Service Access and Equity (SAE)
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.
Missed any of our presentations? Find them here!
Somos Una Voz - Presentaciones
- IRC Employment Services - Upper Desert/SB County
- La Vida Después del Bachillerato
- La Excencion de Servicions Basados en el Hogar y La Comunidad
- IRC Housing Presentation - Opciones de Vivienda
SAE Conference 2023
- Respite/Social Recreation Presentation
- Enhanced Service Coordinator Presentation
- Self-Determination Presentation
- Employment Services Presentation
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Presentation
IRC 101 - CBO Training
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.
- Total Clients: 15,620
- New Clients (2021-2022): 1,491
- Clients with No POS: 5,424 or 34.7%
- Disparity: 2.06% (Increase)
- Total Clients: 4,268
- New Clients (2021-2022): 152
- Clients with No POS: 1,126 or 26.40%
- Disparity: -2.22% (Decrease)
- Total Clients: 18,084
- New Clients (2021-2022): 1709
- Clients with No POS: 5,279 or 29.20%
- Disparity: -1.02% (Decrease)
- Total Clients: 8,304
- New Clients (2021-2022): 490
- Client with No POS: 2,050 or 24.70%
- Disparity: 2.92% (Increase)
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:
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:
- Blog: IRC Attends Virtual Grassroots Day
- Article: Legislature, Governor Approve Major Funding for DD System!
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.
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:
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
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