Our History

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The Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC) had its earliest beginnings as a local grass-roots advocacy movement of concerned parents in East Los Angeles, then known as the East Los Angeles Retarded Childrens Association (ELARCA). The video below highlights some of the history behind California's robust service delivery system for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the landmark legislation known as The Lanterman Act.

We're Here To Speak for Justice



50th anniversary booklet




This publication, produced by the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center, was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Regional Center system and provide a comprehensive, decade-by- decade historical account of the evolution of the Regional Center system in California.