Lanterman House Presents Lecture on Regional Center for Disabilities

The Lanterman House will host a lecture by Diane Anand, former director of the Lanterman Regional Center, on Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Lanterman Visitor Center. The lecture will focus on the legacy of Frank Lanterman and the establishment of the regional center system for disabilities in California.
Anand was director of the Lanterman Regional Center for 37 years. She was hired in 1977 at what was formerly known as the Children’s Hospital Regional Center and remained in that position until June 2014. She was formerly a pediatric nurse and wanted the opportunity to work with children. She has a master’s degree in maternal and child health and a law degree from Loyola Law School. Her interest in maternal and child health made her interested in working at the regional center, which serves more than 9,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The regional center system was spearheaded by Frank Lanterman, a former state assemblyman and community leader who was a strong advocate for people with disabilities. In 1970, the decision was made to change the name of the flagship regional center in honor of Frank Lanterman, who helped pass landmark legislation for individuals with developmental disabilities in California.
The Lanterman Regional Center is a nonprofit that operates under contract with California’s Department of Developmental Services. It is one of 21 regional centers in California that together serve more than 275,000 individuals with, or at risk for, developmental disabilities and their families.
The lecture is free and there will be a reception afterward with refreshments. The Lanterman House is located at 4420 Encinas Drive in La Cañada Flintridge.
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