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It is the philosophy of the Regional Center that each client shall be provided with opportunities to participate in everyday living experiences that permit development to the highest potential.

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The San Diego Regional Center provides a variety of services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families that are based on individual needs and supports their independence.

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The San Diego Regional Center advocates for opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities to maximize potential and to experience full inclusion in all areas of community life.

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The San Diego Regional Center

The San Diego Regional Center is one of 21 Regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities in the State of California. These centers were originally established to assist persons with intellectual disabilities and their families in locating and developing services and programs within their communities.

These original centers were established in 1965 under legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Frank Lanterman. The Lanterman Act became effective in 1969 and established the statewide Regional Center network. The Legislation later expanded the populations served to include persons with intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, and other disabling conditions similar to intellectual disabilities.

The San Diego Regional Center was the third Regional Center established in California. It serves people living within the geographic boundaries of San Diego and Imperial counties.


  • Home and Community Based Services – Read about the a one day workshop, “Understanding the Federal Home and Community Based Services Rule: The Impact for California,” for SDRC Staff & Vendors on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
  • Changes in Federal Law for Autism Services – Read about the changes to Behavioral Services/Behavioral Health Treatment.
  • Public Input Requested: SDRC Caseload Ratio Plan of CorrectionThe Department of Developmental Services has found the San Diego Regional Center out of compliance with required service coordinator-to-client ratio averages. We are requesting your input on our plan of correction. Input is requested by June 24, 2016.
  • Performance Contract 2016 – San Diego Imperial Counties Developmental Services, Inc. 2016 Performance Contract Plan Outcomes and Activities.
  • Performance Report 2015 – San Diego Regional Center Performance Report 2015, summary.
  • Purchase of Service DataReport to the Department of Developmental Services
  • California Self-Determination ProgramRead more…
  • Foundation for Developmental Disabilities- assists individuals living with a developmental disability (cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or intellectual disabilities) to face challenges in the course of learning, working and living in the community. Please go to the Foundation Website for more information about current events.
  • Disneyland Community Involvement Program- Information about Disneyland Discount Tickets, and add your name to the Email List.