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Time to Speak Up in California!

If you are an individual with a developmental disability, a parent, support person or advocate, please take time to review this and consider voicing your support. Many thanks to Area Board XI for putting this information together!  Image


If Governor Brown signs SB 468, it becomes the law!

 SB 468 (Emmerson/Beall) will give regional center clients the OPTION to choose Self-Determination and be in control of the money that the regional center spends on their supports. They could hire support workers of their choice, from their own communities, contract with local agencies or businesses, purchase traditional services or do something completely different. Self-Determination gives people the tools to take responsibility for their services and their lives. If you have questions, please contact the Council at 916-322-8481.


Call or write:


State Capitol

Sacramento, CA 95814

Fax: (916) 558-3160

Phone: (916) 445-2841

Calling is easy! Just call the phone number and tell the receptionist who you are (you may have to hold for a while). Say you want Governor Brown to Sign SB 468, Self-Determination. Tell them that people with developmental disabilities and their families want the choice for Self-Determination. Thank them for their time.

Writing is easy! See directions and sample letter below. Just write it by hand or type it. Keep it SHORT! (1) Say who you are. (2) Say you support SB 468, Self-Determination. (3) Write a few sentences to tell him why this is important to you. (4) Ask him to sign SB 468. (5) Say thank you and sign the letter. (6) Include your return address.

Sample Letter

September 13, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown

State Capitol

Sacramento, CA 95814

Re:  Please Sign SB 468, Self-Determination

Dear Governor Brown, 

I am ____________ (a person with a developmental disability, parent, support person, advocate, etc).

I support SB 468 (Emmerson-Beall), Self-Determination. (Write a sentence or two about why this is important to you).

Please give us the CHOICE for Self-Determination, so we can take more responsibility for our lives. Please sign SB 468, Self-Determination.

Thank you.


Your Name

Your Address