Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD)
DRC works in this area to help people with intellectual/developmental disabilities live, work, and play where they chose. To learn more about our work, keep reading.
The Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) Practice Group specializes in the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Service Act and, through a combination of legal representation, policy work, and systems change advocacy, help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who seek to:
- access regional center services that reflect their needs, choices, and cultural values;
- avoid institutionalization; and
- participate to the maximum extent possible in making decisions about their own lives.
In partnership with other DRC Practice Groups, the I/DD Practice Group also assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to obtain meaningful work at a competitive wage, access healthcare in home and community based settings, and challenge civil rights violations.
I/DD Legal Advocacy
Regional Center Services
Regional centers provide diagnosis and assessment of eligibility. They help plan, access, coordinate and monitor needed services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, an assigned case manager or service coordinator helps develop a plan for services and purchase the services needed to implement the plan. Most services and supports are free regardless of age or income.
Since the 1960s, California has substantially reduced its reliance on state-operated developmental centers.
In Olmstead v. L.C., the United States Supreme Court held that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires all public entities to refrain from discrimination and explicitly identifies unjustified segregation of people with disabilities as a form of discrimination.
Conservatorships remove people’s rights to decision making and autonomy. As such, they must be used sparingly and in the least restrictive way possible.
SB 555 ensures that regional centers meet their obligations to provide consumers from diverse communities with appropriate language access.