Who We Are

Who Is Disability Voices United?

A powerful advocacy network of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members throughout California who have united to take back the systems they created a half-century ago. We have diverse board and committee members and Ambassadors in every part of the state and at every regional center.

Our Mission Statement

Disability Voices United is a statewide organization directed by and for individuals with developmental disabilities of all ages and their families.

We advocate for:

  • Choice and control over our lives.
  • Meaningful outcomes that matter to us.
  • Systems that are equitable and accountable to us.

Board of Directors

Judy Mark
President / CEO
Fernando Gomez
Vice President
Diana Pastora Carson
Rick Wood
Treasurer / CFO
Stephen Hinkle
Tim Jin
Connie Lapin
Alison Morantz
Nina Spiegelman
Eden Rapp poses smiling in front of a blank wall. She's holding a spoon.
Eden Rapp
Leroy F. Moore Jr poses outside a stadium. Text on the image reads "This is what disability looks like."
Leroy F. Moore Jr.
Ann Bui
Carolyn Tellalian
Kelly Kulzer-Reyes

Disability Voices United Ambassadors

Disability Voices United is fueled by a network of representatives called Ambassadors comprised of clients and family members at each of the 21 Regional Centers throughout California. The Ambassadors serve as our "eyes, ears and voices" and play a vital role in our advocacy efforts statewide.

As our “eyes,” the Ambassadors will monitor activities of their regional centers by reviewing all materials from the regional centers including: board of directors agendas, materials, and minutes, contracts with DDS, performance plans and reports, annual reports, annual audits, demographic data, consumer expenditures, disparity data, plans to reduce disparities, vendor contracts, 990 forms, board of directors diversity data, and other relevant materials.

As our “ears,” the Ambassadors will listen to the concerns of individuals served by their regional centers and their families. They will attend and listen to discussions at boards of directors and committee meetings, disparity meetings, and other public meetings held by the regional centers. In addition, the Ambassadors will attend support groups and gatherings of community organizations to hear about other concerns of individuals and families.

As our “voices,” the Ambassadors will speak out on key issues of concern from the community and on priorities of the statewide organization. In addition, the Ambassadors, in cooperation with the Disability Voices United board of directors and statewide committees, will train community members to advocate for systemic changes at their regional centers.