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Lanterman Act

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, known as the "Lanterman Act”, is an important piece of legislation that was passed in 1969. This is the California law that says people with developmental disabilities and their families have a right to get the services and supports they need to live like people without disabilities. The Lanterman Act outlines the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, how the regional centers and service providers can help these individuals, what services and supports they can obtain, how to use the individualized program plan to get needed services, what to do when someone violates the Lanterman Act, and how to improve the system.

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For articles, reports, other regulations and websites or to contact your legislators, visit our Advocacy webpage.

"Keeping the Lanterman Promise" (KTLP) is a place where people with developmental disabilities, and their families and friends can find out what is happening to the Lanterman Act in clear, candid, no-nonsense terms. By coming together and sharing information, we can be a part of an effort to restore, defend, and preserve the Lanterman Promise. KTLP was created by family members and friends of people with developmental disabilities, who are clients of California's 21 regional centers. This survey is the first one attempted in California by RC family members to reach out to other family members and ask their opinions about this important area of their lives. Please take a moment to participate in their online survey and then follow on their website if you believe people with developmental disabilities and their families need a greater voice in what goes on in your region and in Sacramento. The goal of this online community is to Inform, Educate, Connect and Inspire. www.KTLP.org

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