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

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

Virtudes Especiales

IRCs Cultural Specialist created a Spanish parent/caregiver support group that meets virtually once a month on Zoom.  Every month a different topic is presented, and the support group also serves as a platform to share resources, successes, and challenges that we can all learn from.  If you would like more information about this support group, please feel free to contact IRCs Cultural Specialist or send an email to [email protected].  All are welcome!  View monthly topics

More Support Group Collaborations

Virtudes Especiales

Zoom

Mari Rodriguez
909-495-3710

[email protected]

Group Name

Location

Group Leader

Contact Information

Angeles Con Futuro

San Bernardino

Blanca Loria
909-289-8051

Ernestina Marquez
909-659-9890

[email protected]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/angelesconfuturo

Angeles Especiales

Fontana

Helen Neri
909-699-3614

[email protected]

https://www.angelesespeciales.org

Broad Spectrum Broader Minds

Moreno Valley

Mayra Garcia

[email protected]

Padres Con Poder

Corona

Isabel Torres
951-733-2489

[email protected]

Padres Excepcionales

San Bernardino

Catalina Castillo
909-269-7010

Liliana Valenzuela
909-501-6878

[email protected]

NES Padres Empoderados Por La Inclusión

Coachella Valley

Liliana Ramirez
760-288-6229

[email protected]

Somos Una Voz

Victorville

Betty Carrillo
760-987-6691

[email protected]

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:

“At this time of year we are reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you find yourself surrounded by those you love.”
Kate Summers

IRC Cultural Specialist

IRC's Cultural Specialist works to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the community and helps to guide IRC's cultural awareness and diversity efforts. 

For more information, please contact:

Maria (Mari) Rodriguez
Office: 909-495-3710
[email protected]