Cultural Diversity


Through annual stakeholder meetings ACRC is working to identify barriers to equitable access to services and supports among consumers and develop recommendations to help reduce disparities in purchase of service expenditures. ACRC is continuing its efforts to identify best practices to reduce disparity and promote equity. Grant projects made available by Assembly Bill X2 1 (Chapter 3, Statutes of 2016) have resulted in the development and expansion of culturally appropriate services, service delivery, and service coordination.


Diversity Outreach Workgroup

Once a month, staff members of Alta California Regional Center volunteer to participate in a meeting to discuss how to better connect with and serve diverse populations.  The Diversity Outreach Workgroup or DOW is committed to providing outreach in the community and highlighting the experiences and successes of members of clients to be featured in Our Stories


Diversity Grants

Alta California Regional Center Workshops

ACRC provided workshops and webinars to staff, parents, and vendors of ACRC about topics that matter to them. Examples of the workshop topics provided include legal planning for an adult child, understanding Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (also known as the Medicaid Waiver), understanding the Individual Education Program (IEP) in English and Spanish, In home support services (IHSS) in English and Spanish, Culturally sensitive needs assessment and interviewing for service coordinators.


Language Access and Cultural Competency

The 2020-21 Budget Act includes $16.7 million ongoing funding for regional centers to improve and promote Language Access and Cultural Competency to better support the language needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, their caregivers, and their family members.  The primary purpose of these funds is to improve consumer and
family experience and to facilitate more consistent access to information and services
for multi-lingual, monolingual, and diverse cultural groups.


Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

The Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (CEDD), established in 2006, is one of 67 federally designated university centers (UCEDDs) across the country. These centers are authorized by the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), part of the Administration on Community Living within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Video Resources

Alta California Regional Center has recorded video sessions covering topics such as IHSS, SSI, and more. 


Cultural Competency Trainings

Diversity Grant

ACRC provided a foundational training to service coordinators and vendors on cultural competency and proficiency. This was followed by culture-specific trainings to promote sensitivity to the multi-ethnic communities served by ACRC. The presentations on each of the trainings provided are below.