Newsletter // July, 2015
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 Message from
 Craig King, 
 Executive Director

We are working with the Lanterman Coalition to urge your participation in this
Call to Action:
Monday July 20, 2015 - Sunday August 16, 2015

The Lanterman Coalition Urges Advocates to Visit District Offices Over the Legislative Recess to Save Developmental Services in the Special Session 
It's been about 4 weeks since the Developmental Services  budget relief was removed from the state budget put into the Special Session and still no decisions have been made.  Meanwhile the urgency for our community continues to increase and the state of collapse worsens daily.  Please take some time during the legislative recess to meet with your representative in your district.  You can either set up a formal meeting in their district office or just go to one of their local events and talk to them there.
The Lanterman Coalition has developed a variety of talking points from several perspectives of parents, self-advocates, and other stakeholders in the developmental services system.  For more information on the severe underfunding of developmental services in California and the national comparisons check out our research page that also shows poverty statistics, the affordable housing crisis, early start, and system audits.
The Lanterman Coalition Fully Supports Senator Jim Beall's SB 2X-1, Across the Board Funding Increase
Ask your representatives to support SBX2-1, it mandates:
  • A 10% increase in the funding paid to a regional center and purchase-of-service vendors;
  • Funding to enable the regional center and the regional center's purchase-of-service vendors to fund certain costs related to minimum wage requirements; and
  • The Department of Developmental Services to develop a 10-year financial sustainability plan.
Meeting with Your Representatives Helpful Tips
PowerPoint Presentation: Advocacy Tips


  • Make an Appointment
  • Be on time
  • Be positive and friendly
  • State Reason for Visit
  • Personalized the issues
  • Reliable information
  • Engage in the problem solving
  • Encourage them to talk
  • Provide them with good contacts
  • Leave a written summary
  • Take a picture
  • Post the picture on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  • Write a thank you letter
  • Follow-up meeting later in the year
  • Have others write letters


  • Too many issues Too Complex
  • Too Many Facts and Stats
  • Stretching the truth for effect.
  • Answering questions you don't know
  • Messing around in the photo
  • Forget to write a thank you letter
  • Ignore the member the rest of the year
  • Ignore the member the rest of the year
  • Confrontational: The issues are personal to you, not them.  Personal attacks could close down communication

Craig C. King
Executive Director
Greater Opportunities
900 Lafayette Street, Suite 700
Santa Clara, CA 95050
408-248-4464 x23

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Summertime Fun and Fellowship
at Greater Opportunities

Consumers, staff and family members joined in the fun and games at Greater Opportunities Annual Barbecue in Central Park, Santa Clara. Everyone enjoyed the perfect summer weather, delicious food prepared by staff, and festivities including an egg race, a three-legged race, musical chairs, and dancing. Already, people can’t wait to know - when’s the next barbecue?!

See the Album Here!

Save the Date!

Greater Opportunities' First Annual Spaghetti Dinner

Friday, September 18, 2015, 6pm-8pm
Greater Opportunities Day Services/Adult Development and Activity Center
687 N. King Road
San Jose, CA, 95132

Meet the People We Serve!

Bob and Theresa

Theresa reiterates her love for her job, and that she’s deeply invested in what she does, “People with disabilities deserve to live like everyone else. They should have everything they need, and have the freedom and skills to achieve their goals, and that’s where Greater Opportunities comes in.” READ MORE

Wish List


Want to Make a Difference at Greater Opportunities?

Want to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve? You can help Greater Opportunities and our consumers by providing us with items and services from our wish list. 


Needed Items

  • Pots & Pans

  • Office chairs

  • Van/Prius

  • First Aid kits

  • Gas cards

  • Art supplies

  • Jobs

  • Clothing – New

  • Gym memberships

  • Transit passes

  • Food – especially protein & veggies

  • Event tickets

  • Musical instruments – bass guitar

  • Mini Ipads

  • Netbooks 

  • Printers

  • Video camera

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Office supplies

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