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The regional centers are the first stop for most parents and caretakers looking to get help for their loved ones with autism. They are privately run organizations that manage funds set aside for disability services under California’s Lanterman Act.
Outside of the Bay Area
There are 21 regional centers in California.
We have listed the seven in or near the Bay Area.
For more regional centers, visit the full list at the DDS website.
Dispute Resolution for Regional Center Clients
Disability Rights California
Provides free legal information, advice and representation to regional center clients.
Navigating Autism Services
Navigating the service systems related to autism can be a confusing and overwhelming process. This presentation explains what the main service systems are and how to access them, including: insurance, school districts, and regional centers. Come learn about services in the community as well as what Children’s Health Council and Stanford provide.
Please note this is a partial list of resources and does not purport to include all organizations serving people with autism. Inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval. Organizations are listed at the discretion of Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area. The information is gathered primarily from public sources and is not guaranteed to be accurate. To suggest additions, please email [email protected].