Lanterman Regional Center Unveils Community-Based Web Site for People with Developmental Disabilities, Their Families and Service Providers

April 20, 2007
Network of Care

LOS ANGELES – Lanterman Regional Center today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with developmental disabilities. Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of developmental disability services.

Sponsored by an innovation grant from the State of California in partnership with Lanterman Regional Center, Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities (www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for California and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with developmental disabilities, Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities ensures they will find resources and timely information specific to their needs. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.

"I am thrilled that the Lanterman Center is launching its own Network of Care Web site," said Lanterman’s Resource and Information Specialist, Vinita Anand.  "As our population continues to grow, it is vitally important that we expand and improve upon the services and programs that we provide to our community. This valuable resource will increase access and knowledge of existing services and will enable more people to communicate to each other about their interests and concerns connected to developmental disabilities."

The Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the multitude of various service providers in Los Angeles County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time.  Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific conditions, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning developmental disabilities.

To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.