DDS Survey, Directives, National Children's Day, etc.

DDS Survey: Please share with your families.

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) invites you to complete this self-advocate/family member survey to help us understand how COVID-19 has impacted our community and changed your services. It will be online till December 18th. DDS, regional centers, and service providers are working on new ways to safely support you. Completing this survey will identify what’s working, what’s not, and what is important to self-advocates and families.

The survey below includes fifteen questions and is available in 10 languages. DDS will share the combined information from all responses on its website.


Once you click on the survey link above, you have the option in the top right corner of the page to select alternative languages from a drop-down menu where it says “English.”

The QR code below will also take you to the survey when scanned with your smart phone’s camera


New Directives from DDS:

  • 11/19/20 - Self-Determination Financial Management Directive | more information

Enclosure – Alternative Nonresidential Services Sample Survey

Proposed Amendment to CA. Code of Regulations, Title 17:
The Department proposes to amend California Code of Regulations, Title 17, section 52000 by adding the definition of “assistive technology service” to more accurately align with Part C of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1431 et seq.). The failure to amend Title 17 regulations in conformity with Part C federal rules would negatively affect the Department receiving the full Part C grant for the Early Intervention Services.

The 2021-22 Budget: California's Fiscal Outlook
The annual Fiscal Outlook publication gives our office’s independent assessment of the California state budget condition for the upcoming fiscal year and over the longer term. We find the budget situation has improved considerably relative to the June budget act with an estimated $26 billion windfall in 2021-22. However, the state also faces an operating deficit beginning in 2021-22 and throughout the outlook period, growing to $17 billion by 2024-25. Our analysis also finds it is quite unlikely for revenues to grow fast enough for the budget to break even and erase the operating deficit. The 2021-22 Budget: California’s Fiscal Outlook report and the accompanying The 2021-22 Budget: The Fiscal Outlook for

Article Recognizing Essential Workers:
Recognizing the role of essential workers in caring for the Developmentally disabled | more information

COVID-19 Resources for Children From Birth to Age 5
The ED-funded Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center developed a COVID-19 website with resources for states and local programs serving young children with disabilities and their families.

ECTA and the Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) developed Determining A Child's Eligibility for Early Intervention Services Remotely. States are having to determine a child's eligibility for Part C ( Early Start)remotely using a variety of approaches, such as teleconference, videoconference, and sharing information and video synchronously and asynchronously. 

CA Early Start Referrals - Many Regional Centers are posting relevant Early Start information on their websites to remind the community that they are still open and accepting referrals.   More Information - check them out.

Upcoming events:
UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY - November 20, 2020 | National Today

Investing in our future means investing in our children — which is why the United Nations has designated every November 20 as Universal Children’s Day. It’s a time to promote togetherness around the world, awareness of the problems children face in every corner of the globe, and improve the welfare for all children.

Saturday 11/21/20- Self-Advocate & Family
Information Session in Spanish via Zoom on 11/21 at 10 am. Visit the “Events”
tab at this website to register in advance. See flyers for more information. Please help spread the word.

11/29/20- 45th Anniversary of IDEA -The IDEA exists to better support infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. Find out more about the history of IDEA.

January 25th, 2021- IDA Annual Policy update - Virtual Event. Check the IDA website for additional upcoming trainings

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox
IDA Liaisons

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