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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. 



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Self-Determination Program Team Charter

Established 8/30/23

We are the Self Determination Team of the San Diego Regional Center.
Although we work in different departments and play different roles,
we share common goals to work collaboratively with each other and our community partners to identify ways to improve the program for everyone involved,
to provide information and guidance to internal and external stakeholders,
and to increase access for all members of our community.
We recognize that we have the ability to affect change,
and that we are at the forefront of the future of service provision.
As a team, we support freedom of choice and embrace positive change.
We find great joy in making a difference in people's lives,
and building relationships within our community.
We celebrate our partnerships with those receiving SDP services and their families.
We achieve our mission when we learn about the amazing things people are doing that they may not have accomplished outside of SDP.
We still have barriers to overcome and improvements to make,
such as developing more resources, improving outreach, access, and efficiency,
and the continued development of the SDP infrastructure
to support the growing number of enrollments.
We will accomplish this with teamwork, a proactive approach,
training (both internally and externally), and continued outreach.
We have the ability to improve communication and clarity,
by serving as subject matter experts and continuing to share the most current information about the program with clients, families, staff, and community partners.
We will be accessible to those who need us, to help navigate the program.
We will live by example, to show others what it means to truly be person-first,
to ‘think outside the box,’ to engage in ethical practices,
and to reflect the mission and values of the San Diego Regional Center in our work.
We are here to support, collaborate, problem solve,
and do everything in our power to see people thrive.
We strive to help clients and families create a vision of a more meaningful life,
and to realize it through the Self Determination Program.







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