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The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Act does not apply here, I am afraid. The Lanterman Act declares that persons with developmental disabilities have the same legal rights and responsibilities guaranteed all other persons by federal and state constitutions
and laws, and charges the regional center with advocacy for, and protection of, these rights.
However, the Act does not necessarily allow one who is disabled to mandate that the Court allow them to appear in a telephonic hearing.
The court can decide to allow a party of witness to appear via telephone by its discretion
. Good reasons are generally seen as:
-crippling disability that disallows leaving the home;
-financial inability to pay for transport to the courthouse;
-an illness; or
-a family emergency that disallows being at the court.
Per CAL. GOV. CODE § 11440.30, the hearing officer0" may
conduct telephone, television, or other electronic means." May - not must. And this is IF they agree to do so, and IF no other party objects.
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