The Westside Regional Center Vision and Guiding Principles
Three words guide Westside's staff in their relationship with clients
and their families, and in their vision of the regional center's
These words form the basis of four principles to which Westside is committed
for all of the services we provide. Those principles are as follows:
All people with disabilities and their families will benot only
integratedbut involved, included and welcomed in community life,
in jobs, in school and at home.
A Family Perspective
Each client will be viewed as part of a social unit defined as "family",
which includes those people who have a close and significant relationship
to the individual. Westside will support and protect the strength and
stability of this unit.
Individuals with developmental disabilities and their families will be
empowered to take control of, and responsibility for, their lives; to
make informed choices about where and how they live, where they go to
school, and where they work; to become active and influential in their
communities; and to become agents of change concerning their rights and
Putting People First
The focus will change: from bureaucratic to people-driven; from "professional"
on one side and "family" on the other to partnership. Both families
and staff will be encouraged to be responsible and creative, fortified
by a full range of information and education. Intelligent use of resources
will result in the highest quality of service within the parameters of
a reasonable budget.