Parenting Black Children

Supporting Black Families in gaining ACCESS to resources & information so that we may thrive in Home, School & Community.

October Resource Newsletter:

Self Determination Program?

Executive Director’s Share: 

What is the Self-Determination Program (SDP)? 

Hello Beautiful Parents, Caregivers, Siblings & More - Who love and care for amazing Black Children, Youth & Adults experiencing Autism & Developmental differences.  


It’s the founder Ardena, momma to a beautiful Black Boy on the Autism Spectrum.   Our Parenting Black Children’s (PBC) program is focused on serving Black/African American families. Our communities have and continue to experience racial trauma associated with disparities and deficits in systems of care that should be designed to provide equitable access to services. 


What is the Self- Determination Program? The SDP and Person Centered Training provides individuals and their families with more freedom, control, and responsibility in choosing services and supports to help them meet their Individual Program Plan (IPP) objectives. This is the analogy I use: The Regional Center has 2 funding pots 1. Traditional program which is like a HMO and 2. SDP which is like a PPO insurance plan. The SDP allows for the family to choose its vendors for the services they are approved for and much more. 

For example under the SDP my son receives Piano lessons under the Social Recreational service and Swimming lessons under the safety services. We chose a local minority owned small business for one service and a large nation-wide business for the other. My son is truly thriving and has decreased some anxiety and increased his confidence around water. 

Take a look at the resources below. There are several ways to learn more about SDP. Join me every Wednesday for Virtual Drop in Hours (see flier) and look out for our SDP & Black Voices video to be released later this month.    

Equity Partners with San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center and Inland Regional Center

and recipient of DDS Service Access Equity grant since 2020.


Please visit our for more information and updates 

San Gabriel/ Pomona Regional Center

Community Outreach Department

If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about SGPRC client services, please contact:

Josie Martinez 

Community Outreach Specialists

(909) 710-8817




Monthly "Meet & Greet" Sessions

For all participants who have been selected for the Self-Determination Program to be able to meet and greet other participants and key staff at the regional center. This is also an opportunity to ask questions and provide us with topics of interest for future meetings.

Starting in August, these meetings are back to being held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 5p.m. - For questions about these meetings, please email

SDP Local Advisory Committee

As required by law, each regional center must establish a Local Advisory Committee to ensure effective implementation of the SDP and facilitate the sharing of best practices effective consumer and family training materials, implementation concerns, systemic issues, and ways to enhance the program.

These meetings are open to the public. These meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 6 pm. a - For questions about these meetings, please email

The Waiting Room - (SDP Family Support Group)

Education Spectrum in collaboration with the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center announces this monthly support group. The Waiting Room is designed to be a safe place to share, listen and learn for all Participants, Families, Parents, and Caregivers of the Self-Determination Program. Meetings will be facilitated by independent moderators. 

Meetings will be held on the 3rd Thursday of the month - Starting at 5:30 p.m. In English, Spanish, and Chinese languages.  

Inland Regional Center 

Community Engagement Department

If you are a parent or caregiver with questions about IRC client services, please contact: 

Mari Rodriguez 

Cultural Specialist


Take a Look at IRC's Newsletter: Access

October 27, 2022 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm

The Self-Determination Advisory Committee Meeting is a forum for IRC Consumers and their advocates to participate in discussions relating to the Self-Determination Program (SDP). This meeting will be held online using Zoom teleconferencing software.

For more information, please contact Alejandra Rivera at (909) 890-3201 or

Alan Munoz at (909)890-3383

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has partnered with State Council to provide a statewide orientation and training to all participants and families who are interested in participating in the Self-Determination Program (SDP). The Statewide SDP Orientation is one (1) Module that is two (2) hours in length:


Module 1: Self-Determination Program Orientation

  • Define the Self-Determination Program
  • Introduce the Principles of Self-Determination
  • Discuss the steps to join the Self-Determination Program
  • Introduce key roles and parts of the Self-Determination Program
  • Talk about next steps

Parent's Place FRC

African American Infant Maternal Mortality (AAIMM)

Additional Resources

Registration is now open for the upcoming two-day "Demolishing Stigma and Reclaiming Power, & Measuring Success: Disability in the Black & African American Communities" conference scheduled for October 25, 2022, and October 28, 2022. This FREE training is for people receiving regional center services, their families, and their families, and their circle of support. Service providers are also welcomed.