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Where Things Currently Stand for Families of Color

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Topic: Examining Racial and Ethnic Inequities Among Children Served Under California’s Developmental Services System

Did you know… Inequitable access to developmental services through California’s regional center system continues to plague communities of color. Despite California investing $66 million in the past six years on programs intended to reduce disparities between racial and ethnic groups, significant gaps in funding between children of different racial and ethnic groups persist.

We’ll Explore:

1) Key findings from the Packard Report: California Has Failed in Effort to Reduce Racial Disparities in Services for Children with Developmental Disabilities by Public Counsel

2) Recent efforts to address ethnic disparities through AB 1957 (Disparities within the Developmental Services System) and recent state audit reports.

3) Why the rapid population growth of children of “other ethnicity” presents a new cause for concern given this group’s worsening plight with disparities.



Brian Capra

Senior Staff Attorney | Children’s Rights Project

Who Should Attend:

Self-advocates, parents and caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities, advocates, nonprofit leaders, educators, direct service providers, and other key community stakeholders.


(Spanish Translation Available)


Date: October 4, 2022

Time: 6:00PM –8:00PM

Location: VIRTUAL on Zoom

( The Zoom link will be provided closer to the event date)

For more information

Please contact Mary Lee at Special Needs Network if you have any questions or comments,  at 323.338.9161 or mary@snnla.org