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How The B.R.I.D.G.E. Project Is Helping Individuals With Disabilities Access Services

Updated: Jun 1



What we believe:


People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have the right to services and supports to help them live their most independent and productive lives possible.


The B.R.I.D.G.E. Project is a grant awarded by the Department of Developmental Services to A Better Life Together to educate the community about the services available through the San Diego Regional Center.


Our Project aims to educate members of the public about the San Diego Regional Center through presentations, meeting information sessions, resource fairs, and the like.


B.R.I.D.G.E. stands for Bridging Resources Into Diverse Groups Everywhere




Project Goals:

  • Educate members of the community about services available so those individuals can get the support they need to live their most independent life.

  • Explain the California regional center system and how that system works.

  • Assist individuals and families in navigating the San Diego regional center system to get the most robust plan for support possible.

  • Increase the number of newcomers and other groups served where English or Spanish is not their home language to bridge the gap in access to services.

What is the San Diego Regional Center?

  • A focal point for coordinating services for persons with developmental disabilities and their families

  • A state-funded, private nonprofit organization that contracts annually with the State Department of Developmental Services to provide services to clients

  • One of 21 regional centers in California


Who is eligible?

Anyone that has an intellectual or developmental disability that originated before age 18, is likely to continue indefinitely and was diagnosed by a licensed physician.


A developmental disability is defined as a severe and chronic disability that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment.


These disabilities include:


•Intellectual disability

•Cerebral Palsy

•Epilepsy

•Autism Spectrum

•Other conditions similar to intellectual disability - conditions that constitute a substantial disability in 3 or more of the following areas: Communication; Learning; Self-Direction; Capacity for Independent Living; Economic Self-Sufficiency; Self Care; Mobility



WE CAN HELP!

•With the individual’s or parent’s consent, we offer assistance with the intake process and advocacy during the Individual Program Plan (IPP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).

•B.R.I.D.G.E. Project specialists can assist AN SDRC client with contacting their Service Coordinator to update their IPP if needed.

•WE ARE ALSO ABLE TO PROVIDE COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO HELP IN THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES.


Contact us today!

Elizabeth Jackson, Project Manager

Email: ejackson@abetterlifetogether.org

Call us: (619) 832-5990


Be sure to join us weekly at 10 AM for our Wednesday Webinar Series: 'Getting Past The No', to ask questions, hear from advocates, and learn about community resources available.