Communication is important. If you do not speak English, have trouble understanding English, or feel more comfortable speaking in a different language, tell the regional center right away. Ask them to provide an interpreter for any phone call or meeting, including the IPP meeting.Section 4646(j)(1); Government Code section 11135 – 11139.8; Title 22, Cal. Code of Regs., section 11162(c). The regional center must communicate with you in your native language at these meetings. You can bring a friend or family member who speaks English to help you. But the regional center cannot make you bring a friend instead of hiring an interpreter.
You may also have your IPP and other related documents translated.Section 4646(j)(2). If you disagree with a regional center decision, and you appeal, the regional center must hire and pay for an interpreter, if you need one.Section 4710.8(c) and 4712(l). It takes time to arrange these services, so tell the regional center right away. If the regional center refuses to translate documents or provide an interpreter, call Disability Rights California or OCRA for information about your rights.