Become a Service Provider for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Alta California Regional Center is looking for individuals or businesses interested in a rewarding career supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities in South Lake Tahoe and Truckee.
In California, as in other states, large institutions dominated the service system for people with developmental disabilities through the first half of the 20th century. Public-funded community services were limited, and out-of-home care in large public and private institutions was typically the only service option available.
The growth of large institutions actually increased across the United States between the 1920’s and 1940’s as a result of social, political and economic views and policies of the time, in particular the eugenics movement. Eugenicists promoted the idea that the world’s social problems could be eliminated by using selective breeding to remove “undesirable genes” from the human gene pool. To accomplish this, eugenicists recommended that people they considered to be “unfit”, including those with mental and developmental disabilities, be sterilized or segregated from the rest of society in order to deny them the ability to reproduce.