So Many Terms. So Little Time.
Every service, disability, therapy, and resource seems to have some clunky acronym represent it. Here's an ever-growing list of terms and services you'll hear and read about the most when navigating the world of special needs care. You can search by letter or by using the search bar below.
Regional centers are nonprofit private corporations that contract with the DDS to provide or coordinate services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities. California has 21 regional centers with more than 40 offices located throughout the state that serve individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Here's a directory of all regional centers in CA. For children under 36 months, here's a link to the Early Start homepage.
Regional Center Coordinators provides case management services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Service Coordinator's major responsibilities include:
individual and family assessment and needs identification;
planning for provision of appropriate services and supports;
helping families apply for Medi-Cal, IHSS and other services
monitoring and evaluation of service delivery; and
Respite allows you to take time off from caregiving duties while someone else cares for your loved one. You can lean on family and friends to come in, use the services of a care facility to provide respite care or hire a special needs caregiver. If your loved one requires medical assistance, hiring trained professional help is probably the best solution.