An important role and critical function of Regional Center of Orange County is to advocate on behalf of people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Center employs a consumer advocate that individuals with developmental disabilities can call with questions or concerns. In addition, the Center supports families with special education advocacy services throughout a child’s school age years, and connects families with other advocacy organizations.

RCOC’s Consumer Advocate

RCOC’s Consumer Advocate responds to inquiries from people that RCOC serves, providing information on whatever topics concern them. These range from questions about the regional center and problems with a service provider, to information about self-determination and self-advocacy.

If you have a question or concern that you would like to discuss with RCOC’s Consumer Advocate, you can reach him by email at

RCOC Special Education Advocacy

When a person with developmental disabilities is a child, many of the services they receive are provided through the public schools. When families have difficulty with schools, they can receive assistance through special education advocacy programs that RCOC funds in partnership with area law schools.

Through these programs, law students under the supervision of expert attorneys work with RCOC parents to help empower them by teaching them about special education law, as well as their rights and responsibilities under the law. The goal is to equip parents with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective advocates, no matter what their educational or cultural background.

Parents who think they could benefit from special education advocacy services should contact their service coordinator.

Developmental Disabilities Advocacy Partners

Disability Rights California (formerly Protection & Advocacy)
People First of California
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Area Boards (Area 11 serves Orange County)