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Regularly Offered Training Opportunities

The following are training opportunities that focus on developmental disabilities and related topics and are conducted or sponsored by Lanterman Regional Center for family members in the Lanterman community.


Conservatorship and Estate Planning

This training with an attorney helps families plan for the future, and covers the following topics:

  • The definition and types of conservatorship.
  • The right to consent or withhold consent to medical treatment.
  • The right to enter into contracts.
  • The right to make decisions concerning education.
  • What is a special needs trust and how it benefits you and your son/daughter with a developmental disability?
  • What is a will with special needs trust?
  • Will the special needs trust have an impact on SSI, Medi-Cal or IHSS?

IEP, Inclusion and Transition to Adulthood

This presentation for families with young adults will cover the following topics:

  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Vocational and Employment Options
  • Transition to Adulthood Planning

New Family Orientation

This orientation session provides basic necessary information and knowledge about the Regional Center system, what services are available and how to obtain information and resources.


Orientación para Nuevas Familias

Esta sesión de orientación ofrece información necesaria básica y el conocimiento acerca del sistema de Centros Regionales, que servicios están disponibles, y donde puede obtener información y recursos.


Special Education, Inclusion and Transition to Adulthood

Presented by Rebecca Diddams and Marjan Kermani, from the Lanterman Educational Law Clinic, this presentation for parents who have school-age children and young adults; will cover the following topics:

  • What’s special education and how to maximize the IEP of your children?
  • How to request advocacy support and when to sign the IEP.
  • Strategies to include your children at school and in the community.
  • Special section for parents whose children are 18 years old focusing on transition to adulthood and what programs are available once they graduate from high school.

Special Education, Inclusion and Transition to Preschool

This presentation available in English and Spanish is for families with school-age children and will cover the following topics:

  • What is special education and how to get the most out of a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • How to ask for a new assessment and when and when not to sign the IEP
  • Strategies to include a child at school and in the community
  • Special section for parents with children 2 to 3 years of age that focuses on what happens when a child transitions to preschool

Additional Training

In addition to the regularly offered training listed above, Lanterman offers a variety of other training and workshops throughout the year that function as valuable tools in assisting families with the many transitions that will occur in the life of their child with a developmental disability.