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How does self-determination affect the Latino consumers within the realm of California's regional center system

The Self Determination Theory (SDT) has been used throughout the nation
 and has been applied in a variety of diverse fields and encompasses many different
 concepts, making the theory unique as well as universal. SDT not only analyses the
 different levels of motivation that one has, but also looks at the different types of
 motivation that ones needs to perform at their optimal state. SDT promotes personal
 agency, civil and human rights, the freedom of individual choice, self-direction and
 personal growth. This paper describes how the new Self Determination law for
 individuals with developmental disabilities was founded on the empirical principles and
 evidence-based practices of the Self Determination Theory (SDT). Analysis of prior Self-
 Determination pilot projects within the state of California are embedded in the research.
 Furthermore, this paper presents history and background on the founding of regional centers in the state of California, and the implementation of the first Self Determination
 pilot program. It documents the obstacles to implementing a self-determination program
 such as the one in California and includes recommendations for Regional Centers (RCs)
 to follow in the future. Finally it examines recent disparities for Latino consumers and
 how new implementations of the law may help improve the quality of service delivery
 systems.

The Self Determination Theory (SDT) has been used throughout the nation and has been applied in a variety of diverse fields and encompasses many different concepts, making the theory unique as well as universal. SDT not only analyses the different levels of motivation that one has, but also looks at the different types of motivation that ones needs to perform at their optimal state. SDT promotes personal agency, civil and human rights, the freedom of individual choice, self-direction and personal growth. This paper describes how the new Self Determination law for individuals with developmental disabilities was founded on the empirical principles and evidence-based practices of the Self Determination Theory (SDT). Analysis of prior Self- Determination pilot projects within the state of California are embedded in the research. Furthermore, this paper presents history and background on the founding of regional centers in the state of California, and the implementation of the first Self Determination pilot program. It documents the obstacles to implementing a self-determination program such as the one in California and includes recommendations for Regional Centers (RCs) to follow in the future. Finally it examines recent disparities for Latino consumers and how new implementations of the law may help improve the quality of service delivery systems.

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