ABLE Account Website

The site from the ABLE National Resource Center is designed to be a one-stop shop for families, financial professionals and program administrators, with information about laws, regulations and product offerings in each state. Under the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act, individuals with disabilities can save up to $100,000 in special accounts without […]... >> read more

Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom: The Bay Area Adult Autism/DD Programs and Housing Summit October 23, 2015, held at Santa Clara University

Conducted by the Autism Society of the San Francisco Bay Area whose mission is “Improving the Lives of All Affected by Autism,” click here for a link to archived video of the conference sessions.... >> read more

Department of Disability Services, National Core Indicators, California Data Brief: EMPLOYMENT

Employment for people with developmental disabilities is of special interest to the Department of Disability Services and stakeholders. This data brief uses employment data from California’s National Core Indicators Adult Consumer Survey from 2011-2012 to assess California’s developmental disabilities service system and the performance among regional centers. The information is intended to be used to […]... >> read more is the U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. The site connects people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to helpful resources on topics such as how to apply for disability benefits, find a job, get health care or pay for accessible housing, or find organizations in the community […]... >> read more

US Departartment of Labor Website – ADA

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the US Department of Labor website has posted a time line of key legislation furthering the cause of individuals with disabilities. The website also contains personal stories shared by individuals with disabilities and gives you an opportunity to share […]... >> read more

The ARC and United Cerebral Palsy of California Action Committee

Advocating to our State and National governments to provide sufficient support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Check out their legislative action link.... >> read more

Disability Scoop

Disability Scoop is a nationwide news organization devoted to covering developmental disabilities. Founded in 2008, Disability Scoop provides daily coverage of issues concerning the developmental disabilities community.... >> read more

ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act

Passed by Congress in December 2014, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act enables the creation of special savings accounts by individuals with disabilities or their families called Section 529A accounts. The ABLE accounts will allow individuals with disabilities to open special accounts where they can save up to $100,000 without risking losing their […]... >> read more

A Video About Clausen House Programs

For our 41th anniversary, a video was put together explaining our Independent Living, Supported Living and Supported Employment programs from the perspective of our staff and some of our clients. Clausen House continues to offer these programs and has expanded our services to include Housing Search and Assistance, Vocational Training, Behavioral Health Services, Benefits Planning […]... >> read more

Department of Developmental Services

The California Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.  These disabilities include intellectual disability, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. Services are provided through state-operated developmental centers and community-based service providers that contract with  one of the 21 nonprofit regional […]... >> read more

Regional Center of the East Bay

The Regional Center of the East Bay (RCEB) is a private, non-profit corporation under contract with the California Department of Developmental Services to assure that appropriate services are provided for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Regional Center refers clients to Clausen House and works in partnership with our dedicated staff, family members and […]... >> read more

State Council on Developmental Disabilities

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities (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. For more information go to >> read more

Area Board 5

Located in Oakland, California, Area Board 5 is our local chapter of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Their mission is to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families have the same rights and opportunities as the general population. These include: The right to be protected from abuse, neglect and harm; the right […]... >> read more

Lanterman Act

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act and related statutes define the rights of persons with developmental disabilities and establish how these services will be delivered. The text of this statute can be found at the following link. >> read more

Lanterman Coalition

The Lanterman Coalition consists of 19 major stakeholders in California’s community-based service and support system for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Lanterman Coalition is committed to preserving the entitlements granted by the Lanterman Act and advocating against any elimination or reduction in services. Member organizations include the Association of Regional Center Agencies, California Supported Living Network, […]... >> read more

Olmstead Act

On June 22, 1999, the United States Supreme Court held in Olmstead v. L.C., that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  In 2009, the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice launched an aggressive effort to enforce the Supreme […]... >> read more