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Rights in Adult Residential Facilities

This publication is intended to teach you about your rights while living in an Adult Residential Facility, which is regulated by California Community Care Licensing. According to California regulations, an Adult Residential Facility – commonly known as a Board-and-Care – is defined as any facility of any capacity that provides 24-hour-a-day nonmedical care and supervision to the following:

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Special Ed Attorneys & Advocates


As part of its interagency agreement with the California Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) maintains a list of attorneys and a separate list of advocates who self-certify that they are knowledgeable about Special Education and that they offer services either free or at a low cost.  OAH considers the primary purpose of these lists is to help parents of children with exceptional needs to locate free or reduced cost representation in preparation for special education due process hearings.

The last column of these lists identifies the geographical area where the attorney or advocate practices. You should contact the individual attorney or advocate and determine what free or low cost services they provide.

OAH does not represent that the individuals placed on the list offer free or low cost services. It is important that if you choose to use the list that you contact the attorneys and advocates to discuss their fees.  

Interact: A Special Needs App for Resources


Interact connects those with special needs with local activities and services.

Users can find Local Activities, Local Education, and Local Healthcare
• Discover all possible options for services and support
• Leave reviews for your favorite providers in your area

Regional Center Eligibility Requirements

Please download the information to see requirements for support from the Regional Center

Working Together Online Learning Series: IEP Negotiations

The Working Together Series includes five interactive self-directed courses.  This foundational series for family members and educators includes the following courses:

Course 1: Introduction to the Working Together Series – Available now!
Course 2: IEP Meetings and Beyond – Available now!
Course 3: Listening and Responding Skills – Available now!
Course 4: Managing and Responding to Emotions – Available now!
Course 5: Focusing on Interests to Reach Agreement Available now!

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These courses provide families and educators with a number of strategies for working together and through conflict.  Anyone supporting children or youth with disabilities may benefit from this series, however, the setting in which collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution takes place within this series is typically the school or IEP meeting.

Voting Resources in California



If you have a disability and:

  • You cannot get into your polling place
  • The accessible voting machine is not working
  • Other people can see how you are voting
  • You are told you cannot vote because you have a disability
  • You have a question about your right to vote or the voting process

Don’t forget that Disability Rights California has an Election Day Hotline number: (888) 569-7955.

Disability Rights California can:

  • Explain your rights
  • Work to resolve the problem
  • Help you file a complaint

Additional Voting Resources:

Voter Information Guide Online –

Check Your Voter Registration Status –

Find Your Polling Place or Vote Center on Election Day –

Early Voting Locations –

Voters with Disabilities –

Quick Guide to Propositions –


Department of Education: Orange County CA


Learn about Special Education resources for special needs students. The site includes a directory of schools, descriptions of programs and services and support information. Go to


The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) recently published a list of services that are most commonly purchased by regional centers.

Regional centers provide a wide array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each center provides diagnosis and assessment of eligibility, and helps plan, access, coordinate and monitor services and supports. Once eligibility is determined, most services and supports are free regardless of age or income; however, there are a few exceptions. For more information and to access the list of services, click here or use the links in the threshold languages below:

Regional Centers Services and Descriptions English | Armenian | Farsi | Hmong | Russian | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Korean

Regional Center of Orange County Resources

The Regional Center of Orange County California has a website with links to many local resources for families.  You can access that page at

The Comfort Connection provides additional support, information and brochures for programs and services. It is located to the right of the entrance at the Main Headquarters Office, 1525 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92705

New Safety Measures Available for Those At Risk of Wandering


New Legislation to Ensure Safety for Those At Risk of Wandering

March 23, 2018

The Kevin & Avonte’s law has passed and there is new hope for families to locate missing loved ones with autism, Alzheimers disease and related conditions who may wander. The bill improves access to technologies that search for missing people and it expands training for caregivers and first responders to help prevent wandering by vulnerable individuals. It makes voluntary tracking devises available to those at risk of wandering.  

More information on Kevin and Avonte’s Law is available HERE.  Bill text can be found HERE.