Monthly Archives: May 2017

A Self-Determined Life: Davis’s Story

A Self-Determined Life: Davis’s Story by Rick and Cheryl Wood, parents Mammoth Lakes, CA Our son Davis has a very rare chromosomal condition. He’s non-verbal, and has a lot of needs. Before Self-Determination, regional center supported us with diapers for our son. We had to get them from the vendored agency and they were of poor quality.  We had…
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We Want to Be in Control of Our Lives: Christine’s Story

We Want to Be in Control of Our Lives: Christine’s Story Autistic Self-Advocate Los Angeles, CA Sadly, as a person with a developmental disability becomes an adult and special education ends, the lack of quality providers and services becomes more evident.  This is a true depiction of my experience when I entered adult services seven years…
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Flying High: Tim’s Story

Flying High: Tim’s Story A Self-Advocate, Orange County, CA I have Cerebral Palsy and I type with my toes.   I have always been good at self-advocacy. I graduated from college, work, and have been living on my own with supported living for almost 15 years and I’m officially in my fourth decade, plus two years.…
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Sounding Too Familiar: A Long History of Lack of Oversight

Sounding Too Familiar: A Long History of Lack of Oversight Excerpts from a speech by Assemblyman Frank Lanterman before the State Council on Developmental Disabilities February 21, 1979 Note: Frank Lanterman was a Republican member of the California State Assembly who was the chief author of the law that created the developmental disabilities system and…
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