People who have a disabling condition found to be closely related to mental retardation that requires treatment similar to that required for individuals who are mentally retarded or who are at a high risk of giving birth to a child with a developmental disability may also be eligible for regional center services. Also, infants 0-3 who are at risk of having a developmental disability, may be eligible for Early Intervention services.
The Board of Directors has issued the following statement:
"We believe that all people with developmental disabilities should have the same opportunities as are available to all other citizens. In keeping with this premise, it is the philosophy of NBRC that its efforts be directed to promoting normalization, least restrictive alternative and dignity of risk for citizens with developmental disabilities and their families in Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties."
Based on this direction, NBRC believes:
Every individual has the right to lead his or her life in the mainstream of the community and to experience life conditions as good as those of the average citizen.
Plans affecting individuals with developmental disabilities must consider maximizing their freedom. People with developmental disabilities are - first and foremost - people. They have all the rights of other individuals in our society, and any restriction of those rights must be prescribed for a specific developmental purpose and only for a limited time.
People do not grow to reach their potential without taking reasonable risks. Denial of this aspect of human experience, under the guise of "protecting the less capable" or "making life easier for them," denies an individual the right to choose his or her own path and follow it.
People with developmental disabilities must be involved in the process of deciding what services and supports they need, should be given a variety of choices, and their choices must be given high priority.
Services should reflect and be sensitive to the diverse religious, cultural and ethnic characteristics of the catchment area. Models of service and support must be flexible enough to meet the changing needs of the local service area.
Services and supports designed to prevent the onset of a disability, or to minimize the impact of the disability, are a sound economic and human investment.
Any person who lives in Sonoma, Solano or Napa counties, regardless of age or income, who is believed to have or be at risk of having a developmental disability may receive an assessment from NBRC clinical professionals to determine if she or he is eligible for regional center services.
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