Local Self-Determination Information Sessions:

Pacific Community Center via Lanterman Regional Center

When: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Time:     4:30 – 5:30 p.m. (Spanish session)

6 – 7 p.m. (English session)

Where: Pacific Community Center

501 South Pacific Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

If you would like to register, contact



Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center

When: Second Tuesday of every month

Time:     9:30-10:30 Spanish

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Korean

5:30-6:30 p.m. English

Where: 3303 Wilshire Blvd., 1st Floor (KYRC Conference Room)

Los Angeles, CA 90010



Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center Boardroom

When: February 6, 2018

Time:     6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: 1000 S. Fremont Ave.

Alhambra, CA 91803

(626) 299-4772


North Los Angeles Regional Center

When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Times: 10:00 a.m. OR 6:30 p.m.

Where: 43210 Gingham Avenue

Lancaster, CA 93535

(818) 778-4416


South Central Los Angeles Regional Center

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month

Times: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: 2500 S. Western Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90018



Autism Society of Los Angeles

When: January 29, 2018

Times: 10am-12pm

Where: Mychal’s Learning Place

4901 W Rosecrans Ave,

Hawthorne, CA 90250

(310) 297-9333


California’s Self-Determination Program

The Department of Developmental Services is developing the Self-Determination Program that will let participants have more control over selecting their services and supports. One of the ways this can be done is by giving participants (or their parents or legal representatives) a specific budget to purchase the services and supports that they need to make their person-centered plan work better for them. Participants may choose their services and pick which providers deliver those services. Participants are responsible for staying within their annual budget.

The Self-Determination Program is based on beliefs that people —

  • Plan their own lives and make their own decisions
  • Determine how funding is spent for their services and supports
  • Plan and choose their own formal and informal supports
  • Take responsibility for the decisions made
  • Validate those decisions through maintaining ongoing control

The five principles of self-determination are –

  • Freedom to exercise the same rights as all citizens; to establish, with freely chosen supports, family and friends, where they want to live, with whom they want to live, how their time will be occupied, and who supports them;
  • Authority to control a budget in order to purchase services and supports of their choosing;
  • Support, including the ability to arrange resources and personnel, which will allow flexibility to live in the community of their choice;
  • Responsibility, which includes the opportunity to take responsibility for making decisions in their own lives and accept a valued role in their community, and,
  • Confirmation, in making decisions in their own lives by designing and operating the service that they rely on.