Your Journey Begins With Us

Serving individuals and their families in San Diego and Imperial Counties.

The San Diego Regional Center offers lifelong support and services,
fostering connections between community partners, families, and
their loved ones with developmental disabilities.

We help to empower individuals not just to persevere but to truly
thrive and build a life of their choosing.

Discover how we can make a positive difference in your life.

Clients & Families

The San Diego Regional Center is dedicated to supporting you and your family by offering a range of services for people of all ages facing developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Our commitment to you and your family is to assist with services and support that promote as much

independence as possible. We advocate for opportunities for individuals to realize their full potential and actively participate in all aspects of community life from school and work to recreational activities.

Our programs and services are based on the age, desires, and needs of the individual.


+ infants & toddlers

Serving children from birth to 36 months. The first three years of a child’s life are critical. If you have concerns about your child’s growth and development, “California Early Start” is an early intervention program designed to ensure that eligible infants and toddlers receive evaluation and assessment early enough to make a difference in development.


+ school age

Serving children age 3 and up.
During the last six months of your child’s Early Start program, there may be decisions you need to make for your child’s continued success and development. These decisions may lead to a referral to special education and culminate in developing an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for your child.


+ transition age

Age Supporting adolescents transitioning out of school into adulthood. The transition to adulthood signifies an exciting phase filled with new opportunities. We strongly encourage you to start thinking about the transition process by the age of 14, well before it’s time to leave school. Allocating the time to gather information, make informed decisions, and explore a variety of options is crucial for ensuring a seamless and successful transition into adulthood.


+ adults

Serving individuals 18 and older. Turning 18 is a significant milestone that often raises questions about the responsibilities of adulthood. At SDRC, we are here to provide support as individuals navigate the transition into adulthood and throughout the various phases of their lives. Whether it’s addressing concerns, offering guidance, or facilitating resources, our commitment is to assist individuals in adapting to and thriving in their adult roles.

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service providers

SDRC takes pride in its collaboration with skilled and compassionate service providers who share our commitment to delivering high-quality services tailored to meet the needs of both individuals and families.

By empowering clients to choose services and supports that enhance their lives and encourage community involvement, our providers play a crucial role in fostering a sense of independence and well-being for those we serve. Their dedication contributes significantly to the overall goal of promoting self-determination and a fulfilling life for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

News & Events

Explore our calendar of events to stay informed about the latest happenings at SDRC and opportunities from our community partners that benefit both your family and your loved ones.

Stay connected with the latest news and information that can positively impact your experience with SDRC and the broader community.

We will keep you updated on the latest news from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), legislators, the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA), and more.


Build your career with us!
Join our dedicated team, passionate about enriching the lives of individuals
with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Explore our fantastic perks and benefits package like:
15 vacation days / 10 days of sick leave / 12 annual holidays / Flexible work schedules and more!

We value our teams and strive to provide a comprehensive benefits
package that supports both personal and professional well-being.

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About Us

Our core mission is to serve and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, nurturing collaborative partnerships with our community.

Together, we are dedicated to assisting the individuals we support in achieving their goals and living to their fullest potential. Through teamwork and shared commitment, we strive to create a supportive environment that enables each individual to flourish and lead a fulfilling life.

Key partners of the regional center system

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)

SCDD is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.

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Department of Developmental Services (DDS)

DDS works to ensure Californians with developmental disabilities have the opportunity to make choices and lead independent, productive lives as members of their communities in the least restrictive setting possible.

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Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA)

The mission of ARCA is to promote, support, and advance regional centers in fulfilling the purpose and mandate of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act.

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Persons with developmental disabilities will live productive and satisfying lives as valued members of their communities