment for their loved one.

These are exceptional times. It is only because of exceptional people like you that, for over 350,000 Californians with developmental disabilities, we got through yesterday, are managing the challenges of today, and will rise to meet what tomorrow brings.

We are in this together, but nobody is in it as much as you.

Thank you.

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SCDD Tips for Creating Community During COVID-19

During difficult times, we rely on our community. The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) has been making resources related to COVID-19 so that you can more easily stay close to your community while staying safe and healthy. We have listed some of those resources here, and remember to visit the SCDD Web site for the additional resources.

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Calls from Unknown Numbers/Llamadas de Números Desconocidos

As we shared before, clients, families and service providers can still reach their service coordinator, someone in community services or even accounting via their direct phone number and e-mail. If possible, please allow them 48 hours to return your phone call or e-mail. Know that Lanterman staff are working diligently to respond to incoming inquiries as quickly as possible.
In the event whomever you contacted is unavailable, or you do not know who your service coordinator is or how to contact them, the Center’s 24-hour emergency phone line is operational and reachable at 213.383.1300. You can also reach us at our general e-mail

What this means is that when they call you back, you may receive phone calls from an unknown or unidentified number from your service coordinator, a Community Services staff member, or our fiscal staff. We understand that some individuals may feel more comfortable knowing who is calling them so we wanted to take a moment to provide this update. In any event, they will leave a voicemail or e-mail you so you can respond. Also, if you have a preferred way of communicating, let them know.

Como compartimos antes, los clientes, las familias y los proveedores de servicios aún pueden comunicarse con su coordinador de servicios, alguien en servicios comunitarios o incluso el departamento de contabilidad a través de su número de teléfono directo y correo electrónico. Si es posible, deles 48 horas para que le devuelvan su llamada telefónica o correo electrónico. Sepa que el personal de Lanterman está trabajando diligentemente para responder a las consultas entrantes lo más rápido posible.

En caso de que la persona con la que se comunicó no esté disponible, o no sepa quién es su coordinador de servicios o cómo comunicarse con ellos, la línea telefónica de emergencia de 24 horas del Centro está operativa y accesible al 213.383.1300. También puede comunicarse con nosotros en nuestro correo electrónico general

Lo que esto significa es que cuando le devuelvan la llamada, puede recibir llamadas telefónicas de un número desconocido o no identificado de su coordinador de servicios, un miembro del personal de Servicios Comunitarios o nuestro personal fiscal. Entendemos que algunas personas pueden sentirse más cómodas al saber quién las llama, por lo que queríamos tomarnos un momento para proporcionar esta actualización. En cualquier caso, le dejarán un correo de voz o un correo electrónico para que pueda responder. Además, si tiene una forma preferida de comunicarse, infórmeles.

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Lanterman Providers Approved for Teletherapy

We have compiled two lists of service providers (those providing Early Intervention services on one and providers serving other ages in the second) who have been approved to provide services in some type of alternative model or location in response to the COVID-19, in most if not all cases through teletherapy.


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