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What is Self-Determination?

Self-Determination is a new way to imagine, plan, and live your life. It offers more authority over what services you buy, what those services look like, and how much you pay for them. It's an opportunity to think outside the box and be creative - what do you want your life to look like and what do you need to make that happen? Whether you decide to use regional center providers or find your own, Self-Determination means YOU are in the driver's seat. 







Attend Self-Determination Program Orientation




Create your Person-Centered Plan

Agree on your Individual Budget




Develop Services & Spending Plan


Select your FMS & Staff


Hold IPP Meeting




Begin the Self-Determination Program!

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Complete the Self-Determination Orientation in two easy parts!

Part 1: Create your LEAP account to complete the online course at your convenience.

Part 2: Attend a 90-minute live session with your SDRC team (registration information provided upon completing Part 1).​

Create Your LEAP Account HERE!

Done with orientation?

Help with your Person-Centered Plan is available!




Participant Testimonials

"My goal is to be a professional wood artisan.

I've started my own micro-business, Poli's Woodcraft, where I sell my hand turned wood & acrylic pens online and at face-to-face markets and fairs.

I use my spending plan to learn from small business owners and craftsmen, attend workshops, set-up my home woodshop, and receive assistance to operate my small business.

I plan social activities, attend craftsmen trade events, practice the skills for future independent living, and keep up on my health & fitness. The Self-Determination Program makes all these things happen."

Poli, Wood Artisan



The full rollout of the Self-Determination Program is here! 

On  JULY 1 2021, Self-Determination officially became an option for all individuals eligible for Regional Center services under the Lanterman Act. Learn more by joining our email list, attending a Local Advisory Committee meeting, or talking to your Service Coordinator. 


NEW On JANUARY 1 2022, the San Diego Regional Center hit a major milestone with 100 people officially enrolled in Self-Determination - meaning they are actively exercising control and authority over their individual budgets to purchase the services and supports they need to achieve their goals. San Diego Regional Center is ready to support YOU with your transition to self-determined services!

​Questions? Contact SDRC at or DDS at




The Disability Thrive Initiative was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift in how regional center services are currently being delivered to keep you and/or your family members as safe as possible.

Throughout 2021, the Disability Thrive Initiative will deliver free webinars, support, and a resource library to help the IDD community with the alternative services offered during the public health crisis. We strongly encourage you to take part in the webinars, and to stay connected to the Disability Thrive Initiative through their social media channels, so you can stay informed of the latest information about COVID-19 and its impact on your services. 

STAY INFORMED on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube

The Disability Thrive Initiative is presented by the California Disability Services Association and Easterseals of Southern California, in collaboration with the State Council on Developmental DisabilitiesThe Arc of California and California Alliance for Leadership and Education, and generously funded by the California Department of Developmental Services and San Diego Regional Center.

Together, we can thrive!

Latest Updates

San Diego Local Advisory Committee

The San Diego Chapter meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month and alternate between mornings and evenings - meetings are open to the public. The meeting agenda will be posted below prior to the meeting and will list the date, time and location. Currently, all meetings are held via Zoom. Meeting minutes are posted as they are approved. If you need translation please email us at at least 72 hours prior to the meeting and indicate what language you need.

Additional Information

Self-Determination has rules and regulations just like any other service system in California. Want to see for yourself? Check out the Department of Developmental Services Self-Determination page here. Below, you will find links to some of the resources on the DDS website as well as other resources and information. 

General Information