Inland Regional Center (IRC) is mandated by The Lanterman Act, an important and beautiful piece of legislation that resulted from advocacy efforts driven by a group of parents seeking change. The Lanterman Act states that “people with developmental disabilities and their families have a right to get the services and supports they need to live like people without disabilities.” Equity and inclusion are at the heart of such efforts. IRC continuously strives to connect with the community and takes pride in creating projects and collaborations to continue working towards equity, inclusion, and cultural proficiency.

Our Efforts

Our service access and equity (SAE) efforts are focused on four major areas, clients of Hispanic ethnicity, clients with a primary diagnosis of Autism, clients whose primary language is Spanish, and clients of Black/African American ethnicity.  IRC's SAE efforts are inclusive and available to all families; however, specific projects are culturally and linguistically geared toward closing the disparity gap among underserved populations.

The 2020/2021 POS data shows that IRC served 14,129 clients with a primary diagnosis of Autism, 9,315 clients received services, and 4,814 or 34.1% did not receive services purchased by IRC. In one year, there was a growth of 1,655 new clients with a primary diagnosis of Autism. When the data is compared to fiscal year 2019/2020, the disparity gap increased by 4.5%.  The POS data for fiscal year 2020/2021 shows that IRC served 4,115 Black/ African American clients, 3,002 clients received services and 1,113 or 27.1% of clients did not receive services purchased by IRC. In one year, there was a growth of 112 new clients that identified as Black/African American, and data comparison to the previous year shows a 3.9% increase in disparity.  The 2020/2021 POS data shows that IRC served 16,365 clients of Hispanic Ethnicity, 11,536 clients received services and 4,829 or 29.5% did not receive services purchased by IRC. In one year, there was a growth of 377 new clients that identified as Hispanic, and data comparison to the previous year shows that the disparity gap increased by 3.4%.  The 2020/2021 POS data shows that IRC served 7,819 clients whose primary language is Spanish, 5,940 clients received services and 1,879 or 24% did not receive services purchases by IRC.  In one year, there was a growth of 98 new clients whose primary language is Spanish, and when compared to data from 2019/2020, the disparity gap increased by 2.5%.

For more POS data, check out the Purchase of Services section of the IRC Accountability page.

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Addressing Challenges

IRC acknowledges the needs and challenges in relation to service access and equity, so what is being done to address it?

Community-Based Organizations (CBO)

Community Based Organizations are partnering with IRC to promote equity and help close the disparity gap that exists in the utilization of services.  The CBO programs available to the IRC community were made possible through SAE grants awarded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).  Here is a brief description of each CBO and their 2021/2022 projects:

Upcoming CBO/SAE Events

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Aug

CLAP Parent Workshops 2022

6:00 pm / 8:00 pm
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Aug

CLAP Parent Workshops 2022

6:00 pm / 8:00 pm
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Sep

CLAP Parent Workshops 2022

6:00 pm / 8:00 pm

Cultural Awareness and Diversity

Cultural Competency – A Tool for Equity

In December of 2020 IRC applied for a SAE grant from DDS for a project named “Cultural Competency – A Tool for Equity.”  This project was approved in the Spring of 2021 and was launched June 1, 2021.  This project allows IRC to put together cultural proficiency trainings and offer them to the different groups of individuals that surround a client’s life, such as parents, IRC staff, service providers, and the community.  The goal of this project is to surround our clients with culturally proficient individuals and raise awareness of the importance of cultural proficiency when providing services or engaging our clients.

Cultural Specialist Collaborations

More information related to legislation that impacts the DD community can be found here:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

IRC's Disparity Link team and the Cultural Specialist put together a list of frequently asked questions.  This list of questions comes from CSC experiences with clients and outreach events where the Cultural Specialist connects with active and potential IRC families.  FAQs can be accessed below:

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cultural Specialist

In order to better serve our Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, IRC has hired a new Cultural Specialist-- Estefania Pena! If you would like to contact Estefania, we have listed her contact information here. Stay tuned for an all-new Deaf and Hard of Hearing page, available soon on inlandrc.org.

Read more: Inland Regional Center’s New Deaf and Hard of Hearing Cultural Specialist

Estefania Pena, Cultural Specialist D/HH
Phone: (909) 332-3639
Email: [email protected]

Common IRC Language

As part of our commitment to strive towards equity, here is a list of common abbreviations that are often used as IRC language:

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Quote of the month:

“For all the moms who had to wait longer to hear a first word, who spent more time in doctor offices with their child than on playdates, who endure the countless ‘bad days’ and the stares from other people… For the moms whose child’s first friend was their therapist… For the moms who face special needs everyday… WE SALUTE YOU, LADIES!”
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