Getting Started

Regional Centers

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.

Bay Area

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.

More information and presentation here.

Resource Library

View the full Resource Library here.