Disability Voices United is a
statewide organization directed
by and for individuals with
developmental disabilities and
our families, advocating for

• Choice and control
• Equity and accountability
• Meaningful outcomes

Disability Voices United is a
statewide organization directed
by and for individuals with
developmental disabilities and
our families, advocating for

• Choice and control
• Equity and accountability
• Meaningful outcomes

Disability Voices United is a
statewide organization directed
by and for individuals with
developmental disabilities and
our families, advocating for

• Choice and control
• Equity and accountability
• Meaningful outcomes

Disability Voices United is a
statewide organization directed
by and for individuals with
developmental disabilities and
our families, advocating for

• Choice and control
• Equity and accountability
• Meaningful outcomes

Disability Voices United is a
statewide organization directed
by and for individuals with
developmental disabilities and
our families, advocating for

• Choice and control
• Equity and accountability
• Meaningful outcomes

Disability Voices United is a
statewide organization directed
by and for individuals with
developmental disabilities and
our families, advocating for

• Choice and control
• Equity and accountability
• Meaningful outcomes

Disability Voices United is a
statewide organization directed
by and for individuals with
developmental disabilities and
our families, advocating for

• Choice and control
• Equity and accountability
• Meaningful outcomes

Disability Voices United is a
statewide organization directed
by and for individuals with
developmental disabilities and
our families, advocating for

• Choice and control
• Equity and accountability
• Meaningful outcomes

Breaking News On State Budget – SDP Funding & Restoration of Social Rec!

Legislature calls for $1 million to create an Office of the Ombudsperson for the Self-Determination Program and restores funding for Social and Recreational Programs and Camp.

Budget still needs to be negotiated with the Governor. SDP Connect today will bring you all the latest details.

State Assembly subcommittee report on the proposed budget – find social rec on page 55, SDP funds on page 56
State Senate report on the proposed budget – find SDP funds on page 68, social rec on page 69

Upcoming Events and Trainings

June 2, 2021
SDP Connect
via Zoom

An information-sharing Zoom meeting for Self-Determination Program participants from everywhere in California, family members, independent facilitators, FMSs, regional center staff, service providers, and anyone else who is interested in moving the SDP forward!

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June 9, 2021
4:30 - 6:00 PM PT

Via Zoom

Join us for SDP Connect every Wednesday in the final month before the Self-Determination Program rollout!

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June 16, 2021
4:30 - 6:00 PM

Via Zoom

Join us every Wednesday for SDP Connect in the final month before the rollout of the Self-Determination Program!

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Take Action

Drastic Proposed Cuts to Developmental Services

The California budget may face drastic cuts to developmental services in the coming months. These terrible cuts can be avoided if the U.S. Congress passes the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Solutions (HEROES) Act. Click below to find out how to contact your Senators and urge them to pass the HEROES Act.

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SDP Connect

Alternate Wednesdays, 4:30- 6pm via Zoom

A weekly information-sharing Zoom meeting for Self-Determination Program participants from everywhere in California, family members, regional center staff, service providers, and anyone else who is interested in moving the SDP forward! The first 15-20 minutes will be a presentation on a different topic followed by questions and answers from attendees at the meeting.

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Information and resources on how to move forward in the California's Self-Determination Program



Ten children and adults who imagine their lives under Self-Determination



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Self-Determination

Resources and information on California’s Self-Determination Program by the organization that got the law passed.
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Meaningful Outcomes

Education, employment, fun, relationships, plus a critical safety net – all of the things that make a good life but are often hard to get for people with disabilities.
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Equity

Reports and advocacy around eradicating the racial and ethnic disparities that exist in diagnosis, services, and education for disability communities of color.
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Accountable Systems

The systems that support us, such as regional centers, school districts, and county health departments are not responsive enough and lack accountability.
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A place for the developmental disabilities community to exchange ideas, information, and resources

Resources on the the Self-Determination Program in California., news related to the program, and forums to connect with others in the community. The Self-Determination Interchange is available in both English and Spanish.

Go to the Interchange >

Focuses on the human right to communication access. This website has plain language legal resources from Disability Rights California, news, advocacy opportunities, and forums to connect with others interested in communication access.

Go to the Interchange >

Donate to DVU

Disability Voices United needs your support to continue our important work to advocate for the rights of people with developmental and other disabilities. With virtually no overhead, every dollar you give goes straight to our programs, trainings, and advocacy for choice, equity, accountability, and meaningful outcomes.
 

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