Take the COVID-19 needs assessment survey, check out the COVID-19 resources on our NOC and consider making a donation to help address food insecurity.
Lanterman COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey
Lanterman COVID-19 Encuesta de Evaluación de Necesidades

We would like to gather information from our clients and families to learn how you are doing, and whether you have access to necessary services and support. We also want to make sure that you know you can contact us for information, resources and support. Please help us to better help you by responding to this brief survey.

Take the Survey in English

Nos gustaría recopilar información de nuestros clientes y familias para saber cómo le está yendo y si tiene acceso a los servicios y apoyo necesarios. También queremos asegurarnos de que sepa que puede contactarnos para obtener información, recursos y apoyo. Ayúdenos a ayudarlo mejor respondiendo a esta breve encuesta.

Tomar la Encuesta en Español

Donate to Help Lanterman Families Experiencing Food Insecurity Due to COVID-19
Thank you to everyone who has donated towards our campaign so far. As of the end of last week, we have been able to provide food gift cards to 30 families and 35 adults living independently through your support.

The last several weeks have seen an unprecedented request for help from many of our families who have experienced layoffs and furloughs with the most basic of needs – groceries.

Only several weeks into this crisis, we have accessed much of the funds available in the Help Fund, way more than we expected, and we only anticipate it will become greater as the shutdown continues.

We are sharing food pantry information, and other community food resources with families, but are finding that most of these resources are beyond their capacity and not able to meet the greatly increased demand. As our service coordinators are checking in with families, this is the one need that our most vulnerable families ask for help with – food. Whenever possible, families are being provided with a local grocery store gift card, however, in cases where the family is not able to leave their home, staff from the Koch-Young Resource Center have facilitated home delivery of food.

All of us have been affected in numerous ways by the pandemic, albeit some even more than others, but we’re humbly asking for those among the Lanterman community that are able to, to contribute whatever amount they can to the Help Fund. So when families ask for help, we will have the funds to say YES.

Make a Donation to the Help Fund Today
Make an Offline Donation

To make an offline donation, make your check payable to:

Frank D. Lanterman Reigonal Center
(please note that it's for the Help Fund)

and mail your donation to:

Help Fund
c/o Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center
3303 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
COVID-19 Community Services and Resources in the Los Angeles Area
Check out the Lanterman Network of Care for COVID-19 Services and Resources in LA
We’ve compiled a list of community services and resources in the Los Angeles Area providing assistance related to COVID-19, as well as online resources. They are broken down into the most common category of resources we’re seeing, including food resources, financial resources, children’s resources, teletherapy and much more.

The Network of Care (NOC) also has a separate Coronavirus page that has nationwide Coronavirus news, California stats, info and resources about COVID-19, plus behavioral health telehealth resources. These resources can be found at: https://lanterman.ca.networkofcare.org/dd/coronavirus/.
Check out the Lanterman NOC for COVID-19 Resources
Tell Your Housing Story
Have you had trouble getting affordable housing?
California does not have enough affordable, accessible and inclusive housing. With the closing of developmental centers and decrease in the number of congregate settings, California needs to invest in community-based integrated housing for people with disabilities.
The Multifamily Housing Program (MHP) is one of the largest funding sources in California for affordable housing. Despite the intention to include people with disabilities, there are no specific incentives for developers to include housing for people with disabilities in their projects.
The MHP Public Comment period is open now until May 5 at 5 p.m., and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) has made it easy for you to tell your housing story. Click here: https://bit.ly/housingcomments.
Tell the Department of Housing and Community Development that MHP guidelines should reflect the unmet housing needs of people with disabilities and support housing developments that serve people with disabilities.
Click Here to Tell Your Housing Story
Importance of Early Identification and Intervention

April is National Autism Awareness Month

Early identification and intervention is a key to improving outcomes for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for a number of reasons. Early intervention is important because intervention is likely to be more effective when it is provided earlier rather than later in life. A child’s ability to learn is greatest during their first three years of life. Over time, it becomes harder to learn and make change. High quality early intervention can change a child’s developmental path and improve outcomes for both the child and their family.1

The Center for Disease Control’s Learn the Signs - Act Early (also in Spanish) campaign aims to improve early identification of children with autism and other developmental disabilities so children and families can get the services and support they need. Parents can follow their child’s development using developmental tracking tools (available in English, Spanish, Korean, and Chinese) through the Learn the Signs Act Early program and obtain early guidance for information, intervention and support should concerns arise.

At Lanterman Regional Center, the Early Start (also in Spanish) program serves children from birth to 3 who are born with, or at risk for, developmental delay or disability. We know that the earlier an infant or toddler with special needs receives appropriate services, the more successful we can be in minimizing or preventing future disabilities. For this reason, our Early Intervention unit works with families to access services and supports that help identify and treat developmental concerns including signs of autism as early as possible in the life of the child.

1.      The Importance of Early Intervention for Infants and Toddler with Disabilities and their Families.  National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, July 2011. 

Check out the Autism and Evidence Based Treatment Page on our Web site for More Info
Information and Resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

To everyone, please beware of misinformation which may be shared, and be sure to turn to reliable and official sources of information.

Following are links to local, state and federal resources you should visit for reliable information about Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Stay in Touch with Lanterman
Find Lanterman’s Instagram Account

If you have an Instagram account, search for us @frankdlantermanrc and follow our page from your phone app.

You can also view our Instagram page on your computer.
Have you heard?

You now have another great way to keep up to date with what's going on at Lanterman - our Facebook page. Like and follow our page to find out about the latest trainings, meetings, events and other information related to Lanterman and our community. It's also a great way to find out what's going on in the general news with regards to developmental disabilities.

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Be the First to Know...Subscribe to Lanterman's E-mail Bulletins
It’s easy to subscribe to Lanterman’s e-mail bulletins. Simply visit lanterman.org and click on “Subscribe” to provide us with your e-mail address. You will automatically be signed up to receive e-mail bulletins about information related to Lanterman Regional Center’s general activities and events.
Board Welcomes Your Attendance At Its Meetings
Anyone in the community is welcome to attend Lanterman’s board of directors meeting. The monthly meeting is conducted on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at Lanterman Regional Center. Contact Frank Lara in advance at 213.252.4902 or flara@lanterman.org so you can be placed on the list of attendees.

Learn more about Lanterman's Board of Directors
Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center