Category Archives: Our Voices

Pay for Lawyers, But Not Services? John’s Story

Pay for Lawyers, But Not Services? John's Story *The name of the individual has been changed to protect their identity John was a teenager with autism who had some significant behavioral challenges.  He couldn’t be left alone and needed to be with a caregiver who understood his needs.  Part of his caregiver’s salary was funded…
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Excerpts from Testimony of Abner Antunez

Excerpts from Testimony of Abner Antunez My 9-year old son, Abner, Jr, was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 ½ and became a client of South Central Los Angeles Regional Center. We were told at the time that the regional center was the “light.” We blindly believed that they would have the answers.…
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Ayuda: Jared’s Story

Ayuda: Jared’s Story Jared was born with a rare disorder called Dandy-Walker syndrome, which affects his brain and causes intellectual disabilities, severe autism, partial blindness, hearing loss, and motor difficulties.  He can only make a few sounds that few understand.  Jared is now 16 and has received very little from the regional center over his…
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A Family in Crisis: Danny’s Story

A Family in Crisis: Danny's Story My son, Danny, is 21 years old and has autism and mental health disabilities. Throughout his life, Danny has faced tremendous adversity – more than most children without a profound disability. He has faced significant crises related to family tragedies and his mental health and severe behavioral challenges. Sadly,…
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