Our Voices

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 consumers of Westside Regional Center Continue Reading

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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 ago.  When my mom and Continue Reading

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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.  I’m 42 for those who Continue Reading

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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 the regional centers in order Continue Reading

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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 through respite services at John’s Continue Reading

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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. From the very beginning, instead Continue Reading

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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 life, despite his intense needs Continue Reading

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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, the systems that are designed Continue Reading

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  • Steak is Coming: Joaquin’s Story

    Steak is Coming: Joaquin’s Story In his early life, my brother, Joaquin Carson, attended a segregated public school and then a completely separate non-public school for autistic children. After being expelled from both schools and introduced to psychotropic medications, Joaquin spent a large portion of his adult life in an institution – over 15 years – with an eight-year stint Continue Reading

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