Category Archives: Our Voices

A Right to Respect: The Story of the Consumer Advisory Commitee

A Right to Respect: The Story of the Consumer Advisory Commitee The Consumer Advisory Committee of Westside Regional Center works with the regional center to promote the rights held in the Lanterman Act and to empower, build awareness, support and teach others to be leaders and active members in their home community. In 2015, the…
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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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