SDRC list of Independent Facilitators.
Contact our Self-Determination Facilitators: Click here
To start with Beacons, please complete the S-D Questionnaire.
Lead a life of your choosing, with the team of your choosing! As of 2013, the State of California has adopted the Self-Determination program that enables SDRC consumers to use state funding to create their own daily activities and hire staffing teams so that they are not limited to SDRC vendor options and agency staffing. The State of California's Self-Determination program is an entirely new way of getting the funding and support needed to launch your life. This innovative option is a wonderful way to help SDRC consumers strengthen their control over their daily lives and starting summer 2021, should be available to any SDRC consumer wishing to enroll in the Self-Determination program.
To help create these plans, find staffing and create a spending budget, SDRC consumers may work with trained Independent Facilitators (funded by the SDRC) to help them create Initial person-centered plans so that they have a structured plan in place to launch the life they want. These facilitators work with the consumer and the consumer's team to explore the consumer's interests, dreams and needs, and then devise ways to help the consumer nurture those interests and realize those dreams by getting the support needed to lead their life doing what they want.
Our Beacons team has done countless person-centered plans as part of our Pathfinder program and now as self-determination independent facilitators, we can share our community connections and expertise to guide robust initial person-driven planning for individuals accepted to the state's self-determination program. We use tools to develop self-advocacy, bring together staffing teams, and mentors, and devise creative solutions to build a strong foundation for implementation of the plan.
Our initial-person centered planning service uses our Beacons "Lighthouse" program to make sure SDRC consumers and their trusted team members have a meaningful, easily understood plan to support the consumer's dreams and goals relating to employment, post-secondary education, advocacy, person-driven planning and general community integration. We can help a little or a lot - it's up to the client!
SDRC Clients: No vendor number is needed to access this service. Beacons, Inc. will meet with you, create a planning outline and cost-breakdown to make sure our process meets your planning needs. If the client agrees to proceed, invoices are submitted to the SDRC to obtain payment for services rendered by Beacons, Inc.
The Lighthouse Program: Our "Lighthouse" program explores the client's interests and needs, identifies local community resources based upon the client's interests and needs, and creates a "portable" plan that clients can take and update over the years. The Lighthouse PCP program has clear steps and tools to support the consumer and the consumer's inner team as they embark on a self-directed journey. Beacons was founded and is primarily run by families who understand the need for precise and individualized planning so that the future no longer feels overwhelming. Contact us today to learn more! Click here
Ages served: Beacons provides person-centered planning services starting with individuals who are within a year of exiting their high school district through graduation or by aging out of an adult transition program.
Ready to start? Please complete the Consumer S-D Questionnaire. After this questionnaire is received, a member of our planning team will contact you. Questions? Please contact: SD@BeaconsNorthCounty.com
Interested in Self-Determination?
Contact us to join our family and consumer informational meetings!
SCDD "Festival of Learning"
6/8/2020: Overview of Self-Determination Principles
8/10/2020: Beacons Starts around the 59: mark (Facilitator Lucile Lynch presenting)
SDRC informational meetings
Held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Visit the SDRC website for more information!
If you have already attended a SDRC informational meeting, and wish to go on the DDS self-determination list, please submit the consumer's UCI, DOB, name, and desire to be on the DDS selection list for the selection lottery to the SDRC (note: effective June 2021, anyone can enroll and will not need to go on a list, but will still need to inform the SDRC of the choice to enroll in the Self-Determination program).
Lucile Lynch brings her years of experience as an education advocate, attorney, public speaker and writer on special education issues to empower those with disabilities. As an educational advocate for over 20 years, she created tools to optimize learning outcomes in school districts. In 2018, she helped found Beacons and created curriculum to launch the Beacons vocational training workshops, all of which include person-centered planning units that result in person-directed plans and presentations. She helped facilitate the Beacons Leadership Council to teach advocacy skills, and ultimately created the Beacons Lighthouse program to help strengthen the voices of self-advocates so that they could make informed choices about their life plans and obtain the support and funding needed to implement those plans. She has twice been recognized by the North Coast Consortium for Special Education for her advocacy, and has presented as part of the State Council of Developmental Disabilities "Festival of Learning" on behalf of a self-determination pioneer. She works with self-advocates to learn who they are now and who they want to be in their future using assistive technology, individualized communication tools, and a wide range of input from those who want the best for those they love. For more information about Lucile, please visit our About Us Page.
Janet Schenker has a Master's in Public Administration from USC and a Master's in Non-Profit Management and Communal Service from Hebrew Union College. She has dedicated her life to being an advocate for others. From her younger years to her career choices, to her personal family story of having children with special needs, Janet has been a fighter for what is right and an organizer who makes things happen. Her first career was a community organizer, an advocate for civil rights, religious liberty, public education and women's rights, and an experienced project director for various organizations. Her second career has been as a property manager and owner of a residential senior property. Janet has been an unwavering advocate for her younger son with special needs as well as for her older son. In Orange County, she was active as the chair for the Community Advisory Committee for the regional special education consortium for Saddleback Valley Unified School District, and a member of the Brit Tikvah support group for families with special needs in her synagogue. Janet has facilitated a person-driven planning sessions as part of the Beacons PathFinder program and now contributes those skills as part of the Beacons Self-Determination division. For more information, please visit our About Us Page.
Bethany Britt is a trained independent facilitator who was born and raised in Southern California and is a graduate of La Costa Canyon High School so she has endless contacts throughout our community. Bethany has a BA in Special Education from Arizona State University and a Masters in Educational Counseling from National University. She holds credentials in Pupil Personnel Services, Educational Specialist of Instruction Level II and CrossCultural Language and Academic Development in the state of California. Bethany taught special education in a Moderate/Severe program for the Chandler Unified School District and coached the girls JV soccer team for Hamilton High School for two years. After returning to San Diego, she taught in both Mild/Moderate and Moderate/Severe programs for the San Dieguito Union High School District for 13 years. During her time at SDUHSD, Bethany helped lead the TAP program at Torrey Pines High School and La Costa Canyon High School. In 2015, Bethany won the Collaborative Team Award for the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education. Bethany is a valued member of the Beacons Independent Facilitation team for Self-Determination and brings her years of experience as a collaborative educator to help launch the dreams of those ready to live a life of their choosing!
General Information on Self-Determination
Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Link
This website gives a broad overview of the history, program itself, and includes links to other informational resources. Included on this site on its "Program Directives & Implementation Tools page is the "Individual's Budget Calculation and Certification Tool" used by regional centers to calculate independent budgets.
Fiscal Management Services (FMS) Rates Link
Lanterman Act (Self-Determination) Link
This section of the Lanterman Act provides information and definitions of key terms (for example, "Financial management services," "Independent Facilitator," etc.).
Role of the Independent Facilitator (SCDD) Link
Information discussing the role and requirements of an independent facilitator.
SDRC Self-Determination Information Page Link
This is the site of the San Diego Regional Center, which hosts updates and links to important information, informational meeting dates and more.
Self-Determination FAQs (Harbor Regional Center) Link
This is a user-friendly list of questions and answers for those exploring self-determination and need answers to common questions.
Generally required for anyone directly providing a service to a SDRC consumer. WIC § 4685.8.