Welcome to Our Developmental Disabilities Resource Center


Help with Self Determination

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has introduced a new Self-Determination Program (SDP) which is described at https://www.dds.ca.gov/initiatives/sdp/ . For many, this program frees them to make their own plans for their children with special needs.  The program is new and exciting, but requires support from “facilitators”.  While we cannot make recommendations, here is a list of Self Determination Facilitators  provided by a Regional Center which may be help https://www.thecasdpnetwork.org/

A 70 page document explaining details is available at here ⟶

Lawyers specializing in representing individuals with special needs and their families

This is a short list of attorneys which may be able to help families with their special needs trusts and for any disability related issues.

Alameda County

Contra Costa County:


Marin County:

Palo Alto:

San Francisco:

San Jose:

Please note that we personally have not used these specialists, but believe they are competent and committed.  They come highly recommended. If you do consult one or the other, please give us your feedback. Thanks.

Voices from our community

California State Government Websites

Medicaid &  Medicare – Federal Government Websites

Regional Center consumer appeals procedure questions

For Regional Center consumer appeals procedure questions contact:
Department of Developmental Services or 916-654-1987.

For information on how to maximize the Self-Determination Program, please click here