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Assistive Technology - Regional Centers
Regional centers contract with the Department of Developmental Services to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities in California. Upon completion of a diagnostic evaluation and eligibility determination, individual service and support needs are identified through the individual program planning process. Regional centers may purchase a wide array of services and/or equipment to meet the needs of the individual as reflected on their individual program plan (IPP).
Regional Center Eligibility
Individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability are eligible for regional center services. Developmental disability means a disability that is attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or any other neurologically handicapping condition requiring services similar to that required by a person with intellectual disability. A developmental disability must:
- originate before age eighteen (18),
- be likely to continue indefinitely, and
- constitute a substantial handicap.
Developmental disability does not include handicapping conditions that are solely physical in nature.
Services and Equipment Funded by Regional Centers
Services and supports are defined as specialized services and supports or special adaptations of generic services and supports directed toward the alleviation of a developmental disability or toward the social, personal, physical or economic habilitation or rehabilitation of an individual with a developmental disability, or toward the achievement and maintenance of independent, productive normal lives. Services and supports include adaptive equipment and supplies. Regional centers provide, procure and/or coordinate services and supports for eligible individuals. Regional centers may purchase services only after other publicly-funded agencies have first discharge their responsibility to provide or purchase the required equipment or service.
For information on regional center services, contact your local regional center.