DIVERSE JOURNEYS was founded in March 2005 from a very strong desire to help shift the focus away from a Corporate Service delivery model: To one offering people with Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities a chance to experience choice, opportunity, a beautiful home, a mentor to learn from, a life-long friend, a partner, and to be a provider of services with integrity and passion to make a difference and offer people a life full of hope, meaning and value.
Welcome to Our Journey
DIVERSE JOURNEYS has over the years chosen to stay small and invested in the people we support and in the people who provide the support. Relationship is the core of all we do. Our success can be attributed to this simple but effective Philosophy.
We chose our name to reflect our values. The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It mean understanding that each individual is unique and recognizes individual differences.
the history of treatment for people with developmental disabilities
Four decades ago, visionary lawmakers in California undertook a bipartisan overhaul of what had become a shameful and costly system of warehousing people with developmental disabilities in remote institutions. By passing the landmark Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (Welfare and Institutions Code, Sections 4500 and following) in 1969, they created the state-funded, privately-operated system of community care that has enabled those with developmental disabilities to receive the critical services they need in their communities through regional centers.
In addition to enabling parents of children with even the severest disabilities to care for their children at home, this pioneering system has provided a cost-effective means for adults with developmental disabilities to receive essential services and supports they need to live safely and with dignity in mainstream society.
This system has evolved as our understanding has grown with regard to the needs and capacities of people with developmental disabilities, and the challenges that they and their families face. Similarly, mainstream societal attitudes have changed, reflecting greater acceptance and appreciation for those with disabilities. California’s regional centers, in collaboration with a diverse pool of service providers have responded with innovative services and supports that have greatly advanced the original Lanterman vision of full inclusion for people with developmental disabilities in all aspects of community life. Likewise, scientific advances in recent years have yielded effective therapies for conditions such as autism, a developmental disability that was poorly-understood in the 1960s and was not even covered by the original Lanterman Act.
Now more than forty years old, the Lanterman Act remains unique in the nation. A 1985 California State Supreme Court decision affirmed the Lanterman guarantee of services. No other state has made a similar promise of community-based services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families.