SCDD Orange County Office

Upcoming Meetings

Program Development Grant Cycle 39

Regional Office: Orange County

Organization Name: *Project Independence

Dollar Amount of Proposal: $20,000

Goal Area Proposed: Employment

Proposal Narrative: The project intends to educate and promote competitive employment by providing much needed training to Orange County, CA. The vision is a community with the expertise and resources to increase employment opportunities for people with I/DD. In order to expand staff expertise and resources, this project will provide specific job development techniques and strategies to interested organizations that provide community services. Training will cover job matching, job carving, self-management systems and looking at job development from the business perspective. In addition, by providing information and resources to people with I/DD and their families, The project intends to address benefits and barriers to employment. The goals are to promote the upside of competitive employment by providing four workshops to people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout Orange County, CA, specifically targeting high poverty areas. The impact will be increased employment.

*Pending successful completion of the protest period. 

Training and Community Events

Inclusive Community Living for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Presented by Cathy DeMello, Executive Director, Alliance of Abilities

What is HCBS?  It is an abbreviation for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final regulations (or rules). These regulations state that effective March 2022, all HCBS programs provide people with disabilities full access to the benefits of community living and offer services and supports in settings that are integrated in the community.

What does this mean for me or my family member?  If they are attending a regional center day program, vocational training program, or licensed residential facility it may affect the structure of the program, including activities.  The new requirement will mean that those served by regional center will have increased opportunities to seek employment in competitive and integrated settings, control personal resources, and engage in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive regional center services.

How is the Alliance of Abilities Involved?  The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) awarded Alliance of Abilities/Integrity House & Harbor House a grant to help implement and set forth best practices for these new rules.  Alliance of Abilities Executive Director, Cathy DeMello, will share information and her experiences to successfully include individuals with disabilities in all aspects of community living.

When: Monday, September 25, 2017 from  6:00-8:00pm
Where: State Council on Developmental Disabilities –  2000 East Fourth Street, #115, Santa Ana, CA  92705
RSVP: Call (714) 558-4404 or use this link –

**Self-Advocates & Parents of Children/Adult Children with disabilities receive registration priority**
Professionals will be waited listed and accommodated only if space permits.



This workshop is intended for persons with disabilities, family members, caregivers, staff, and other professionals. Everyone is welcome.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! The Fair Housing Council of Orange County and the Orange County Office of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities invite you to attend a renter’s rights workshop focusing on:

  • Fair Housing Laws, pertaining to persons with disabilities
  • Renter’s rights for children with behavioral needs
  • Rent and rent hikes
  • Your rights to necessary repairs
  • Housing discrimination
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • Eviction rights

There will be time for questions and answers. Bring your questions and you will get answers from a fair housing expert!

When: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 6-8:00pm

Where: State Council on Developmental Disabilities, Orange County Office – 2000 East Fourth Street, Suite 115, Santa Ana, CA  92705  (cross streets: Fourth and Golden Circle)

RSVP: Use this link:  or call (714) 558-4404