The regional center must help you participate in community life. This includes programs, services, jobs, businesses, and activities available for people without disabilities.Section 4648(a)(13) The legislature places high priority in people with developmental disabilities being “integrated into the mainstream life of their natural communities.”Section 4688(a). The regional center must improve your community integration by:
- Training local agencies, businesses, and programs to include people with disabilities
- Giving you direct support to participate more fully in your community
- Developing a list of community resources
- Working with community support facilitators
- Giving you information to make informed choices about employment
- Helping service coordinators and family members find new ways to integrate you into the community
- Developing and supporting your natural support systems.Section 4688(b).
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) website may also have helpful information on work incentive programs, how earning money affects your benefits, employment resources and protections, training opportunities, and taxpayer requirements. DDS must consult with regional centers to find out what training regional center staff need on employment issues and to develop training plans as their resources permit.Section 4639.75.