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IEP Advocacy in California

Handled By Our Pasadena Special Needs Lawyers

California has the unique system of Regional Centers that were set up by the Lanterman Development Disabilities Act. The Regional Centers are tasked with serving those with developmental disabilities in their catchment areas. Currently, there are 21 regional centers in the state of California.

The Lanterman Act gives people with developmental disabilities the right to services and supports that enable them to live a more independent and normal life. Furthermore, the Lanterman Act declares that persons with developmental disabilities have the same legal rights and responsibilities that are guaranteed to all other persons by the federal and state Constitutions and laws.

What this means, is that any person with a substantial disability has the following rights:

  • Services that protect liberty, provided in the least restrictive (most integrated) way
  • Dignity, privacy, and humane care
  • Treatment, services, and supports in natural community settings to the greatest extent possible
  • Participation in an appropriate program of publicly supported education regardless of the degree of disability
  • Prompt medical care and treatment
  • Freedom of religion and conscience, and freedom to practice religion
  • Social interaction and participation in community activities
  • Physical exercise and recreation
  • Freedom from harm, including unnecessary physical restraints, isolation, excessive medication, abuse, or neglect
  • Freedom from hazardous procedures
  • Choices in one’s own life, including where and with whom one chooses to live, relationships with people in the community, how to spend time (including education, employment, and leisure), the pursuit of one’s chosen personal future, and the planning and implementation of a plan that fits the needs and desires of the individual
  • The opportunity to make decisions and to have information to help make informed choices

How We Can Help You

At Lee, Green, Stewart & Paul Attorneys at Law, we are committed to helping you safeguard these rights and to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the dignity and the supports that are guaranteed by the Lanterman Act. Our special needs attorneys in Pasadena will represent you at your IPP, file your fair hearing requests, represent you at any informal meetings or mediations, and litigate your fair hearing.

To schedule a case evaluation with our special needs lawyers in Pasadena, you can either call us today at (626) 325-0770 or contact us online. Call now and find out how we can help you.

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