Category Archives: Systems That Are Accountable

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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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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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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