Advocates are trained individuals who help consumers, families, and professionals understand the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities. They provide education and training, and advisory services.
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
The State Council on Developmental Disabilities is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to plan for and ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.
Regional Center and Developmental Center Clients' Rights Advocates
Developmental centers and regional centers have clients' rights advocates who are not employees of the centers. They are available to help consumers with their concerns.
- Regional Center Clients' Rights Advocates (PDF)
- Developmental Center Clients' Rights Advocates (PDF)
Non-Profit Advocacy Groups
These advocacy groups are independent of the regional and developmental centers. They provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.