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About Lanterman Parents Coordinating Council and Friends

The Parents Coordinating Council is the organization of families and friends of Lanterman Developmental Center residents. We are dedicated to the support of our children at LDC through involvement, advocacy, and donations. The PCC is a not-for-profit organization; our resources come from membership, donations, and fundraising.

The PCC is opposed to the recommendation to close Lanterman Developmental Center. Our present focus is to address this recommendation by bringing information to families on all aspects of a developmental center closure, and educating legislators and others on the role of Lanterman Developmental Center in the total spectrum of services needed by individuals with a developmental disability.

The PCC is also a part of the California Association of State Hospital Parent Councils for the Retarded (CASHPCR), a state-wide council of developmental center families; CAR, an organization of congregate care facilities; and Voice of the Retarded (VOR) a national advocacy group.


Since 1964, the PCC has sponsored special projects for the residents of Lanterman
The Rustic Camp, built in 1968, and designed for full access to enjoy nature.
Donations to the MOVE project, to purchase physical therapy equipment.
The Carousel, a 1930's beauty enjoyed for many years.
A piano for the musical talent among residents and staff.
Computers for several Lanterman residences.
A wheelchair swing for Richardson Park.
Richardson Park upgrades and landscaping.
Improvements in George DeBell auditorium, used for movies, dances, worship.
Support of the Special Olympics with donations and volunteers.
Donations to the Residents Benefit Fund for parties and trips.
Participation in the Human Rights Committee, the Resident Benefit Fund, the Governor's Advisory Board, the Behavior Support Committee, and others.
Arranging educational meeting for families on topics related to their children.
Maintenance of a library of family information, also available by mail and email.
Individual support to families with questions concerning Lanterman
Publication of the CONTACT, full of helpful information and news about our children and about Lanterman.
Recognition of exemplary employees to let everyone know how much we appreciate their care of our children.
Regular meetings with Lanterman administration to make sure that we have effective communication and work together to solve problems.
Meetings with our local, state, and national representatives to let them know how important quality care for our children is and how Lanterman and other DCs provide that quality care.



Tel: 909/444-7572