Resources for Clients


The resources listed here are specific to clients, and may be helpful for families and professionals.  They consist of links to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Client corner, links to publications developed by DDS’s Client Advisory Committee, resources to help clients ensure their rights are protected, and much more.  Take a look!


Paid Internship Program

What is the Paid Internship Program?

  • Work with your employment service provider to find a person-centered, paid internship in a community, integrated setting for up to 1,040 hours over 12 months.
  • Make minimum wage or higher
  • Possibility of getting hired on permanently after internship is completed. 
  • No cost to the employer– Regional Center funds all employer-related costs.

Facts abut hiring people with developmental disabilities:

  • Rated higher with fewer sick days and low absenteeism.
  • Arrive to work

Qualify for Medicare Earlier

for people with impaired vision or blindness

People with impaired vision or blindness can qualify earlier for Medicare. Medicare Plans helps individuals who have impaired vision or are blind answer questions about Medicare eligibility, coverage, and enrollment. They also share additional resources for people with vision disabilities to help them navigate their Medicare options.


Lending Works Inc.

Loans for People with Disabilities to Invest in their Businesses

Lending works Inc. provides interest free micro-enterprise loans to adults with  developmental disabilities. These loans finance start-up costs for self-employment and to assist in expanding a small business.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age,
  • are clients of Alta Regional Center,
  • or residents of California.

Learn more about their loan application rules.



Free Enrichment Programs

WeEMBRACE offers free leisure and enrichment programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They offer classes in dance, social, cooking, arts and crafts, health and fitness, and music. Their classes are designed to:


Lending Library for Chromebooks

ACRC obtained a limited number of Chromebooks available for clients and families who have an identified need for a device in order to participate in web-based services such as email, video meetings (IPPs, IFSPs, ISPs, IEPs, etc.), online therapies, accessing information from the web and/or applying for generic resources. The borrower can keep the equipment for up to three months, with monthly renewal if continuing need is confirmed by their Service Coordinator (SC).

Learn about eligibility requirements. Read the user agreements.


National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) represents the nation’s agencies in 50 states and the District of Columbia providing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. NASDDDS promotes visionary leadership, systems innovation, and the development of national policies that support home and community-based services for individuals with disabilities and their families.


People First of California

People First® of California, Inc. Self-Advocates Training Self-Advocates “We are people first, our disability is second!”