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P. O. Box 944202
Sacramento, CA 94244-2020

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Consumer Friendly Publications

DDS is sharing the following materials with consumers, families, providers, service coordinators, regional centers, developmental centers and everyone who helps individuals with developmental disabilities.

The following publications are in Adobe Acrobat PDF. Please note that some files are large and may require updating to the current version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to be correctly viewed and printed.
Making My Own Choice Transition
Making My Own Choice Transition

The Choices Project
Is a specially designed tool that was developed for use during a Developmental Center closure to help residents communicate what is important to them about their home and leisure time activities. The information may be included in their transition plans.

Advocating with your Elected Official

Advocating with your Elected Officials
Elected officials need to hear from people they represent about important issues affecting their lives. Contacting your representatives is an effective way to have your voice heard. This booklet guides you when sending personal letters or emails, telephoning and meeting with your elected officials. It provides website links where you can find information about legislators and proposed legislation.

My Choice, My Future: Making Informed Choices

How I Want to Spend My Time: Making Informed Choices
English | Spanish
This guide is an easy-to-use six page booklet geared for users with disabilities seeking person-centered adult services to support their futures. With plain language and graphic cues, the tool guides individuals to practice self-direction as they: identify how they want to spend their time and support they need. The tool also provides questions to ask when choosing service agencies to meet their goals and a straightforward agreement page. Developed by Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center and The SCILS Group, 2009.

My Choice, My Future: Making Informed Choices

My Choice, My Future: Making Informed Choices
English | Spanish
This guide is an easy-to-use six page booklet geared for users with disabilities who are in transition from high school to adult life. With plain language and helpful graphics, the tool guides individuals to practice self-direction as they: THINK about their futures; make a simple PLAN; and DO what they need to get started. After completing the booklet can be easily shared at team meetings, with family, teachers and support staff. Developed by Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center and The SCILS Group, 2009.

Performance Contract, Plain Facts

Performance Contract
A Performance contract is an agreement between a state department or agency who gives money to an agency or provider to offer services. This PowerPoint gives you a simple of what a performance contract might look like between Department of Developmental Services and Regional Centers.

My Own Choice

My Own Choice
This guide is to help people with developmental disabilities residing in large congregate residential facilities to enhance their participation in the individual program planning process. Also available is the companion sticker booklet to help individuals express their personal decisions living options.

Families Creating a Vision Publication

Families Creating a Vision and Building Inclusive Lives for their Children
English | Spanish | Chinese
For families who want to create visions that lead to inclusive lives for the children with developmental disabilities, read about Nick and Brissa. Learn about creating a vision, building community connections and making meaningful futures happen.

Think, Plan, Do Publication

Leadership Through Personal Change: Think - Plan - Do
This guide is to help people with developmental disabilities to have self-determined lives. To learn simple ways, using supports, everyone can participate in directing their futures.

A Consumer Guide to the Lanterman Act

A Consumer Guide to the Lanterman Act
English | Spanish
This booklet is for adults with developmental disabilities was written with the help of consumers.

Image of Feeling Safe and Being Safe Publication

Feeling Safe, Being Safe
This workbook will help you make a plan that you can use in case of an emergency. The DVD demonstrates how to complete the workbook and put together a home emergency kit.

Image of Thinking Ahead Booklet Cover

Thinking Ahead: My Way, My Choice, My Life at the End
This is a consumer friendly workbook to assist people in making decisions about the end of their life. The workbook and videos were funded by a 2006-07 DDS Wellness grant.

Boardsmanship - Inclusive and Accessible

Boardsmanship - Inclusive and Accessible
English | Spanish
This book will help consumers to understand how to become better members of boards. It was developed by People First of California, Inc. who is offering to provide training in the use of the book. If you would like this training, contact People First at 916-552-6625.

Facilitation Tips

Facilitation Tips
This publication is to help individuals with developmental disabilities . . .

Guide to Healthy Living

Guide to Healthy Living
English | Spanish | Chinese
This guide can help you create your own healthy living goals and a plan for action

Ways to Make Complex Information Simple

Ways to Make Complex Information Simple
This publication is to help individuals with developmental disabilities be prepared and to understand what is being said at meetings and be able to vote.

Leadership Through Personal Change

Leadership Through Personal Change (PDF)
This publication describes the DDS Consumer Advisory Committee leadership project.

Making My Own Choices

Making My Own Choices
English | Spanish
This booklet has been developed to help people choose things that are important to them in their life.

SB 1270 Publication

Senate Bill 1270
English | Spanish
It asks the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) to bring different people together in a Work Group and think about different ways people with developmental disabilities spend their time in paid work and other activities.

Speaking for a Better Tomorrow, A Guide to Making an Effective Speech

Speaking for a Better Tomorrow, A Guide to Making an Effective Speech
This guide is to help individuals with developmental disabilities give a speech about something that will make their life, or the lives of others, better.

Satisfaction Guide

Satisfaction Guide
The Satisfaction Guide assists people to think about quality and satisfaction in their lives and assists them to communicate their preferences with others.

From Conversations to Actions Using the IPP

From Conversations to Actions Using the IPP (PDF)
This booklet shares the real life stories of how consumers can set their goals and objectives and work through the IPP process to achieve them.

Picture Sticker Book

Picture Sticker Book
This booklet has been developed to the used with the "Satisfaction Guide and Making My Own Choices." This can also be used with other projects that will enhance persons' independence and choice. Please note: Pages of the Picture Sticker Book can be printed using 2 ½ x 2 ½ inch square label sheets.

Community Conversations with People with Developmental Disabilities

Community Conversations with People with Developmental Disabilities (PDF)
A book developed from conversations with 400 consumers about what choices they make in their life today and what choices they would like to make.

Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Handout

Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Handout
A graphically illustrated handout available in English and Spanish (combined), Armenian, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog and Hmong.

Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities Handout

Recommendations for Satisfaction Surveys
A guide developed by CAC members for anyone in the developmental disabilities field conducting surveys with people with developmental disabilities.

The Consumer Advisory Committee is proud to share these publications with consumers, families, providers, service coordinators, regional centers, developmental centers and everyone who helps individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information regarding these publications you may contact:

Department of Developmental Services
Office of Human Rights and Advocacy Services
1600 9th Street, Room 240
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: (916) 654-1888

 
 
Last Updated: 10/3/2013