Consumer-Friendly Publications

Leadership Through Personal Change

This guide is to help people with developmental disabilities to have more control over their lives. To learn simple ways, using supports, everyone can participate in directing their futures.

Think-Plan-Do is the way the Consumer Advisory Committee identifies leadership goals and carries out plans for everyday life.

The guides and stories on video are divided into four areas. Under each area are stories to assist you with your goals. There are 15 topics. The guides below help you to use Think-Plan-Do to think about what you want, create a plan to get there, and take action to be successful.

Think – Plan – Do PDF

 

Instructions

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This publication is to help individuals with developmental disabilities be prepared and understand what is being said at meetings and be able to vote. The information will help people who support boards and committees know how to make changes or adaptations to board materials so each member can understand the meeting business.

Instructions

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Instructions

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The publication, “A Consumer’s Guide to the Lanterman Act,” is a booklet for adults with developmental disabilities and was written with the help of consumers.

This guide is in Adobe Acrobat PDF. Please note that the files are large and may require updating to the current version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to be correctly viewed and printed.

Request a free copy by mail.

Please email PIO@dds.ca.gov and include your name, organization, address, and phone number; and how many copies of the English or Spanish versions. There is a limited supply of these booklets; requests of more than five(5) copies per address will be filled on an as-needed basis.

Department of Developmental Services
Office of Legislation, Regulations and Public Affairs
Attn: CONSUMER’S GUIDE
1215 O Street (MS 9-10)
Sacramento, CA 95814

If you have any questions regarding the above publication, please contact the Office of Legislation, Regulations and Public Affairs at 916-654-1884.

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act says individuals with developmental disabilities have the same federal and state rights guaranteed to all other individuals. Section 4502 of the Welfare and Institutions Code includes a list of specific rights. To make sure individuals and families know about their rights, DDS worked with Capitol People First, Short Center North/DDSO, Inc., and Mayer-Johnson Co. to develop a 1-page handout that illustrates these rights.

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.

This easy to use workbook and companion videos, assists people in making decisions about the end of their life. This project was funded by a DDS Wellness Grant and created through the combined efforts of Alta California Regional Center, Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center, Golden Gate Regional Center, California Coalition for Compassionate Care, and the Board Resource Center.

Workbooks

Videos

This video explains how to complete the workbook.

 

Conversations with two California advocates about their personal experiences.

 

This video gives an overview on the “Thinking Ahead” materials, with a commentary by Judy Citko, Director of the California Coalition for Compassionate Care.

This book will help consumers to understand how to become better members of boards.

This guide can help you create your own healthy living goals and a plan for action.

Making My Own Choices

This booklet has been developed to help people choose things that are important to them in their life.

The Picture Sticker Book

The Picture Sticker Book was developed by the Department of Developmental Services Consumer Advisory Committee as part of the IPP and Choice Making series. This sticker book is for use with “Making My Own Choices” to help people in developmental centers tell helpers and advisors what they want for their life in the community.

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.

This Guide was created for consumers to use on your own, or with help from someone. You don’t need to take a class to use this workbook. You can use this Guide to help you give a short speech about the story of your life. You can also use this guide to help you give a longer speech, for example, as a conference keynote speaker or at a school assembly. If you plan to use this Guide for training, it is recommended that you conduct the training in three, six hour days and that consumers be provided supports, as needed, to achieve the maximum benefits.


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Last modified: July 1, 2021