All individuals shall be treated with dignity and respect.
All individuals are unique and deserve recognition for their abilities and strengths.
All individuals have needs, aspirations, desires, dreams, hopes and feelings, and shall be encouraged and supported to achieve independent, productive lives in their home communities, recognizing the interdependence of all people.
All individuals have a spiritual dimension whose growth shall be encouraged, respecting individual, family and cultural traditions, and values.
Individuals with developmental disabilities have the same rights, privileges, opportunities and responsibilities as other members of the community, and shall be encouraged and supported to exercise them.
Families are the primary source of care, nurturing and support for children and adults with developmental disabilities. These relationships shall be respected, supported and promoted throughout the individual’s life by building partnerships among individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, the regional center and the community. Partnerships that are based on mutual respect, recognizing and valuing the roles, strengths, capabilities, experiences and contributions of all.
Partnerships shall be promoted and supported among individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, service providers and the community, for the design, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of services to achieve quality outcomes.
Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families shall have a leadership role in making decisions in all areas of their lives, including residence, education, employment, health, recreation and relationships. The role of the professional is to provide information, expert advice, resources and direct assistance, enabling individuals with developmental disabilities and their families to make informed decisions about plans, services and supports in order to accomplish their desired outcomes.
Services and supports shall be individualized and flexible over time, be built on strengths and needs, and respect the choices and preferences of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. These services and supports shall be provided in a culturally appropriate, accountable, accessible and cost-effective manner, in natural environments with natural relationships.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) part of a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment. We've compiled flyers for various employment resources. This compilation is by no means comprehensive. We'll add opportunities and resources as we become informed of them.
Please note that Lanterman does not endorse any specific opportunity, program, resource, etc., we are providing this for informational purposes only.
As part of the Department of Developmental Services' (DDS) commitment to provide information to the general public, individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, and professionals in the field, DDS produces the Fact Book on an annual basis. The Fact Book presents pertinent data over a 10-year period about the individuals served by DDS, including an overview of the service delivery system and trends in California. The Fact Book contains valuable information that is helpful in better understanding California’s developmental services system and the people served.
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) monitors the actions and efforts of regional centers to ensure they meet statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations, and uphold the values of the Lanterman Act, the legislation guiding the developmental services system in California.
For more information on DDS' monitoring activities, visit the Regional Center Oversight Dashboard on the DDS Web site and click on the oversight functions. Oversight functions include:
Purchase of Service Report
National Core Indicators
Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Compliance
2016 Disparity Data on Purchased Services Report Now Online
California law and regulation requires that regional centers display on their Web sites information about the dollar value of services they purchase for clients. These data (called "purchase of service" or "POS" data) must be reported separately by clients' ethnic/racial group, langauge and diagnosis.
50th Anniversary Edition of the History of the Regional Centers in California
Strengthening the Commitment... Reinvesting in the System: A Journey of Community Partnership
The history chronicles more than five decades of the regional centers' journey - of learning from experience, gaining new knowledge, taking steps forward, and constantly facing new challenges. Print copies are available at the Koch-Young Resource Center but you can also download a PDF from the link below.