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More Than Words
Part 1 of 3

Language is constantly evolving and keeping up with it can be challenging and confusing. Open Door invites you to learn the meaning to some of the most commonly heard words when talking about the LGBTQIA2S+ community. You can also get tips on how to best support anyone who uses Easterseals Southern California Services and identifies as part of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. 

Howard McBroom
Activist, Advocate and Public Speaker

Why are person-centered services so important?

Listen to Howard’s powerful statement in this video.

A Personal Perspective on
Person-Centered Fundamentals

Rights, respect and having control of one’s own life are key to person-centered practices and planning. Liz Grigsby describes how this starts with listening to each individual and shares a personal story of how assumptions about others’ disabilities can get in the way.

What is Duty of Care?
Duty of Care vs Dignity of Risk

Every day, workers in human services in Australia are faced with decisions where Duty of Care seems to apply. This video examines the vital differences between duty of care and dignity of risk. Emi Golding, Director of Psychology for the Workplace Mental Health Institute, explains when each applies and what to do about it. Enjoy!


We asked self-advocates what self-determination means to them; this is what they told us!

Complete this checklist while supporting an individual during the planning process or use it as a self-review after the process is completed. Mark each item that reflects the CURRENT process used. Do not mark items that “should” be done or that the team “intends” to do.

Person-Centered Boot Camp Resources

Awareness is the first step to creating change. Begin to develop awareness of how disability

is spoken about at work and at home. Is disability spoken about as a positive, negative, or neutral factor in someone’s life? You can use this sheet to tally your observations.

Video discusses presuming competence of people with disabilities, which competence means believing people are capable and that they do understand you even if they don't outwardly show you that they do. 

Do you see a very limited austistic person?

Self-Determination: Dignity of Risk

Chris Lyons, a nationally recognized attorney specializing in the defense of community service providers, uses this example to illustrate the importance of building the "dignity of risk" into the lives of people with disabilities.

El Centro para la Excelencia en Discapacidades de Desarrollo de la Universidad Sonoran Departamento de Medicina Familiar y Comunitaria de la Universidad de Arizona. 

A Person-Centered Culture and Practices Spanish manual for anyone interested in improving their knowledge about what person-centered services are.

Mitos de la discapacidad intelectual

Es importante desplazar la visión de la discapacidad como una situación de pérdidas o de dificultades y afirmar en su lugar una visión positiva, de posibilidades, de oportunidades que las personas tienen y pueden desarrollar, siempre que cuenten con los apoyos necesarios.

Fundación MAPFRE

Cambiando Vidas meets on the second, third,and fourth Tuesdays of every month, and provides a critical space for immigrants with disabilities to come together, organize, and effect change. Learn more about Cambiando Vidas

Cambiando Vidas meetings are conducted in Spanish. Interpreters are provided. Contact Alma Olavarría Gallegos with questions, accommodation requests, or to get more information. 

Discapacidades Intelectuales: Parent Center Hub recursos 

Monthly Meeting Schedule: 

  • Second Tuesdays: 3-5pm (May 9th) 

  • Third Tuesdays: 1-3pm (May 16th) 

  • Fourth Tuesdays: 3-5pm (May 23rd) 

"The Department has partnered with Public Consulting Group and Support Development Associates to conduct a series of trainings on the HCBS Final Rule as well as person-centered planning and practices."

Department of developmental services logo
Disability Etiquette: Basic Tips, Do’s and Don’ts 

Tedx Talks – Chris Klein – Seeing Unique Abilities

Parenting Black Children (PBC): 

a project of Access Nonprofit Center, is a team of parents, special education teachers, social work interns, disability advocates, church ministers, foster-care advocates, and others who have dedicated time to help to increase awareness, outreach, and education of developmental disabilities, mental health, and special education resources.

People with Disabilities’ Bill of Rights

Empowerment for Latinas with Disabilities and Their Allies

Understanding the Importance of Disability Advocacy

Disability advocacy speaks to the fundamental needs, rights and interests of people with disability. Advocacy is important because your voice is important. Be heard.

10 Tips For Communicating with People with Disabilities

Tips to help you avoid feel uncomfortable when speaking to or about people with disabilities

Plain - Mary Dash’s Writing TipsMary Dash, Chief of the Congressional Correspondence and Quality Review Branch of the Internet Revenue Service, wrote these excellent writing tips. 

Working While Disabled:
How We Can Help from SSA 

How to Apply to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

Friday, April 7 @10:00 a.m. 

IHSS services are only available to people receiving MediCal, including those receiving services under the Regional Center Waiver program. 

Youth Scholarships

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a national Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) for students in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) education in public and private school through grade 12. FCCLA offers intra-curricular resources and opportunities for students to pursue careers that support families. 

Parents' Place

Serving the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys, we are committed to supporting and enhancing family focused services in a parent driven atmosphere for families who have children with special needs,
0-22 years of age. 

Helpful Paid and FREE Apps For Smart Phones and Tablets

"Welcome! None of us expected to be here, but here we are. And I’m here to tell you, that you are still going to have a rich, rewarding, full and enjoyable life. I mean that! Please don’t let anyone suck you down into that world of “perpetual grief.”"

Disability Rights
California Resources

California Children's Services: Service Rights and Entitlement Programs Affecting Californians with Disabilities

Differences between 

IEP and 504 Plans


Both Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans can offer formal help for K–12 students with disabilities.

Statewide Transition Plan Toolkit For Alignment with the HCBS Regulation Requirements

This document from suggests alternative approaches for states as they prepare and submit their Statewide Transition Plans for people with disabilities.

How to Access Regional Center Services for Your Child 

The Regional Center provides countless services and resources to families parenting children and adult children diagnosed with developmental disabilities, most of them free of charge and beginning soon after diagnosis.

Regional Center Services

Regional centers provide a wide array of services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Each center provides diagnosis and assessment of eligibility, and helps plan, access, coordinate and monitor services and supports.

Resources are available in different languages.

(English | Armenian | Farsi | Hmong | Russian | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese | Korean)

Ayuda para Niños con Discapacidades (3-21)

How to Advocate for Students in Special Education

Parents of a child with a disability must learn to effectively navigate the maze of special education laws and go to bat for their kids.

Stay Housed L.A.

The diverse neighborhoods and cities of the County and City of Los Angeles have created a rich and unique cultural fabric we all call home. Yet, the home we know is at risk. Stay Housed L.A. has the resources you need to know your rights and the legal support to back them up.

What Are Adult Day Services?

Adult Day Services programs offer a safe, positive, caring alternative to nursing home care for those who do not need 24-hour skilled nursing. These programs are designed to help people stay mentally and physically active, reduce isolation, improve their health, and prevent decline of their abilities.

My Child is Newly Diagnosed with a Disability | Now what?

"Welcome! None of us expected to be here, but here we are. And I’m here to tell you, that you are still going to have a rich, rewarding, full and enjoyable life. I mean that! Please don’t let anyone suck you down into that world of “perpetual grief.”"

First 5 California  

First 5 California promoverá, apoyará y optimizará el desarrollo temprano de la infancia para los niños de California y sus familias, desde antes de nacer hasta los 5 años de edad. 

Guide Dogs of America

Breeding, raising, and training guide dogs for individuals who are blind/visually impaired and service dogs for veterans and children with autism. Guide Dogs of America also place facility dogs with professionals in hospitals, schools, and courtrooms.

Green Mountain


"GMSA is a strong organization because it is run by and for self-advocates. We have created resources and training materials that should only be presented by people with developmental disabilities. We encourage staff, teachers, parents, and allies to support self-advocates in teaching this material..."

How to Know

If Your Child Needs an IEP

If your child has been struggling in school, you may be wondering what you can do to support them to get back on track. If you have been exploring different options for struggling learners, an individualized education plan (IEP) or special education services may have come up. But how do you know when an IEP is the right thing to ask for to help your child in school?

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