To live on your own, in an apartment or house, you have the right to receive regional center services and supports to help you. The law says services and supports help people with developmental disabilities to live the same way people without disabilities live. The law does not say to give services only to people who need a little help to live independently. The Lanterman Act gives chances for adults, no matter the level of their developmental disability, to live in homes they own or rent. It says supports should be available as often and for as long as needed, when that is the goal of the IPP.Section 4689.
Everybody needs some help to live “independently.” We all depend on others, like family, friends, neighbors, gardeners, plumbers, and babysitters for some support. You may receive the support you need to live independently from family, friends, and paid caregivers.