Demystify the California
Self-Determination Program (SDP)

Apex Social and The Rad Lab have partnered to help California families, Demystify the Self-Determination Program (SDP).

A live webinar was held on Friday, October 28th @11am PST.

Speakers Cathy Gott and Julie LaRose are both proud mothers of neurodiverse children and experts on navigating the funding processes for this community in California. The webinar covers:

  • A Step-by-Step Overview of the Self-Determination Program
  • Their personal experiences
  • Audience Q&A
  • Resources and checklists will be made available


Cathy Gott
Founder of Education Spectrum, Danny’s Farm Charitable Foundation & President of The Rad Lab

Cathy Gott has been working in the non-profit sector for more than 30 years and was appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities in 2017. She founded Education Spectrum in ’97, a cutting-edge social skills and community integration program serving children on the autism spectrum. The Center serves more than 400 families in the Pasadena, CA area. In 2007, Cathy founded Danny’s Farm Charitable Foundation, a petting farm employing adults with developmental disabilities and serving children in need, named for their son, Danny. Currently Cathy’s Consulting firm, The Rad Lab, consults for companies in the private and public sectors across the country, focusing on high-quality supports and services for neurodiverse individuals. Much of her time now is spent collaborating with Regional Centers to help families learn more about California’s Self-Determination Program. Cathy, and her husband Jim, are passionate about helping other parents navigate their way through the joys and challenges of having children with autism.

Julie LaRose
COO of The Rad Lab, Independent Facilitator

Born and raised in Minnesota, Julie LaRose has extensive experience in Business Management, and Consulting with families and organizations within the neuroudiverse community and is the COO of The Rad Lab. She is also the proud mother, champion, and advocate of two neurodiverse children, one of whom is nonverbal. Julie is an Independent Facilitator, trained in the Liberty Plan Method, accredited in the person-centered practice of “Planning Live,” and certified through The Guidelight Group. Each aspect of Julie’s background has intersected, translating her entrepreneurial, visual, and artistic skills to drive and elevate programs and lives from a Person-Centered based perspective. Her Midwestern values, desire to hold space, and collaborative spirit and have given her a unique ability to make people feel at ease and serve the needs of others. She aims to share what she has learned as a parent, facilitator, and businesswoman to serve the IDD community and encourage individuals to live by choice and not by chance.

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