Understanding the Diagnosis:
A Guide for Families
Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. These conditions begin during the developmental period, may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime.
Receiving a diagnosis of a developmental disability comes with a lot of information, paperwork, appointments, changes, and feelings. You may have many questions regarding developmental disabilities. As you look for answers, you will encounter information about the various conditions, their causes, and possible treatments. All of this information may make it challenging to organize options and begin to choose a treatment plan that best fits your family.
It is natural to want to identify the single root cause of the diagnosis. Many families may battle with feelings of guilt and/or shame. Please understand that these diagnoses are complex and there may not be a single factor that has been identified as the cause. Know that families and caregivers can be strong advocates and have high expectations of a person/family member with the disability.
Westside Regional Center anticipates supporting you and your family as you proceed from the initial diagnosis to ongoing support services. You are not alone in this process. For additional information about diagnosis, you may contact your service coordinator, WRC’s Staff Psychologist, Kaely Shilakes, Psy.D at 310-258-4157, or click on the following documents below:
Disability Related Information
Síndrome de Asperger
Red de Asperger / Autismo trabaja con individuos, familias y profesionales para ayudar a las personas con Síndrome de Asperger o con perfiles de autismo similares a construir vidas conectadas y significativas. Hacemos esto proporcionando información, educación, comunidad, apoyo y defensa, todo en un ambiente de validación y respeto.
Síndrome de Asperger y Asociación de Autismo de Alto Funcionamiento presta servicios a individuos en el espectro del autismo, a sus familias y a los profesionales que trabajan con ellos, brindándoles recursos y apoyo cruciales a medida que enfrentan desafíos, desarrollan sus fortalezas y desarrollan su potencial.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Disorder Association has become the source for information and resources exclusively for and about adult ADHD. ADDA brings together scientific perspectives and the human experience to generate hope, awareness, empowerment and connections worldwide in the field of ADHD.
Agregar recursos Ayudar a las personas con TDAH a alcanzar su máximo potencial a través de la educación, el apoyo y las oportunidades de establecer contactos.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Centro de Autismo de Excelencia La misión del centro es descubrir una firma biológica y de comportamiento temprana de los bebés en riesgo de autismo desde los 12 meses.
Manual para padres sobre el autismo explica qué hacer si cree que su hijo tiene autismo y dónde encontrar ayuda.
Fundación de la ciencia del autismo la misión es apoyar la investigación del autismo al proporcionar financiamiento y otra asistencia a los científicos y organizaciones que realizan, facilitan, publican y difunden la investigación del autismo. La organización también proporciona información sobre el autismo al público en general y sirve para aumentar la conciencia sobre los trastornos del espectro autista y las necesidades de las personas y familias afectadas por el autismo.
Sociedad de Autismo de América es la organización de autismo de base líder en la nación. Trabajan para aumentar la conciencia pública sobre los temas cotidianos sobre las personas de todo el espectro, abogan por servicios apropiados para personas de todas las edades y brindan la información más reciente sobre tratamiento, educación, investigación y defensa.
Sociedad de Autismo de Los Ángeles es una corporación sin fines de lucro 501c3 que atiende a millones de personas en el área de Los Ángeles afectada por el autismo. Su objetivo es mejorar las vidas de todos los afectados por el autismo en el Condado de Los Ángeles al capacitar a las personas con autismo, a sus familias y a los profesionales a través de la defensa, la educación, el apoyo y la colaboración comunitaria.
El autismo habla se dedica a promover soluciones, en todo el espectro y durante toda la vida, para las necesidades de las personas con autismo y sus familias a través de la promoción y el apoyo; aumento de la comprensión y aceptación de las personas con trastorno del espectro autista; y avanzar en la investigación de las causas y mejores intervenciones para el trastorno del espectro autista y las afecciones relacionadas.
Centro UCLA para la Investigación y Tratamiento del Autismo implica comprender los orígenes de las deficiencias sociales, comunicativas y de lenguaje demostradas por personas con autismo. También se enfoca en el diseño y prueba de intervenciones de tratamiento experimental.
Asociación Americana de Psiquiatría es una organización de psiquiatras que trabajan juntos para garantizar un cuidado humano y un tratamiento eficaz para todas las personas con enfermedades mentales, incluidos los trastornos por uso de sustancias. Es la voz y conciencia de la psiquiatría moderna. Su visión es una sociedad que cuenta con diagnóstico y tratamiento psiquiátrico de calidad accesible.
Ciegos o deficientes visuales
American Council of the Blind is a national organization of blind, visually impaired and sighted individuals whose purpose is to work toward independence, security, equality of opportunity, and improved quality of life for all blind and visually impaired people. ACB programs and services include “The ACB Braille Forum,” a bi-monthly publication, numerous scholarship awards; ACB’s annual convention; the Audio Description Project; ACB Radio; ACB’s national information hotline; program consultation; membership services; public awareness; outreach to disability, businesses and government agencies to collaborate on programs and activities to benefit the blindness community; and active participation in the national legislative and advocacy scene. ACB is also a valuable resource for information on programs and services in the blindness field and laws affecting blind people.
Fundación Americana para los Ciegos proporciona recursos, investigación y defensa para las personas ciegas o con discapacidad visual, las personas que trabajan con ellos y el público en general. Una de las embajadoras más famosas de la fundación fue Helen Keller, quien pasó 40 años trabajando para la organización.
Braille Institute is a non-profit organization offering a broad range of free programs, classes and services serving thousands of students of all ages to empower themselves to live more enriching lives with blindness and vision loss.
California Association of Blind Students answer your questions and address your concerns regarding the education and related services that blind students receive. We change what it means to be a blind student, educate others about blindness, and teach blind students the alternative techniques for gaining a fulfilling education, preparing them for satisfying careers and bright futures.
California Council of the Blind mission is to increase the independence, security, equality of opportunity, and quality of life for all Californians who are blind and visually impaired.
National Federation of the Blind of California assist blind persons to acquire the skills of independence; develop confidence in themselves through our many service activities; encouraging seniors to continue their active and meaningful lifestyles; prepare blind students for productive tax-paying careers through academic and training scholarships; inform diabetics about their options for coping with vision loss; support parents and friends of blind children with information about the capabilities of the blind; protect and promote the civil rights of blind persons through public education and legislative action; advocate for policies that eliminate discrimination and guarantee equal access to educational programs and high quality rehabilitation; educate the public through seminars, community activities and our publications.
National Organization of Parents of Blind Children is a national membership organization of parents and friends of blind children reaching out to each other to give vital support, encouragement, and information.
Wayfinder Family Services provide expert, individualized support and services to children, youth and adults, from those who have vision loss or profound special needs to foster youth with serious medical conditions or trauma, and their families.
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine is an Academy of over 1,100 health professionals dedicated to providing multidisciplinary scientific education and promoting excellence in research and services for the benefit of people with and at risk for cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities.
Center for Cerebral Palsy at UCLA se dedica a mejorar la función en niños y adultos con parálisis cerebral a través de un programa de diagnóstico oportuno, evaluación integral y tratamiento individualizado.
Grupo de parálisis cerebral ofrece recursos e información sobre la parálisis cerebral para las familias y las personas diagnosticadas con parálisis cerebral.
Mi hijo en la parálisis cerebral proporciona información, consejos, recursos, estímulo e inspiración a las personas afectadas por la parálisis cerebral.
Parálisis Cerebral Unida de los condados de Los Ángeles, Ventura y Santa Bárbara (UCPLA) La misión es promover la independencia, la productividad y la plena ciudadanía de las personas con parálisis cerebral, síndrome de Down, autismo y otras discapacidades intelectuales y de desarrollo.
Sordera / pérdida de audición
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provide support, information, resources and more to help guide you on your journey.
American Society for Deaf Children provide resources to help your deaf child and to understand the possibilities for your child’s future. Access to visual language resources and support for your child’s development.
Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) support the empowerment of deafened people. Late-Deafened Adults are people who have lost the ability to understand speech with or without hearing aids after acquiring spoken language. ALDA is committed to providing a support network and a sense of belonging by sharing our unique experiences, challenges and coping strategies, helping one another find practical solutions and emotional support, and working together with other organizations and service providers for our common good.
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD) specific and primary purpose is to act as a coordinating agency that addresses the broad social service needs of deaf and hard of hearing people through direct service provision, advocacy, research and dissemination of information regarding deafness to parents, professionals and consumers.
Hearing Loss Association of America, Los Angeles Chapter work at the local level to open the world of communication through information, education, advocacy and support
Asociación Nacional de Sordos es la principal organización de derechos civiles de la nación, por y para personas sordas y con dificultades auditivas en los Estados Unidos de América.
National Cued Speech Association supports effective communication, language development (international languages) and literacy in families with deaf, hard of hearing or learning disabled infants, children and youth through the use of Cued Speech.
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and supports research in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language.
Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) Center provides quality training and support for those who want to learn or improve their Signing Exact English skills. On this website, you will find upcoming SEE Training Online classes and Workshops.
Síndrome de Down
Envejecimiento y síndrome de Down: una guía de salud y bienestar es un folleto para adultos con síndrome de Down, sus familias y cuidadores que necesitan información y educación precisas sobre qué anticipar como parte del envejecimiento, para que puedan sentar las bases para un envejecimiento exitoso. Haga clic aquí para leerlo en español.
Club 21 Learning and Resource Center provide the educational tools and resources that enable individuals with Down syndrome to be fully included.
Asociación de Síndrome de Down de Los Ángeles está aquí para mejorar el bienestar de las personas con síndrome de Down y sus familias a través del desarrollo y la promoción de programas educativos, de asesoramiento, de empleo y recreativos, y para aumentar la conciencia pública, la comprensión y la aceptación del síndrome de Down.
National Down Syndrome Congress is a national resource of support and information about Down syndrome, from the moment of a prenatal diagnosis through adulthood.
Sociedad Nacional de Síndrome de Down trabaja todos los días para aumentar la conciencia pública sobre el síndrome de Down y descubrir sus causas subyacentes a través de la investigación, la educación y la defensa.
Asociación Nacional para el Diagnóstico Dual (NADD) Es una asociación para personas con discapacidades del desarrollo y necesidades de salud mental.
Llegar a través de LA es un programa de colaboración entre sistemas administrado por Westside Regional Center. El programa se centra en reconocer y abordar las necesidades de las personas con diagnóstico dual. Fue establecido en 2008 y es posible gracias a los fondos otorgados por la Ley de Servicios de Salud Mental (MHSA) del Departamento de Servicios de Desarrollo de California.
Ciudadanos unidos por la investigación en epilepsia. es la principal agencia no gubernamental totalmente comprometida con el financiamiento de la investigación en epilepsia. La misión de CURE es curar la epilepsia, transformando y salvando millones de vidas. Identificamos y financiamos investigaciones de vanguardia, desafiando a científicos de todo el mundo a colaborar e innovar en la búsqueda de este objetivo.
La Fundación de la Epilepsia asegurará que las personas con convulsiones puedan participar en todas las experiencias de la vida y prevendrán, controlarán y curarán la epilepsia a través de la investigación, la educación, la defensa y los servicios. Este sitio tiene información general sobre la epilepsia, así como información sobre investigación, programas y defensa.
National Association of Epilepsy Centers supports epilepsy centers in delivering quality comprehensive care to people with epilepsy, by setting standards of care, advocating for access to high quality epilepsy center services, and providing knowledge and resources to its member centers.
Síndrome X frágil
Encontrar una cura para X frágil es una organización sin fines de lucro, exenta de impuestos, comprometida a encontrar una cura para la X frágil. FRAXA ha financiado más de $ 26 millones en investigación biomédica, lo que ha generado descubrimientos que están cambiando la vida de las familias que enfrentan la X frágil.
Fragile X Association of Southern California was formed in 1996 to promote public awareness of Fragile X Syndrome with special emphasis on educators and health professionals; provide a forum for families of children with Fragile X to meet and share their ideas, concerns, and problems; and support scientific research on Fragile X Syndrome.
Síndrome Nacional X Frágil tiene los últimos artículos, noticias y eventos, junto con historias directamente de las familias a las que sirven. Su misión es brindar un apoyo inquebrantable a todas las familias afectadas por Fragile X, mientras persigue incansablemente una cura.
Asociación Americana de Discapacidades Intelectuales y del Desarrollo promueve políticas progresivas, investigaciones sólidas, prácticas efectivas y derechos humanos universales para personas con discapacidades intelectuales y de desarrollo.
El arco es para personas con discapacidades intelectuales y de desarrollo donde promueven y protegen los derechos humanos de las personas con discapacidades intelectuales y de desarrollo y apoyan activamente su inclusión y participación plenas en la comunidad durante toda su vida.
Dificultades de aprendizaje
LD en línea busca ayudar a los niños y adultos a alcanzar su máximo potencial proporcionando información y consejos precisos y actualizados sobre las discapacidades de aprendizaje y el TDAH. El sitio cuenta con cientos de artículos útiles, multimedia, columnas mensuales de expertos destacados, ensayos en primera persona, escritura e ilustraciones para niños, una guía de recursos completa, foros muy activos y un directorio de referencias de Páginas Amarillas de profesionales, escuelas y productos.
Learning Disabilities Association of America brinda apoyo a las personas con discapacidades de aprendizaje, a sus padres, maestros y otros profesionales con información de vanguardia sobre las discapacidades de aprendizaje, soluciones prácticas y una amplia red de recursos. Estos servicios hacen de LDA el principal recurso para obtener información sobre las discapacidades de aprendizaje.
Centro Nacional de Discapacidades de Aprendizaje proporciona información a padres, profesionales e individuos con discapacidades de aprendizaje, promueve la investigación y los programas para fomentar el aprendizaje efectivo, y aboga por políticas para proteger y fortalecer los derechos y oportunidades educativos.
Resources in the Community
These are services that are available to the general public and typically funded by the government or local community. There may be eligibility requirements that need to be met in order to access these services. Westside Regional Center (WRC) wants you to increase awareness of these opportunities as they may support you and your family’s needs in ways that WRC may be unable to do. WRC is considered the payer of last resort which means that some services may be funded by WRC after we have explored and exhausted all other possible sources. This is not an exhaustive resource list.
ACCESSIBILITY IN THE COMMUNITY
County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services – Do you have a disability that makes it hard for you to apply for benefits or meet program requirements? We can give you extra help. You do not need to give us your medical papers/proof of your condition. We can help you with: getting through lines; reading our documents and forms; filling out our forms; getting documents we need; changes to program rules and work requirements; making appointments; other reasonable accommodations and modifications.
Department of Motor Vehicles – If you need to visit a DMV office and would like to request reasonable accommodations during your visit, you can make an appointment by calling the Telephone Service Center or by using the online appointment service. When you arrive at the DMV office, check-in at the “Start Here” Appointment/Persons with Disabilities Only window in the field office to receive a Queue ticket for DMV services. To find out what accommodations are available to you, call the Telephone Service Center at (800) 777-0133.
Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles – Any court user with a disability can ask for accommodation. The accommodation must be for a court service, program or activity, including going to the court to testify, appear in a case or serve on jury duty. The kind of accommodation depends on the needs of the person with the disability. Every county court has at least one ADA coordinator to handle accommodation requests. Please make your request as far in advance as you can by contacting the ADA coordinator or requesting a MC-410 form.
AGING & OLDER ADULTS (55 years +)
Servicios de Protección de Adultos (APS) – Provides help to older adults (65 years and older) and dependent adults (18-64 who are developmentally, physically or mentally disabled), when these adults are unable to meet their own needs, or are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
Alzheimer’s Association, Southland Chapter – A voluntary health organization that works to provide care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. They offer: a 24/7 helpline staffed by specialists and master’s-level clinicians who offer information and referrals; support groups for caregivers and others dealing with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia; online resources; education programs (in English and Spanish); and more.
BenefitsCheckUp, National Council on Aging – You can search for benefits or programs that meet your unique individual needs, which include: income assistance; food and nutrition; housing and utilities; tax relief; transportation; and more!
California Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) – HICAP counselors located in your area can help with questions about Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Supplemental (Medigap) Policies and Long-Term Care Insurance. HICAP counselors receive extensive training and are registered with the California Department of Aging. All HICAP counseling appointments are free, private and confidential. For individuals who are homebound, in-home consultation is available. Contact HICAP to schedule an appointment.
California Healthier Living – Their workshops help you learn ways to manage your health, so that you can feel better and live life more fully, every day. Most workshops run for around 2-2 ½ hours once a week for 6-8 weeks, depending on the program. There are 3 types of workshops: Health Self-Management Programs; Falls Prevention & Physical Activity Programs; and Caregiver Support & Memory Programs. Find a workshop near you.
Community Center/ Senior Citizen Center/ Senior Centers offer a wide variety of programs and services. including: meal and nutrition programs; information and assistance; health, fitness and wellness programs; transportation services; public benefits counseling; employment assistance; social and recreational activities; and more. Find your local center today!
Eldercare Locator has been linking those who need assistance with state and local agencies on aging, as well as community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers. Whether help is needed with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver needs training and education or a well-deserved break from caregiving responsibilities, the Eldercare Locator is there to point that person in the right direction.
Family Caregiver Support Program (FCSP) provides support to unpaid caregivers caring for elderly relatives, or to older caregivers of younger family members. The purpose of the program is to help minimize the negative emotional, physical, and financial consequences of unpaid family caregiving. Eligible Caregivers are adult family members or another individual who provides unpaid care to an older individual (ages 60 or older) or an individual of any age with Alzheimer’s disease.
Los Angeles Alliance for Community Health & Aging offer health programs to help you take small steps and make big life changes. Health programs offered are: Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, Diabetes Self-Management Program, Fall Prevention Program, and more. You may register for a program online or you may call and email the local program coordinator through the contact information provided in each workshop listing.
Meals on Wheels America is the community-based program designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors by delivering nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks. Look for a local program near you.
Scan Health Plan, Independence at Home is a free community-based service committed to helping aging adults and their caregivers with a full range of programs designed to connect them to the healthcare services they need. Call (866) 563-7380.
Senior Information and Assistance Program (I&A) staff assess individuals’ needs and link them to local services or provide referrals to programs in other communities. The I&A program provides accurate and up-to-date information about different support programs and services available within the local community. Call (800) 510-2020.
Traditional Legal Assistance Program (TLAP) is provided to individuals 60 years of age and older with economic or social needs. This valuable service is provided by a member of the California State Bar or a non-attorney supervised by a member. Other services include consultation at senior center sites, in-home consultations with individuals confined to the home, and monthly community legal education seminars at selected sites.
WISE and Healthy Aging provides services for older adults and their families and caregivers throughout the Los Angeles County. Programs and services provided include: benefits enrollment center; caregiver support; caregiver training academy; financial and legal clinics; Medicare insurance counseling; mental health services; training and education center; information and referral services; and more!
Tecnología de asistencia
Herramientas de habilidad provide a variety of services for Californians with disabilities of all ages: AT Exchange marketplace; device lending libraries; financial loan program for AT; information and referral; reuse program in affiliation with organizational partners; in-person and webinar training; and more.
Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF) assists individuals with disabilities in the selection, acquisition or use of assistive technology including the evaluation of AT need, providing guidance and counseling as to where to buy the proper item from the right vendors.
Disability Community Resource Center: Assistive Technology (AT) advocates provide information on assistive technology, referrals to qualified AT professionals for evaluations, assessments and training, help in locating vendors, services and funding resources, and much more.
EmpowerTech is Los Angeles County non-profit organization devoted to bringing the latest in assistive technology to children and adults living with disabilities.Offers: assistive technology exploration sessions in which individuals can try out technology with an AT specialist to find out if it is the right fit for them; assistive technology assessments to help individuals determine what technology is appropriate for them to meet their individual goals; computer training to individuals who are blind or visually impaired; and much more!
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK): The TASK Tech Center is a place for parents, children, adult consumers, and professionals to learn about assistive technology by providing hands-on access to computer hardware, software, and adaptive equipment. The Tech Center has eleven computers, over 1100 software titles, and a multitude of different adaptive equipment such as alternative keyboards, trackball mice, and switches for consumers to use and try. The center offers assistive technology evaluations, tech labs, a software/switch/toy lending library, assistive technology workshops and presentations, assistive technology training and guided labs, after-school tech time for kids, toddler tech time and a high tech summer program called Camp TECHie.
Wayfinder Family Services: The assistive technology training program at Wayfinder Family Services offers adults, ages 18 and older, who are blind or visually impaired, instruction on the latest assistive technology devices and software for success in today’s job market. Following an initial student assessment, our staff develops a plan individualized to meet each client’s goals. Bilingual instruction available in English and Spanish.
Administrative Relief Resource Center is a search engine to help you find free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services.
African Community Resource Center assists African refugees, immigrants and people of African heritage. Current program and services: referrals for emergency shelter, domestic violence, victims of human trafficking; resettlement assistance; counseling; immigration clinic with probono (without fee or expectation of fee) immigration lawyers; transportation assistance; food assistance; support groups; and more.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California works on behalf of people in the Southern California region, namely in Los Angeles, Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Provides the community with resources to help them learn their rights if and when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents appear at your door or work; on your bus or train; pull you over on the road; and other locations.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles provides legal services and education to individuals, especially those who speak little or no English. Advancing Justice-LA’s assistance requires an intake over the phone and assistance may range from advice provided over the phone to representation in court.
CARECEN provide free or low cost immigration legal services: Citizenship/ Naturalization; Work Permit Renewal; Residency Card Renewal/ Replacement; U-Visa/ VAWA; DACA Renewals; and more.
Centro Cha provides immigrant integration services to the Greater Long Beach community with application assistance for Naturalization, request for fee waivers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and applications to replace green card for lawful permanent residents. They also provide presentations, consultations, and trainings to community members and stakeholders about the naturalization process of becoming a United States citizen. If applicants are approved by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), they do not pay anything for the process. Application assistance services are provided through monthly large-scale workshops, as well as via individual appointments during office hours. Centro CHA also prepares its naturalization applicants for the interview process with USCIS.
CitizenshipWorks provides easy-to-use online tools to help low and moderate-income individuals to prepare for the naturalization process and tests.
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to provide immigration legal services at low-cost to its members and provide community education to help immigrants understand their civil and human rights as well as to educate them about opportunities. For more information about their services and programs call (888) 624-7452.
Find a Person in Detention – Access Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) online detainee locator or call the Southern California field office at (213) 830-7911.
Immigration Law Help is a searchable online directory of over 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states.
LA County Office of Immigrant Affairs is a guide to immigration resources and immigrant rights. Users can access legal resources, learn how to file immigration fraud claims, and learn about their path to citizenship.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles provide citizenship help and support services.
Los Angeles County Libraries – All LA County Libraries can assist with locating material on citizenship and immigration. In addition, the County Library proudly hosts the U.S. Pathways for New Americans centers. These centers provide additional materials and handouts to help you in the citizenship and immigration process. There are currently two locations to serve customers of the LA County Library: Huntington Park Library and Rosemead Library.
Path 2 Citizenship – Explore the site to find many different types of information to help you navigate the process of becoming a citizen of the United States. This site also provides information about: community and legal services; citizenship services; citizenship forms; educational materials; news and events; and more!
Pilipino Workers Center – Our immigration team at Pilipino Workers Center work closely with Ice out of LA to provide Free Legal Clinics with attorneys of our choosing. We also provide rapid response training, administer assistance for work visas and asylum cases, handle deportation defense cases, and refer clients to free or low-cost legal representation.
¡Protégete!…¡Ciudadanía Ya! – Eligible legal permanent residents (LPRs) in Los Angeles County can use this site to apply for citizenship, find trustworthy naturalization services, and locate citizenship workshops throughout Los Angeles County.
United States Department of Justice provides a list of lawyers and organizations that provide free legal services.
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation. They organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. They assist students in applying for or renewing their DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and educate people on their rights through local events and resource sharing. Their programs include: Deportation Defense; Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP); and Education Equity.
California Senate – Here, you can find everything you need to stay informed and engaged in the legislation being considered in our house – legislative calendars, details on policy committees, helpful resources, live-streamed and archived videos, information on each of the Senators who represent the state’s 40 districts and how to contact us, and more.
Find Your House of Representatives – Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. Among other duties, representatives introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees. Not sure of your congressional district or who your member is? This service will assist you by matching your zip code to your congressional district, with links to your member’s website and contact page.
Legislatura oficial de California La información tiene información sobre legislación, miembros de la Cámara, comités y enlaces a otros recursos gubernamentales.
Register to Vote – U.S. Citizens who are 18 years of age are eligible to vote! Registration-by-mail forms are available throughout LA County, including most County buildings, city halls, fire stations, libraries, state motor vehicle offices, public assistance offices (DPSS, WIC), banks and post offices. For information about requirements and submitting an application, contact your local County Registrar of Voters.
Selective Service System, Who Must Register – Men who have a disability and who live at home must register with Selective Service if they can reasonably leave their homes and move about independently. A friend or relative may help a disabled man fill out the registration form if he can’t do it himself. These men with disabilities that would disqualify them from military service still must register with Selective Service.
Arts for NexGen LACMA is a FREE youth membership for anyone 17 years and younger, created so kids and teens can make the museum a regular part of their lives. NexGen members may visit the museum for free and bring one adult guest for free; NexGen members also receive discounts on studio classes and art camps. Sign up at the museum or fill out the application online and submit it via mail.
Best Buddies California offers various programs that help create opportunities for one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), secures jobs for people with IDD, and leadership development to educate and empower individuals to become leaders, public speakers and advocates.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles serves all Los Angeles County youth between the ages of 6 to 18 through six mentoring programs: Community-Based, School-Based, High School Bigs, Workplace-Based, Women in Entertainment & College PAC. For information about these programs and how to enroll, contact the Customer Relations Specialist at (213) 213-2479.
Camp Nugget is designed to provide positive health-related physical fitness, fundamental motor skills, aquatics, cooperative games, and sport experiences for children with disabilities ages 5 – 12. The program provides a positive, active, and fun experience in a small child/staff (4:1) ratio setting. **Limited full and partial scholarships may be available based on financial need.**
Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters serves Los Angeles County youth of all beliefs and backgrounds through mentoring programs such as: Community-Based, School-Based, Workplace-Based, Bigs with Badges, and more. For information about these programs and how to enroll, contact them using the information below.
Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles offers professionally supported, FREE, one-to-one mentoring for Jewish boys and girls age 6 or older. They also offer summer camps, weekend retreats, teen programs, college supports and even college scholarship opportunities! For information about these programs and how to enroll, contact them using the information below.
Joe Patton Academy Camp (Camp JPAC): With an impressive 3 to 1 adult to student ratio, Camp JPAC is the only FREE summer inclusion camp in Los Angeles for special needs children and their siblings. The camp provides hundreds of children and young teens (ages 5 to 16), both typically-developing and developmentally disabled, with a full-day summer enrichment program that includes a STEAM academic program, sports, field trips, and hot lunches and snacks.
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum: Receive FREE museum admission on the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) as well as every Tuesday in September. FREE museum admission daily for CA EBT cardholders, CA Teachers, active or retired military, children 2 and under. Valid with ID. L.A. County residents receive FREE museum admission Monday – Friday from 3 – 5 pm with valid ID or utility bill.
No Limits for Deaf Children, Educational Center is a comprehensive after-school program that serves children with hearing loss from all economic backgrounds in the greater Los Angeles area. They provide the following services: academic tutoring; literacy classes; STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math); music, theatrical arts and public speaking; leadership and mentoring academy for teens; parent education and family support; audiological services; individual auditory, speech and language therapy. For more information or to enroll your child, contact No Limits.
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program
California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) distributes telecommunications equipment to individuals certified as having difficulty using the telephone. Equipment is available at no charge to eligible consumers.
Servicio de retransmisión de California (CRS): Si tiene limitaciones para escuchar o hablar, un Asistente de Comunicaciones (CA) especialmente capacitado puede retransmitir conversaciones telefónicas para todas sus llamadas.
Programa de telecomunicaciones para personas sordas y discapacitadas (DDTP) proporcionar acceso a las comunicaciones telefónicas para todos los californianos sordos y discapacitados.
Biblioteca pública del condado de Los Ángeles proporciona uso de computadora, pago por computadora portátil y acceso ilimitado a Wi-Fi; programas para familias y niños; Aprendizaje en línea gratuito para el desarrollo personal y profesional; Servicios de pasaportes; Ayuda en línea gratuita con la tarea en vivo para niños y adolescentes; eventos de ciudadanía gratis; Clases gratuitas de aprendizaje de idiomas en línea para todas las edades; ¡y más!
El grupo de ayuda Ofrece programas innovadores y comprensivos de educación especial y terapéutica. El Grupo de ayuda se ha dedicado a atender a personas jóvenes con necesidades especiales relacionadas con el autismo, el trastorno de Asperger, problemas de aprendizaje, desarrollo emocional, retraso mental y abuso y negligencia.
Ability Jobs is an employment website for job seekers with disabilities.
American Job Centers (AJC) help people search for jobs, find training, offer free computer access and answer other employment related questions. Find a local AJC near you by calling (877) 872-5627.
California CareerZone is a website that helps people explore, plan for and pursue careers that reflect their passion, skills, and life goals.
Consorcio de Empleo de California para Jóvenes es una colaboración de más de 45 representantes de más de 25 agencias estatales, asociaciones y organizaciones, familias y autogestores con responsabilidades en materia de educación, rehabilitación, empleo y apoyo a jóvenes con discapacidades. El objetivo de CECY es estimular el cambio de políticas y desarrollar la capacidad en los sistemas del estado de California y las comunidades locales para aumentar el número de jóvenes y adultos jóvenes con discapacidades intelectuales y otras discapacidades del desarrollo (IDD) en el empleo integrado competitivo (CIE).
Clothes the Deal is a non-profit organization that assists low-income men, women, and at-risk youth by providing them business attire to empower them to interview with dignity and confidence in their pursuit of to achieve economic self-sufficiency through securing gainful employment. Services: Business Clothes Program; Dress to Impress Workshop; Adaptive Clothing Program.
Departamento de Rehabilitación (DOR): State agency responsible for providing vocational rehabilitation services (e.g. career education and training; job search and interview skills; career assessment and counseling; transportation; independent living skills; assistive technology) and individually tailored services to help people meet their employment goals.
Conseguir contratado- Oportunidades de empleo para personas con discapacidades - Reduciendo la brecha entre los solicitantes de empleo con discapacidades y los empleadores que buscan contratar
Red de Alojamiento de Trabajo (JAN): Provides free resources and information for job seekers with disabilities who have questions about self-identifying, asking for reasonable accommodations and much more.
Mi siguiente movimiento es una herramienta interactiva para los solicitantes de empleo y los estudiantes para aprender más sobre sus opciones de carrera. My Next Move tiene tareas, habilidades, información salarial y más para más de 900 carreras diferentes.
RecruitDisability.org provides job listings, with a good search tool, and a salary comparison tool for applicants with disabilities.
Roadmap to Careers is a helpful online tool to help students find careers and majors based on their likes and interests. Read about the career journeys of professionals who share your interests.
Talent Knows No Limits sirve para difundir la gran cantidad de servicios y recursos disponibles para la comunidad de discapacitados que buscan trabajo; así como a los empleadores que pueden beneficiarse de este valioso grupo de trabajo. TKNL también se esfuerza por romper las barreras y abordar los conceptos erróneos sobre la empleabilidad de las personas con discapacidades.
Financial Assistance Programs
California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE): Provides a discount of approximately 30% on monthly electric bills for eligible customers. Apply online or over the phone at 1-800-798-5723, or mail and return an application.
CalFresh Program provides monthly food benefits to eligible individuals and households with low-income. Use CalFresh Food to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean
proteins and more.The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or farmers’ market that accepts EBT cards. SSI recipients can apply for food benefits as of 6/1/19.
California Lifeline Program: Provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to qualified low-income households. You may qualify if you are on certain public assistance programs or based on your household income. Contact a participating service provider in your area: if you qualify, the company can sign you up for service. If you already receive service from the company, they can apply your benefit to your existing account.
California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program is a time-limited program that provides financial assistance to eligible needy families with (or expecting) children to help pay for housing, food, utilities, clothing, medical care, and other necessary expenses. Needy families may apply for assistance online or by visiting a local DPSS office.
Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) provides cash assistance to certain aged, blind, and disabled legal non-citizens ineligible for Supplemental Social Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) due to their immigration status. CAPI participants may be eligible for Medi-Cal, In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), and/or Food Stamps benefits.
Energy Assistance Fund (EAF): Provides critical support to those when they need it most by providing one-time bill payments of up to $100 for qualified Southern California households. Contact one of their participating community agencies below to make an appointment for assistance in the application process.Visit online for a complete listing.
Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP): Provides assistance to low-income households in a crisis situation, such as receiving a utility shut-off notice or other energy-related emergency created by a natural disaster. ECIP Heating and Cooling Services (HCS) provides for the emergency repair or replacement of a home heating and/or cooling system. Click on Find Services in Your Area to locate your local provider, then contact them to learn more and apply for assistance. If you would prefer to speak to a live operator to assist you in obtaining more information on where to apply, please call their toll-free help line at (866) 675-6623.
Energy Savings Assistance Program: Income-qualified So Cal Edison customers are eligible for a number of appliance upgrades or energy-saving services: cooling measures; refrigerator replacement; pool pump replacement; weatherization services; and lighting. If you qualify, SCE will cover the costs, including installation, or new energy-efficient appliances. For more information, please call 1-800-736-4777.
Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA): Provides a discount of 12% on monthly electric bills for qualified households of 3 or more. Apply online or over the phone at 1-800-798-5723, or mail and return an application.
Federal LifeLine: Provides a discount on monthly phone and internet service for eligible low-income subscribers. You may qualify if you are on certain public assistance programs or based on your household income. Contact a participating service provider in your area: if you qualify, the company can sign you up for service. If you already receive service from the company, they can apply your benefit to your existing account.
Gas Assistance Fund: If you’re having difficulty paying your gas bill during the winter, the Gas Assistance Fund (GAF) may be able to provide you, or someone you know, with a one-time grant for the amount of the gas bill, not to exceed $100.00.
Programa de asistencia de energía para el hogar (HEAP) provides one-time financial assistance to help offset an eligible household’s energy costs (utility bill). Click on Find Services in Your Area to locate your local provider, then contact them to learn more and apply for assistance. If you would prefer to speak to a live operator to assist you in obtaining more information on where to apply, please call their toll-free help line at (866) 675-6623.
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Program provides personal care and domestic services to persons who are aged, blind or disabled and who live in their own homes. IHSS is provided to those who otherwise might be placed in an out-of-home care facility but who can safely remain in their own home if IHSS services are received.
LIHEAP Weatherization Program: Provides free energy efficiency upgrades to low-income households to lower their monthly utility bills. May include weather-stripping, insulation, caulking, water heater blankets, heating/cooling system repairs, energy-efficient lighting, thermostat repair/replacement and other measures. Click on Find Services in Your Area to locate your local provider, then contact them to learn more and apply for assistance. If you would prefer to speak to a live operator to assist you in obtaining more information on where to apply, please call their toll-free help line at (866) 675-6623.
Low Income Discount Program (LIDP): The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) offers a residential Low Income Discount Program (LIDP) rate for customers within qualifying income levels. This rate reduces the cost of electricity, water, and sewer services for the participants’ permanent, primary residence.
Metropolitan Water District of SoCal: Residents living in houses or apartments, townhomes, condominiums or mobile homes are eligible to receive water-saving rebates on equipment such as: high-efficiency toilets and washing machines; weather-based irrigation controllers; rotating sprinkler nozzles; rain barrels and cisterns; soil moisture sensor system; and turf replacement. Apply online to receive a rebate.
Physician Certified Allowance Discount: Discounts on electric bills are available to customers who provide verification by a state-licensed physician that a full-time member of the household is a paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic, multiple sclerosis patient, neuromuscular patient, or scleroderma patient being treated for a life-threatening illness. An allowance is also available if a member of the household has a compromised immune system and has a state-licensed physician’s certification that an additional heating and/or cooling allowance is medically necessary.
Subsidized Housing Assistance Relief for Energy (SHARE): Need help paying your natural gas bill to obtain or retain section 8/subsidized housing? The SHARE program provides funds to help you, or someone you know, clear past utility debt and meet the subsidized housing requirements.
Utility User’s Tax Exemption was developed to offer senior and/or disabled citizens an exemption from their utility bills, including (but not limited to) electricity, gas, water, sewer, telephone (including cell phone and long distance), sanitation and cable television. Please contact your city of residence for more information about the eligibility requirements and application process. (Please note: this is not a complete listing)
California Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Program is a new program that allows people with disabilities to establish a tax-advantaged savings account and save up to $15,000 per year and up to $100,000 in total without losing vital public benefits, such as Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).
Special Needs Trust helps plan for individualized care over your child’s lifetime while protecting his or her eligibility for public assistance benefits. The primary objectives of a SNP include: protecting assets left to a special needs beneficiary; provide additional income to facilitate a better quality of life; prevent the loss of government benefits (e.g. SSI, Medi-Cal); and plan for the ultimate future once the primary caregiver is no longer able to take care of the individual with disabilities.
Food Assistance (Emergency)
Food Bank of Southern California provides USDA surplus commodities (such as infant formula, flour, cornmeal, pinto beans, rice, milk, cheese, and butter) to help supplement the diets of low-income households, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank distributes food and other essentials to children, seniors, families and other individuals in need.
Free or Low Cost Health Clinics
Achievable Foundation – Health Center provides high quality primary medical, mental health, and other specialty care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and other vulnerable populations. Staff are bilingual in English and Spanish.
APLA Health provides primary care, dental care, counseling, PrEP and PEP, HIV/STD testing, HIV medical care and support services, vaccinations, etc. Services and hours vary by location.
Benevolence Health Centers provide community access to medical, dental and mental health clinics, including adult day health care centers, case management, youth programs as well as HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.
Central Neighborhood Health Foundation provides primary care, preventive care, minor emergency, and diagnostic services.
Complete Care Community Center – You can call to make an appointment in English or Spanish. They offer many same-day appointments and these are available on a first come, first served basis. Bilingual and bicultural doctors and nurses.
Find a Health Center: Helps you search for health centers near a specific place by typing a city, zip code, or a specific street address into the location box.
Mission City Community Network – provide, advocate and model quality health care and social services for the uninsured and low-income families. Services: physical and dental examination; general medicine; vision/optometrist; immunizations/ vaccinations; pediatric services; adult health; and more.
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics: 1,400 Free & Charitable Clinics across the U.S. provide health care to the medically underserved in their community. Find a clinic near you!
South Bay Family Health Care Center provides a range of services for economically disadvantaged and uninsured populations, such as: adult medicine, chronic disease management, women’s health, prenatal care, pediatric care, dental care, family planning, and more.
To Help Everyone (T.H.E.) Health and Wellness Centers provides a wide range of services, including medical health services for men, women, children and teens, as well as public health and preventive education services.
Clínica Familiar de Venecia services vary by location. You must call to make an appointment/ schedule a visit (no walk-ins).
Watts Healthcare provides free rideshare transportation service to and from medical appointments for patients. Services vary by location.
Westside Family Health Center services include: Family Practice, Reproductive Health Services, Pediatrics, Prenatal, Community Outreach & Education, Childbirth Classes (Eng/Span), Diabetes Education Series, Mammograms.
Health Insurance (Education/Advocacy)
California Health Care Options (HCO) provides educational and informational sessions offered to Medi-Cal eligible persons at some County welfare offices, clinics and hospitals. They provide the tools with which to make an informed decision about managed health care. No appointment is necessary and all services are free. Please verify the schedule before attending.
Center for Health Care Rights (CHCR) is a nonprofit health care advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring access to quality health care through education, counseling, informal advocacy, and legal services. CHCR’s direct services empower elderly and disabled consumers and their family members to use Medicare, Medi-Cal, and other health benefits effectively, make informed health care choices, and take appropriate action to resolve their health care problems.
Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy (HICAP) is supported by trained volunteers, HICAP provides community education and counseling assistance with Medicare and related health insurance issues through advocacy or legal representation. For individuals who are homebound, in-home consultation is available.
Health Insurance (Applying)
Covered California is the place where individuals and families can get affordable health insurance. With just one application, you’ll find out if you qualify for free or low-cost health insurance, including Medi-Cal.
Denti-cal: El programa Medi-Cal actualmente ofrece servicios dentales como uno de los muchos beneficios del programa. Bajo la guía del Departamento de Servicios de Atención Médica de California, el Programa de Servicios Dentales de Medi-Cal apunta a brindar a los beneficiarios de Medi-Cal acceso a atención dental de alta calidad.
Insure Kids Now: Children and teens qualify for free or low-cost health and dental coverage through MediCal & the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Learn about coverage options for your family.
Médico is California’s Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program that provides free or low cost medical services to low-income adults, families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, children in foster care and former foster youth up to age 26. Apply for Medi-Cal online or in person at a local county office. If you need help applying or have questions, a Certified Enroller can help you via phone at (800) 300-1506.
Medicare is health insurance for people 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people of any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant). If you’re automatically enrolled, you’ll get your red, white, and blue Medicare card in the mail 3 months before your 65th birthday or your 25th month of disability. If you don’t get Medicare automatically, you’ll need to apply for Medicare online.
No-Cost/ Low-Cost Programs in LA County – If you are uninsured and are not eligible for Medi-Cal or a plan through Covered California, you may qualify for limited health services offered by the Los Angeles county. These programs are not insurance plans and do not provide full coverage. Programs include: Ability to Pay (ATP); Pre-Payment Plan; Discount Payment Plan; County Mental Health Services (Short Doyle); Child Delivery Plan; Dialysis, Tuberculosis, Post-Polio Plan; and No Extra Cost Medicines. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, costs, coverage and where to apply, go online.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) provides cancer treatment and services for eligible low-income California residents who are screened by Cancer Detection Program: Every Woman Counts (CDP:EWC) or Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT) program and found to be in need of treatment for breast and/or cervical cancer. For information on eligibility requirements, program information and application questions, contact the eligibility specialist.
California Children’s Services (CCS) provides diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, physical and occupational therapy services and adaptive equipment to children under age 21 with CCS-eligible medical conditions. CCS also provides medical therapy services that are delivered at public schools. Some examples of CCS eligible conditions include: cerebral palsy, chronic medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, heart disease, cancer and uncontrolled seizures. Refer to the website below for additional specific eligible medical conditions that are covered and the eligibility requirements.
California Vision Project is a non-profit, optometric charity designed to provide low-income, uninsured families and individuals throughout the state of California with free comprehensive eye exams and glasses. To be eligible for an exam, patients must qualify as low-income, must not have had an eye exam in the past two years, must not have any insurance (government or private – this includes Medi Cal and Medicare) that covers vision services, and must submit a $10 non-refundable administrative fee to accompany their application. Applicants are screened for eligibility, and those who are approved are matched with an optometrist from their area.
Cancer Detection Program: Every Woman Counts provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and follow-up services. This includes clinical breast exams, mammograms, and Pap tests, as well as other tests when needed to eligible women in California. Call (800) 511-2300 to see if you qualify!
Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) program helps to prevent or find health problems through regular, no cost, health check-ups which includes: health and developmental history; physical exam; behavioral, vision, hearing and nutrition screenings; referrals to dentists, medical specialists, mental and behavioral health services; and more! Babies, children, youth under the age of 21 with Full Scope Medi-Cal or under the age of 19 with low family income are eligible. To find out more about CHDP services or the application process, please contact your county CHDP office.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment Services offers no-cost health care screening, diagnostic and treatment services to prevent, identify, or address health and behavioral health problems. With EPSDT, infants, children, and youth can have regular check-ups as well as other screenings when needed. These services help keep children and youth healthy and meet their developmental needs. Children who qualify will automatically be enrolled by Medi-Cal.
EyeCare America provides eye care through volunteer ophthalmologists at no cost to those who qualify. Those who are 65 or older and who have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years may be eligible to receive a comprehensive, medical eye exam and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost for any disease diagnosed during the initial exam. Those who are determined to be at increased risk for glaucoma and have not had an eye exam in 12 months or more may be eligible to receive a free glaucoma eye exam if they are uninsured.
Family Planning, Access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT) ensure that low-income women and men have access to health information, counseling, and family planning services to reduce the likelihood of unintended pregnancy and to maintain optimal reproductive health. To find a Family PACT provider, and to make an appointment to discuss eligibility for program services, find a provider near you.
Genetically Handicapped Person Program (GHPP) offers full medical coverage for adults age 21 and older with cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, hemophilia and other hereditary bleeding conditions. Children may also qualify. Please call GHPP at (916) 552-9105 if you want to refer yourself or refer a person who has an eligible condition.
Improving Access, Counseling and Treatment (IMPACT) provides high quality FREE prostate cancer treatment to Californian men with little or no health insurance. They also provide FREE short-term individual counseling and nutrition education. Call 1-800-409-8252 to find out if you qualify!
Red de seguridad Es un sitio web dedicado a la difusión de información sobre la prevención y mitigación de factores de riesgo para personas con discapacidades del desarrollo. El sitio incluye información de todo el país sobre la investigación actual, las mejores prácticas y la información práctica dirigida a mejorar la salud y seguridad de los consumidores y asegurar su protección contra daños.
Sight for Students: A Vision Service Plan (VSP) program in partnership with The Entertainment Industry Foundation, provides eye exams and glasses to children 18 years and younger whose families cannot afford vision care.
Mujeres, bebés y niños (WIC) helps families get healthy food and a lot more. WIC helps families by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, vouchers for healthy foods, and referrals to healthcare and other community services. WIC serves babies and children up to age 5, pregnant women, and new mothers. Dads, grandparents, foster parents of young children, and working families are welcome at WIC too! Find out if you qualify by calling (800) 852-5770 or go online for more information and locations.
Servicios de ayuda
211 LA County es un servicio dedicado que proporciona una fuente de orientación, atención y atención profesional y fácil de usar, y acceso las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana a una amplia gama de servicios humanos para las personas del Condado de Los Ángeles.
¡El condado de Los Angeles ayuda! es una forma gratuita y fácil de averiguar si su familia puede obtener ayuda de muchos programas de salud y servicios humanos diferentes.
Departamento de Servicios Sociales Públicos de Los Ángeles (DPSS) proporciona información general sobre CalWORKS (AFDC), cupones de alimentos, Medi-Cal, IHSS y General Relief (GR).
Most Commonly Requested Documents (MCRD) is a two-sided information sheet. The front side, provides a list of the most common County administered programs/services and the required documents needed to apply for the programs/services. The reverse side provides website information and toll-free telephone numbers to obtain documents needed to apply for the programs/services. Click here to view the document in Inglés o Español.
Home Modifications/ Repairs
Handyworker Program/ Home Secure Program: The Handyworker Program provides FREE minor home repairs and/or improvements to eligible homeowners that address basic health, safety, security, and accessibility issues of owner-occupied, single family homes or condominiums/townhomes. These repairs/improvements assist with preventing accidents in the home, help seniors and people with permanent physical disabilities to remain in their own homes. The Home Secure Program FREE installation of home security and safety devices to low-income senior or disabled homeowners and renters in the City of Los Angeles. Call (213) 808-8803 to find the nearest community partner that can help you with your application or visit the website for more details.
USC National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Resources: Lists home modification and repair programs and businesses from across the country.
Homeless/ Emergency Housing
211 LA County – Individuals and families who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or have other housing-related needs, or the service providers who work with them can call or contact 211 LA (24/7) for assistance in finding homeless services. Dial 2-1-1 on your phone.
CalWORKs Homeless Assistance (HA) Program was established to help CalWORKs families meet the reasonable costs of securing housing. The CalWORKs HA program serves eligible CalWORKs recipients or apparently eligible CalWORKs applicants, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) provide an array of services to homeless and low-income households in South Los Angeles. For example: South Central Drop-In Center, an emergency access center for single adults and families who are literally homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless; Home and Family Program, an intensive case management and housing placement services for homeless families with children ages 0-5; Rapid Re-Housing Program, helps individuals experiencing homelessness become stably housed through financial assistance.
House of Ruth serves homeless and battered women and their children. Participants include pregnant women, large fatherless families, non-English speaking mothers, and women who are not eligible for emergency human services. For information call (800) 799-7233.
Housing and Disability Advocacy Program (HDAP) assists disabled individuals who are experiencing homelessness apply for disability benefit programs while also providing housing assistance. Eligible individuals are those who are disabled or likely disabled and who are experiencing homelessness, giving highest priority to chronically homeless and those who rely most heavily on state and county funded services. Contact your local county welfare office to apply/learn more.
Los Angeles Family Housing (LAFH) connect participants to the right type of housing for them and surround them with services, such as employment support, financial literacy and educational opportunities, that are proven to foster long-term housing stability. For more information call (818) 982-4091.
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) – If you are a homeless individual or family or believe you are at significant risk of becoming homeless, please contact the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), at (213) 225-6581, or visit LAHSA’s website for specific information about city-funded programs that are available to homeless individuals, youth, and families and which you may be eligible to receive services under.
My Friend’s Place, Safe Haven Program provides daytime shelter and basic needs services to youth living on the streets. Services include: day shelter; hot meals; showers; hygiene supplies/ toiletries; clothing; internet, telephone and mail services; transportation; clinical and education referrals; daily and emergency services for companion animals; and more. Center is open from Monday-Friday. Times vary.
Public Counsel Homeless Prevention Law Project serves individuals that are at high risk of becoming chronically homeless. HPLP has provided pro bono representation before administrative agencies to homeless individuals and families to secure food, shelter, clothing, and other vital benefits.
Upper Bound House provide homeless families with housing and supportive services to suit their specific needs. Their programs are designed to empower homeless parents and their children to obtain housing stability, build healthy relationships, and enjoy emotional and financial well-being. A team of professional staff offers an array of services in housing, employment and evidence-based, trauma-informed care to over 200 families annually. They provide services in Santa Monica, Culver City, Compton and South Los Angeles.
Housing/ Independent Living
Affordable Apartment Search is an online search tool to find low-rent apartments in California. Simply select a city, county, zip code or name of property, specify the apartment type, and the number of bedrooms to begin your search.
Affordable Housing Online – If you’re searching for a low income apartment, HUD housing, a Section 8 apartment, subsidized housing or income based housing, just enter your location in the search box to find available places near you.
City of Los Angeles Housing Resource Center is a free, online property-search service that links people with affordable and accessible housing in our communities. It can be accessed online or via toll-free phone. Property profiles can include photos and information about property and neighborhood amenities to properties stand out to qualified tenants, including accessibility features, schools, public transit and more.
Communities Actively Living Independent & Free (CALIF) provides assistance for persons with disabilities with landlord-tenant disputes, applications for Section 8 and other public housing programs; assist consumers with reasonable accommodation requests in public housing. They provide information and referral to various affordable housing programs in the City and County of Los Angeles.
Community Corporation of Santa Monica encourage households interested in their housing to join the Housing Opportunity List. The Housing Opportunity List is a database that holds each applicant’s household information, including the number of people and income level. They keep this information on file to match a household to an apartment that meets their needs. If you are interested in their housing, please check their website to find out when they open The Housing Opportunity List for households to join. There are usually 80 to 120 vacancies per year.
Disability Community Resource Center Housing Specialists works with landlords, project managers, housing developers and others to find available units in and surrounding DCRC’s catchment area.
GoSection8 – Find a great place to live with the largest affordable housing listing service in the nation – whether you have a section 8 voucher or are just looking for a good deal.
Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles, Homeownership Program constructs new homes and renovates existing homes alongside Habitat Partner Homebuyers. The homeownership program is designed to assist low-income first-time homebuyers achieve the American dream of homeownership. Habitat homes are sold to partner homebuyers at no profit and financed with affordable loans. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest sweat equity hours building their future Habitat home and the homes of other Habitat Homebuyers. Interested applicants must submit an application and meet program eligibility requirements.
Home Ownership Made Easy (H.O.M.E.) – To qualify to live in one of our homes, an applicant/resident must have been diagnosed with a developmental disability. In addition, in order to be eligible for our housing an applicant must meet requirements as per the project tenant selection plan. Rents are calculated to be 30% of a person’s total income. Call (310) 988-4000.
HotPads helps you search for apartments and homes by your preferences: price range, distance, amenities (inside the home or in the neighborhood), number of bedrooms, bathrooms and more.
Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments. If you are interested in applying for a voucher, contact the local PHA. For further assistance, please contact the HUD Office nearest to you.
Localizador de recursos de vivienda y desarrollo urbano (HUD) ayuda a las personas a encontrar: oportunidades de vivienda asequible cerca de ellas; una oficina de HUD cercana; recursos para personas sin hogar; viviendas asequibles para ancianos y necesidades especiales; ¡y mucho más!
Centro de vida independiente del sur de California: Ayuda a las personas con discapacidades de todas las edades, adultos mayores y veteranos a adquirir las habilidades que necesitan para alcanzar nuevos niveles de independencia en la vida a través del programa de servicios ILCSC.
Low Income Purchase Assistance Program helps first-time, low income homebuyers purchase homes by providing loans to cover the down payment, acquisition, and closing costs. They provide a loan of up to $90,000 for down payment, closing costs, and acquisition. To find out if you are eligible or for more information call (213) 808-8800.
Mobilehome Assistance Center – Are you concerned about possible health or safety issues in your mobilehome park (e.g. unsafe sewer, water, electrical, or gas conditions)? Do you need assistance with the installation, inspection, maintenance, or alteration of manufactured homes, accessory structures, or park grounds? Do you need information on the Mobilehome Residency Law and where to obtain assistance for lease or rent disputes with park management? Do you need assistance with your mobilehome ownership documents? Contact the Center today!
Public Housing Authority/Agency (PHA): If you need public housing assistance or want to apply for Public Housing or Housing Choice Vouchers, visit your local PHA. Visit www.hud.gov or call 1-800-955-2232 for more information and locations.
Register Your Mobilehome California, Fee and Tax Waiver Program – You may be able to waive past due fees and taxes if: your mobilehome/ manufactured home was registered with the Housing and Community Development in the past by another owner; your mobilehome/ manufactured home was not previously registered in your name; you have not already participated in this program. For more information, contact the program. English and Spanish speaking staff are available. Other languages are available upon request.
Social Serve is an online search tool that helps you find affordable housing in California using information from housing websites across the nation.
Southern California Housing Rights Center offer FREE monthly Walk-In Clinics in various cities to educate individuals about basic landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities, preventing housing injustices, and laws that protect against discrimination. They also investigate allegations of housing discrimination and provide free telephone and in-person counseling to both tenants and landlords regarding their rights and responsibilities.
Infant & Children: Birth to 5
California Children’s Services (CCS) program provides diagnostic and treatment services, medical case management, physical and occupational therapy services and adaptive equipment to children under age 21 with CCS-eligible medical conditions. CCS also provides medical therapy services that are delivered at public schools. Some examples of CCS eligible conditions include: cerebral palsy, chronic medical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, heart disease, cancer and uncontrolled seizures.
California Department of Education, Child Development – There are many child care and development programs in California. These programs are for children from birth to age twelve. They offer early learning and after-school services to babies, toddlers, children in preschool, and children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Some programs assist children with disabilities and children of migrant farm workers. Many of the programs were set up to help parents with child care while they work. Child care and development programs can provide care, education, and food for children. They are paid for with state and federal tax money, and in some cases, parent fees. For more information, visit the website below.
California Head Start les da a los niños, de tres a cinco años, las habilidades sociales y de aprendizaje que necesitan para estar listos para comenzar la escuela. También ayudan a brindarles a las familias el apoyo que más necesitan, lo que incluye elegir alimentos sanos y asegurarse de que cada niño reciba atención médica y dental regular. También ayudamos a coordinar servicios adicionales para niños y familias, incluyendo nutrición, servicios para niños con necesidades especiales y servicios de salud mental.
Department of Developmental Services, California Early Start Program
California’s early intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Early Start services are available statewide and are provided in a coordinated, family-centered system. All infants and toddlers potentially eligible for a regional center program will be evaluated by the regional center to determine eligibility for Early Start.
Early Head Start está diseñado para fomentar y apoyar el desarrollo físico, social, emocional e intelectual de su hijo, desde el nacimiento hasta los tres años. Las madres embarazadas pueden incluso beneficiarse de los recursos y servicios de Early Head Start, como las clases de crianza y nutrición para aprender cómo cuidarse completamente a sí mismas y a sus bebés. También proporcionan recursos para apoyar el desarrollo saludable y el aprendizaje en el hogar, la salud de la familia y la nutrición, y coordinar los servicios para niños con necesidades especiales.
Family Resource Centers – Families of infants and toddlers can receive parent-to-parent support from Early Start Family Resource Centers. Family Resource Centers (FRC) actively work in partnership with local regional centers and education agencies and help many parents, families and children get information about early intervention services and how to navigate the Early Start system. Family support services are available in many languages and are culturally responsive to the needs of the individual family.
Centro de Head Start para la Inclusión El sitio web contiene una gran cantidad de información sobre apoyo e inclusión de niños con necesidades especiales en el aula y el hogar. Busque aquí materiales de capacitación, herramientas y otros recursos.
los Asociación de Desarrollo Infantil de CaliforniaLa misión es fomentar la colaboración entre las familias y los profesionales que trabajan con niños, desde el nacimiento hasta los tres años con necesidades especiales. La Asociación de Desarrollo Infantil de California ofrece educación, liderazgo y defensa.
Learn the Signs. Act Early. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Children Services is dedicated to enriching the lives of children and their families who are 0 to 15 years old experiencing mental health challenges by providing a wide range of client-centered, family-focused services. Contact DMH for information regarding specific services and programs.
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) specializes in special education support for people with disabilities from birth to age 26 and their families. They support all disabilities, including mental illness, chronic health and medical conditions, and emotional challenges due to abuse or environmental trauma. In the area of assistive technology (AT), they serve all ages, including adults, and help families explore ways to use AT to promote learning, communication, and independence. Call (866) 828-8275 for a location near you!
U.S. Department of Education, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible individuals with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those between the ages of 2 – 21.
Wayfinder Family Services, Early Intervention Program – Young children in Southern California who are blind, visually impaired or have multiple disabilities increase their visual functioning, sensory awareness, communication and social skills by attending an early intervention program. Wayfinder’s early intervention program is for infants, toddlers and children ages birth to 6 years of age. Services are in English and Spanish. For more information concerning services and program details, contact us!
Legal Advocacy/ Assistance
Bet Tzedek provides basic assistance to any individual who does not have an attorney but wishes to file for conservatorship. They can help you in preparing the necessary documents and processing them with the court. Services are offered at no cost and there are no income eligibility requirements to their services. You must be a resident of Los Angeles County. Call for dates and times at (323) 939-0506 or visit their website . Assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
California Child Support Services has primary responsibility for establishing parentage, establishing court orders of child support, and enforcing orders for child, spousal and family support. Locates parents, modifies court orders, collects and distributes court-ordered support, and works with other counties, states and countries to obtain child support.
California Offices of the Family Law Facilitator can help you with child support, spousal support, and health insurance issues, regardless of your income. They can: give you educational materials; give you court forms; assist you with court forms; calculate the guideline child support; refer you to the local child support agency (LCSA), family court services, and other community agencies. Please note: the family law facilitator cannot represent you or the other party.
Consejo de Padres Abogados y Defensores trabajar para proteger y hacer cumplir los derechos legales y civiles de los estudiantes con discapacidades y sus familias. Su objetivo principal es garantizar servicios educativos de alta calidad y promover la excelencia en la promoción.
Derechos de los discapacitados de California aboga, educa, investiga y litiga para promover y proteger los derechos de los californianos con discapacidades. Ayudan con los Centros Regionales, el empleo, la educación especial, la salud mental, los beneficios y la atención administrada, la discriminación y la votación. Cada Centro Regional tiene un Defensor de los Derechos de los Clientes proporcionado por el DRC y está allí para ayudar a las personas y familias cuando necesitan asistencia.
Disability Rights Legal Center provides disability rights advocacy by providing FREE legal assistance to people with disabilities experiencing discrimination in violation of their civil rights. DRLC accepts cases involving: (1) Discrimination, Mistreatment and/or Harassment by public or private entities based on disability (e.g. housing, transportation, public places, schools, parks, telecommunications, law enforcement, jails and juvenile halls); (2) Special Education focusing on systemic discrimination and denials of a free, appropriate public education (including due process hearings).
Learning Rights Law Center is a legal service nonprofit that fights for a child’s right to education. Learning Rights assists low-income families by providing FREE legal counsel and advice, advocacy, direct representation, education, training and policy work.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is a nonprofit law firm that helps people in civil legal matters by providing legal representation and other legal assistance for low-income individuals. They help with: employment and employment barriers; evictions; family law; government benefits; housing; immigration; etc.
LAFLA Self Help Legal Access Centers are walk-in clinics that offer individuals who are representing themselves legal information, assistance in preparing legal forms, and guidance on a variety of civil matters, including evictions, divorces, child custody/support and paternity actions, and other areas of law. All services are FREE.
Los Angeles Superior Court, Self-Help Resource Centers are available at these local LA Superior Court locations. They can give you information and help you fill out forms and represent yourself. No appointment is needed.
Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS) provides FREE legal services to people with mental and developmental disabilities. Please call (213) 389-2077 for intake. Walk-ins are not accepted.
Oficina de Defensa de los Derechos de los Clientes (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California and funded by the Department of Developmental Services. OCRA has a Clients’ Right Advocate (CRA) at each regional center. The CRA helps protect regional center consumers rights and can help with issues such as: abuse/neglect; conservatorship and alternatives; guardianship; IHSS; Medi-Cal; mental health; private insurance; regional center services; school services; social security; and much more!
Public Counsel is a not-for-profit law firm that delivers legal services, FREE of charge, for low-income individuals. They provide assistance in the following areas: children and youth legal issues; immigration; government benefits; homelessness prevention; women and girls; and more.
Reduced Cost or Free Special Education Attorneys and Advocates – As part of its interagency agreement with the California Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) maintains a list of attorneys and a separate list of advocates who self-certify that they are knowledgeable about Special Education and that they offer services either free or at a low cost. OAH considers the primary purpose of these lists is to help parents of children with exceptional needs to locate free or reduced cost representation in preparation for special education due process hearings. It is important that if you choose to use the list that you contact the attorneys and advocates to discuss their fees.
Concejo Estatal sobre Discapacidades del Desarrollo (SCDD) is an independent state agency that ensures that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need to live independently and productively, in the least restrictive environment possible. Regional Offices: help connect people to needed services and supports; strive to improve services and supports; and help people become part of their communities.
LGBTQ+ is an abbreviation of initial letters pronounced differently. It stands for: Lesbian, solay, segundoisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning. The “+” includes all other communities.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California works to eradicate discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. The ACLU SoCal is creating a state where LGBTQ people can live openly and with dignity, where their identities, relationships and families are respected, and where there is fair treatment on the job, in schools, in housing, in public places and in government programs.
Asexual Visibility & Eduation Network (AVEN) is an informational resource for people who are asexual and questioning, their friends and families, academic researchers and the press.
Bi.org is an online resource to better understand your own sexuality, a loved one’s or simply to learn about bisexuality.
Deaf Queer Resource Center (DQRC) is an online national nonprofit resource and information center for, by and about the Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Questioning communities.
The Genderbread Person is a teaching tool for breaking the big concept of gender down into bite-sized, digestible pieces.
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) [pronounced “glisten”] is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment.
Human Rights Campaign, as the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.
It Gets Better Project mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
It’s Pronounced Metrosexual is an online resource educating on issues of identity, sexuality, gender, privilege, and oppression, but in a fun, approachable way.
Los Angeles LGBT Center provides services for LGBT people, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy.
LGBT National Help Center serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people by providing free and confidential peer-support and local resources. All of the services are free and confidential.
National Center for Transgender Equality – Learn about the trans community and how to support them, understand their rights, and access helpful resources.
PFLAG Los Angeles – You may be a parent, family member or friend of someone who is gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning. You may be an LGBTQ person in the process of coming out and dealing with family, workplace, or social issues related to your sexual identity. Whatever your situation, you’ll find support, information, acceptance, and friendship at PFLAG Los Angeles.
Planned Parenthood health centers provide education, support, and sexual and reproductive health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex patients. Services include: drop-in center; education; hormone therapy for transgender patients; resources; service referrals; support groups; and more.
Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf work to establish and maintain a society of deaf gays and lesbians to encourage and promote the educational, economical, and social welfare; to foster fellowship; to defend their rights; and advance the interests as deaf gay and lesbian citizens concerning social justice.
The Safe Zone Project is a free online resource providing curricula, activities, and other resources for educators facilitating Safe Zone trainings (sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ education sessions), and learners who are hoping to explore these concepts on their own.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. The Trevor Project offers programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text.
Mental Health (Resources)
ACCESS Hotline operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week as the entry point for mental health services in Los Angeles County. Services include deployment of crisis evaluation teams, information and referrals, gate keeping of acute inpatient psychiatric beds, interpreter services and patient transport. Call 1-800-854-7771.
Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health provides services to adults and older adults who are functionally disabled by severe and persistent mental illness, including those who are low-income, uninsured, temporarily impaired, or in situational crises. Services to children and youth are focused on those who are emotionally disturbed and diagnosed with a mental disorder. They include wards or dependents of the juvenile court, children in psychiatric inpatient facilities, seriously emotionally disturbed youth in the community, and special education students referred by educational institutions.
Los Angeles Warmline provides a safe place to talk for those individuals experiencing loneliness, financial problems, relationship problems, substance use issues, and difficulties with employers or therapists. Call (855) 952-9276.
Gobierno de Salud Mental brinda fácil acceso para encontrar información sobre los servicios y recursos de salud mental en su área.
Asuntos de salud mental es un directorio fácil de usar para profesionales de la salud mental, consumidores y sus familias.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), West Los Angeles offers free education programs along with support, guidance, and hope for the growing number of Angelenos affected by mental health conditions.
Psych Central Tiene una lista de líneas directas nacionales y líneas de ayuda.
SanaMente es un movimiento de salud mental enfocado en California que proporciona información, recursos, capacitación y apoyo.
P2P (Padre 2 Padre) es una organización nacional sin fines de lucro que promueve la excelencia en los programas P2P en todo el país. Los programas Parent to Parent han estado proporcionando apoyo emocional e informativo a las familias.
Voces familiares es una organización nacional dirigida por familias de familiares y amigos de niños y jóvenes con necesidades especiales de atención médica (CYSHCN) y discapacidades. Conectamos una red de organizaciones familiares en los Estados Unidos que brindan apoyo a las familias de CYSHCN. Promovemos la asociación con las familias en todos los niveles de atención de la salud (niveles de decisión individual y política) para mejorar los servicios de atención de salud y las políticas para niños.
Fiesta educativa proporciona información y capacitación a las familias latinas sobre cómo obtener servicios para todas las personas con discapacidades. También se brinda capacitación a profesionales que trabajan con estas familias. Los esfuerzos de Fiesta Educativa incluyen una conferencia anual en todo el estado sobre temas como recursos, derechos de pacientes y clientes, programas educativos y vocacionales y manejo del estrés para las familias; programa de educación y capacitación para padres basado en el hogar "Fiesta Familiar"; y un proyecto de promoción y divulgación que ayuda a las familias y personas con discapacidades a hacer el mejor uso de las agencias y los recursos disponibles para ellos en sus comunidades.
Padres ayudando a padres apoya, educa e inspira a las familias y la comunidad para construir futuros brillantes para niños con necesidades especiales.
Post-Secondary Education (College Admission Exams)
ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in: English; Mathematics; Reading; and Science. Learn when and where the test is offered, registration deadlines and fees, which colleges require or recommend the test and other important information by going online or asking your high school counselor.
ACT Accommodations – The ACT approved accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA). To request accommodations on the ACT, the student must work with a school official to submit their request and supporting documentation via the Test Accessibility and Accommodation System (TAA). The school official will then contact the student within 2 weeks of submitting their request with a decision from the ACT.
ACT Fee Waiver – If you are a 11th or 12th grade student who can’t afford the registration fee for the ACT or ACT with writing, you may be eligible for an ACT Fee Waiver. Information about the eligibility requirements and how to request a fee waiver is sent each summer to high schools. You should work with your high school counselor to determine your eligibility.
College Board, Services for Students with Disabilities – Students who show that their disabilities affect participation in the SAT, SAT Subject Tests™, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and Advanced Placement® Exams are eligible to take those exams with accommodations. All accommodations must be approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). Work with your high school’s designated SSD Coordinator to submit an accommodations request. The request process may take up to 7 weeks so start early!
los SAT and SAT Subject Test are national college admissions examinations that measure what you learned in high school and what you need to succeed in college. Learn when and where the test is offered, registration deadlines and fees, which colleges require or recommend the test and other important information by going online or asking your high school counselor.
SAT fee waivers are available to low-income 11th and 12th grade students and SAT Subject Test fee waivers are available for students in grades 9–12. If you’re eligible for a fee waiver, you can take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests for free. Contact your school for more information or go online to see if you meet the eligibility requirements.
Post-Secondary Education (Searching for Colleges)
California Community Colleges: The community college system consists of 110 two-year institutions. Each college provides services for students with disabilities. Contact a specific college for more information.
California State Universities: The California State University system consists of 23 campuses providing bachelor’s (four year) and graduate programs. Each state university provides accommodations for students with disabilities. Contact a specific college for more information about services.
Independent California Colleges and Universities – Comprised of 83 private nonprofit colleges and universities in Northern and Southern California. Each campus provides accommodations for students with disabilities who meet the academic and technical standards required for admission and participation in an educational program or activity. Contact a specific college or university for more information and learn how to apply.
Trade Schools, Vocational and Technical Colleges: A post-secondary institution that’s designed to give students the technical skills to prepare them for a specific occupation. Contact a specific college for more information.
University of California: The University of California is a statewide system of ten campuses providing bachelor’s (four year) and graduate programs. Each campus provides accommodations for students with disabilities. Contact a specific college for more information about services.
Post-Secondary Education (Applying to College)
Assist.org is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another.
Colegios.edu de california provides students with an all-inclusive guide with: college search tools; college major search tools; application types overview (Community College, California State University, University of California); career search tools; financial aid eligibility information, and more!
College Application Fee Waiver – Every income-eligible student who takes the SAT or SAT Subject Tests using a test fee waiver can choose four colleges from over 2,000 participating colleges and apply for free. These waivers will be delivered online to eligible students. Contact your High School or go online for more information.
College Board helps students prepare for a successful transition to college providing information on testing and accommodations (PSAT, SAT, AP, etc.) as well as information on colleges, majors, options for paying for college, free step-by-step college plans, and more!
Common Application – Students are able to complete one college application and send copies to more than 800 schools (private, public, large and small). Simply create an account and begin the application process. The website offers an array of tools, checklists, tips and strategies to help students save time and stay on track to meet deadlines.
CSU Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides admission, academic and financial assistance to low-income, educationally disadvantaged students throughout California. If eligible, EOP participants receive services such as ongoing advising, tutoring, mentoring, and workshops designed to help students succeed and graduate from college. Find out if you meet the eligibility requirements and learn how to apply!
Post-Secondary Education (Paying for College)
California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth – If you are or were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.
California College Promise Grant – Whether you want to move into a career or move on to a four-year university, California community colleges want to help you achieve your educational goals. The California College Promise Grant, available to eligible students, will waive your per unit enrollment fee at any California community college throughout the state.
California Dream Act – The California Dream Act Application allows students interested in attending eligible California Colleges, Universities and Career Education Programs to apply for state financial aid.
CSS Profile – Specific colleges, universities, and scholarship programs use CSS Profile® as part of their financial aid process for some or all of their financial aid applicants.
Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes, una parte del Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos, es el mayor proveedor de ayuda financiera para estudiantes en la nación. Es el dinero que ayuda a un estudiante a pagar los gastos de educación en una universidad, escuela profesional o escuela de posgrado. La ayuda federal para estudiantes cubre gastos tales como matrícula y cuotas, alojamiento y comida, libros y suministros, y transporte. La ayuda también puede ayudar a pagar por una computadora y por cuidado de dependientes.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid: To apply for federal student aid, such as federal grants, work-study, and loans, you need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free and easier than ever, and it gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.
Scholarships and Awards: Click on the links below to view scholarship opportunities.
Post-Secondary Education (Paying for Textbooks and Other Items)
Amazon Prime Student is an online membership program created for college students. As a Prime Student member, you receive a FREE 6-month trial that includes Free Two-Day Shipping on over 100 million items such as textbooks, electronics, school supplies, groceries and more. After your trial, you can choose to pay a reduced monthly or annual fee to continue to use your Prime Student benefits.
Barnes and Noble: Rent or buy textbooks, E-textbooks, lab manuals, study guides, manuals, and workbooks at low prices directly from BN.com. At the end of the semester or quarter, if your purchased textbooks are still in good condition, you can sell your books back to B&N for cash!
Campus Book Rentals provides students with affordable textbooks for rent and free shipping both ways.
Chegg: Save money by buying or renting used or new textbooks and E-textbooks. Chegg also offers 24/7 homework help for a fee, search engines for finding internships and scholarships, and more!
Post-Secondary Education (Academic Adjustments/ Accommodations)
Disabled Students’ Program and Services (DSPS)/ Disability Support Services (DSS) – Students who continue on to higher education have a number of services available to them. Upon admission to college, the student should contact the DSPS or DSS office which will refer the student for services that they may qualify for. You MUST inform the school that you have a disability and need an academic adjustment. Every public and private community college, college, and university has a DSPS office and their own website.
Post-Secondary Education (Tax Benefits)
American Opportunity Tax Credit is a tax credit to help pay for education expenses paid for the first four years of education completed after high school. You can get a maximum annual credit of $2,500 per eligible student and 40% or $1,000 could be refunded if you owe no tax. This credit is subject to income limitations.
Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC) is for qualified tuition and related expenses paid for eligible students enrolled in an eligible educational institution. This credit can help pay for undergraduate, graduate and professional degree courses–including courses to acquire or improve job skills. There is no limit on the number of years you can claim the credit. It is worth up to $2,000 per tax return.
Student Loan Interest Deduction: Student loan interest is interest you paid during the year on a qualified student loan. It includes both required and voluntarily pre-paid interest payments. If your modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is less than $80,000 ($160,000 if filing a joint return), there is a special deduction allowed for paying interest on a student loan (also known as an education loan) used for higher education.This deduction can reduce the amount of your income subject to tax by up to $2,500.
Post-Secondary Education (Resources)
California Cash for College – Students and families can attend FREE Cash for College workshops across California for help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CADAA) and Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications. Enter your current location, zip code, school name or county for workshops near you. Registration is required.
CA Transition Alliance provides resources for students and parents as they transition from secondary education to adult life.
College Affordability and Transparency Center – Search and compare colleges based on costs, majors offered, size of school, campus safety, graduation rates and other criteria.
College Navigator is an interactive website that allows you to explore and compare features of different institutions, including programs and majors, admissions considerations, campus crime statistics and more.
EdSmart Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities – An online college guide that helps students learn about their civil rights, requesting accommodations and supports, choosing the right school, paying for college and more!
Ir a la universidad Contiene información sobre la vida universitaria con una discapacidad. Está diseñado para estudiantes de secundaria y ofrece videoclips, actividades y recursos adicionales que pueden ayudarlos a obtener una ventaja en la planificación de la universidad.
I Can Afford College is a bilingual (English and Spanish) website that educates current or future students about the year-round availability of financial aid at California’s community colleges to pay for fees, books, supplies and sometimes even help with rent. The website also connects students with events in their area to receive one-on-one help completing applications.
Khan Academy offers free online SAT prep courses covering mathematics, reading and writing. They also offer practice online and paper SAT tests, tips, test-taking strategies and more.
Piensa la universidad es una organización nacional dedicada a desarrollar, expandir y mejorar las opciones de educación superior inclusiva para personas con discapacidad intelectual.
Talent Knows No Limits:“Taking Charge of Your Education: A Guide for Young People with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood” is an online transition guide that provides information regarding: Education; Independent Living; Employment; Finances; Healthcare; Social/Recreation; and more!
Public Benefits (Search Tools)
Benefits.gov is a easy-to-use website to help citizens understand which benefit program they may be eligible for and how to apply. Categories include: Disaster Relief; Family and Children’s Services; Financial Assistance; Food and Nutrition; Healthcare and Medical Assistance; Housing and Public Utilities; Immigration and Refugee Assistance; Social Security and more!
Most Commonly Requested Documents (MCRD) – The County of Los Angeles and its partners developed a two-sided information sheet that provides: 1) a list of the most common County administered programs/services and the required documents needed to apply for the programs/services; 2) website information and toll-free telephone numbers to obtain documents needed to apply for the programs/services.
YourBenefitsNow! is a website for Los Angeles County Residents to apply for and to view their benefits online. YourBenefitsNow! supports CalWorks, CalFresh, General Relief and MediCal applications. You can also schedule an in-person appointment for a NEW application.
Social Security Administration
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): Pays benefits to you and certain family members if you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. (Your adult child also may qualify for benefits on your earnings record if he or she has a disability that started before the age of 22.)
Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI) makes monthly payments to people with low income and limited resources who are 65 or older, or blind, or disabled. Your child, if younger than age 18, can qualify if they have a medical condition or combination of conditions that meets Social Security’s definition of disability for children, and if his or her income and resources fall within the eligibility limits.
Directorio de Escuelas del Departamento de Educación de California contiene información sobre las escuelas públicas de California, las escuelas privadas (incluidas las escuelas no públicas que no son públicas), los distritos escolares y las oficinas de educación del condado.
Departamento de Educación de California, Educación Especial El sitio web proporciona información y recursos para atender las necesidades únicas de las personas con discapacidades para que cada persona cumpla o supere los altos estándares de rendimiento en habilidades académicas y no académicas.
Centro de información y recursos para padres, Desarrollar el IEP de su hijo es un recurso heredado de NICHCY que explica los conceptos básicos del proceso de educación especial y le brinda información sobre cómo ser un socio eficaz con la escuela de su hijo.
Derechos de aprendizaje es un servicio legal sin fines de lucro que lucha por el derecho a la educación de un niño. Los derechos de aprendizaje ayudan a las familias de bajos ingresos brindándoles asesoría legal gratuita, defensa, representación directa, educación, capacitación y políticas.
Distritos escolares locales La Oficina de Educación del Condado de Los Ángeles proporciona al público un directorio de todos los Distritos Escolares y Universitarios del Condado de Los Ángeles
Oficina de Audiencias Administrativas (OAH) –Información sobre la solicitud de mediación para educación especial y solicitudes de debido proceso
Special Education Rights and Responsibilities (SERR Manual) by Disability Rights California INGLÉS – ESPAÑOL
Special Education Rights of Parents and Children under the IDEA by the California Department of Education Inglés–Español–Simplified Chinese–Traditional Chinese–Filipino (Tagalog)–Vietnamese
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) specializes in special education support for people with disabilities from birth to age 26 and their families. They support all disabilities, including mental illness, chronic health and medical conditions, and emotional challenges due to abuse or environmental trauma. In the area of assistive technology (AT), they serve all ages, including adults, and help families explore ways to use AT to promote learning, communication, and independence. Call (866) 828-8275 for a location near you!
U.S. Department of Education, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible individuals with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those between the ages of 2 – 21.
Access Los Angeles – Eligibility for Access is based on the person with a disability’s ability to use accessible buses and trains in Los Angeles County, not solely based on the disability, age, or medical diagnosis. For more information on these programs, eligibility requirements or to request an application, visit accessla.org or call Access’ Customer Service at (800) 827-0829.
- Access Services: Offers curb-to curb shared ride service from 4am to 12am, daily. Several riders will be transported at one time in the same vehicle.
- Access to Work (ATW): A pilot program where Access customers can use Access to travel to and from employment or job training. The trips are scheduled to ensure customer gets to work on time. ATW trips have a special one-way fare of $2.00, regardless of distance.
- Free Fare Program: As an Access rider, you can ride most bus and rail systems within Los Angeles County, including Metrolink, for FREE.
City of Beverly Hills
- Dial-A-Ride: Shuttle provides FREE curb to curb services within the City of Beverly Hills M-F 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for Beverly Hills residents, age 62 or older or individuals with a disability. Please call (310) 275-2791 for more information.
- On-Demand Transportation Program: For Beverly Hills residents age 62 or older, and disabled residents with certain medical conditions. Participants may purchase $24 of fare credits for only $6.00. Participants may travel to and from locations that are within 10 miles of the borders of the City of Beverly Hills. Register at www.beverlyhills.org/SeniorOnDemand or call (310) 981-9318.
- Supermarket Shuttle: FREE service for Beverly Hills seniors age 62 and older and disabled residents of any age. Operates on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Serve three markets. Reserve your seat at (310) 275-2791.
- Taxi Coupon Program: Allows eligible residents to purchase one (1) $6 taxi coupon book per month, valued at $24. No more than $12 in taxi coupons may be redeemed per ride. For more information or to register, call (310) 981-9318.
City of Culver City
- Culver CityBus: Serve the Westside communities of Blair Hills, Century City, Culver City, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Palms, Playa Vista, Venice Beach, West Los Angeles, Westchester, and Westwood. For information or assistance, call (310) 253-6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Dial-A-Ride: Shared curb-to-curb transportation service for Culver City residents unable to use fixed-route public transportation services, due to a physician-certified disability. Service runs weekdays, between 8:30 AM and 4:15 PM. Reservations must be made at least one (1) day in advance. Dial-A-Ride is FREE, but there is a suggested donation of $0.50 cents per ride. Call (310) 253-6729 for more information.
- Taxi Coupon Program: Allows approved Dial-A-Ride participants to purchase up to $70-worth of taxi coupons monthly, for just $14. Service is available during the business hours of each participating taxicab company. Call (310) 253-6580.
City of El Segundo
- Dial-A-Ride: Courteous drivers will pick you up at home and transport you to any location in El Segundo. Schedule a ride by contacting Dispatch at (310) 524-2704. Service is available Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-3:00PM.
- Doctor Dial-A-Ride Service: A shuttle service available to all residents of El Segundo that need transportation to and from their various doctor’s appointments. Cost is $5.00 roundtrip with a valid Rec ID. For more information or to make an appointment, call Joslyn Center staff at (310) 524-2704. Available Thursdays, 8:00AM-4:00PM.
- Lunchtime Shuttle: Available Monday – Friday, 11:15am – 2:00pm. Operates on a continuous loop every 15 minutes to 17 corporate and downtown locations. For more information on this FREE service, call (310) 524-2704.
City of Gardena
- BMHS School Tripper: A Line 3 bus that can take students all the way to Bishop Montgomery High School in the morning, and offers them a return trip from the school in the afternoon. This service only runs on weekdays when school is in session.
- Gardena Special Transit: Curb-to-curb transportation service (Dial-A-Ride) for senior citizens (60 and older) and physically disabled residents. Gardena residents can apply for a Gardena Special Transit ID at the Gardena Senior Citizens Bureau. Call the office at (310) 217-9552. For dispatch service, call (310) 965-8848.
- GTrans Bus: Provides public transportation services in the South Bay of Southern California – including the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Compton, Carson, Harbor City, Lawndale and Los Angeles. These services conveniently transport citizens around the area along established bus routes, from neighborhoods and shopping malls to schools and business centers, seven days a week. Call (310) 965-8888.
City of Hawthorne
- AARP Driving Class: Once you make your appointment, you attend a 2 day course 4 hours each day. After completing the class, you will receive a CA DMV certificate which will qualify you for a discount on auto insurance with a good driving record. Be sure to call (310) 349-1650 for an appointment.
- Dial-A-Ride: for residents 60 years of age or disabled. Tokens may be purchased at the Memorial Center after you have registered in the Senior Center and received your ID Card! Call (310) 965-8848 for reservation pick-up at least 24 hours in advance.
City of Inglewood
- Fame: A transportation taxi program for immediate use only for those clients without any other transportation alternatives. Fame coupons are available for eligible participants at the Inglewood Senior Center from the “Transportation Assessor.”
- MTA Bus Pass: Discount bus passes are available for $10 per month for seniors (62+) and disabled Inglewood residents. Each Bus Pass enables you to ride any place the M.T.A. buses travel in Los Angeles County during that month. Contact the Inglewood Senior Center for more information at (310) 412-5338.
- Taxi Coupon Vouchers: In order to qualify for Taxi Coupon Books, a client must either be 60 years or older with demonstrated need or 18 years or older with proof of disability. The dollar amount of taxi coupons used on a one-way trip should not exceed $15. Contact the Inglewood Senior Center for more information at (310) 412-5338.
City of Lawndale
- Beach Cities Transit: For eligible Lawndale residents. Service area includes Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and LAX. Monthly passes vary by type and residence. Download an application at www.beachcitiestransit.org or request one at email@example.com or call (310) 937-6660.
- Lawndale Beat: Seniors 62 years and older and persons with disabilities ride FREE. Children under 6 years of age ride FREE when accompanying a fare-paying adult. Operates Monday-Sunday. For trip planning assistance, call (562) 259-9911.
City of Los Angeles
- DASH Bus: As a participant in the Cityride Program all rides on DASH buses are FREE. You will need to show the driver a government-issued photo identification and your Cityride Card.
- Dial-A-Ride: Provides curb-to-curb, shared rides in lift-equipped vehicles. The service operates within the City of Los Angeles on weekdays, between 6:30am and 4:30pm. Trips may be reserved up to two (2) business days in advance. A one-way trip costs between $2 y $4 in fare value.
- Taxicab Service: Cityride participants can book reduced cost, on-demand taxicab service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Cityride participants can use up to $20 of fare value per trip for taxicab fare payment. The minimum charge is $4. You must pay all fare value over $20, including any tips, by using cash or credit card.
City of Marina del Rey
- Beach Shuttle: FREE year-round service to major points of interest such as Playa Vista, Fisherman’s Village, Mother’s Beach, and Venice Beach Pier. You can also take the shuttle to participate in free special events.
City of Redondo Beach
- Beach Cities Transit: For eligible Redondo Beach. Service area includes Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo and LAX. Monthly passes vary by type and residence. Download an application at www.beachcitiestransit.org or request one at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (310) 937-6660.
- WAVE Dial-A-Ride: For eligible Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach residents. Service area includes Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, or at one of the satellite locations. A curb-to-curb shared-ride transportation for senior (62+) and disabled riders. One-way fares vary by group size. Download an application at www.redondo.org, call (310) 937-6660 or visit the Redondo Beach City Hall.
City of Santa Monica
- Big Blue Bus (BBB): Provides local and bus rapid transit service in Santa Monica and adjacent neighborhoods of Los Angeles (including LAX). Senior, Disabled, Medicare rates are applicable for riders who are 62 or older, or riding with a valid ID. College Students may be eligible for reduced rates. Children 4 & under ride for FREE.
- Blue at Night: A late night, shared, on-demand ride service to/from all three (3) Santa Monica Expo stations (26th Street/Bergamot, 17th Street/SMC, Downtown Santa Monica) for just $3 (one-way) every Friday and Saturday, from 8pm to 3am. You can take up to twenty (20) eligible Blue at Night trips on Lyft per month.
- Mobility On Demand Every Day (MODE): For Santa Monica senior residents (age 60+) or disabled residents (age 18+). Provides curb-to-curb, on-demand transportation. MODE also offers transportation for members needing wheelchair and door-through-door assistance with a specially marked wheelchair van. Members may use the service for any transportation purpose, such as: health care, education, for fun, and shopping. A one-way fare is: $0.50 for clients; $0.25 for Personal Care Attendants and companions. Available Monday-Sunday. Call WISE & Healthy Aging at (310) 394-9871 or visit bigbluebus.com/mode para más información.
- Santa Monica College: SMC college students ride BBB for FREE with a valid student I.D. card and Associated Students (AS) sticker.
Commuter Express makes a limited number of stops, making the travel times as short as possible. Prices range from $57-$140 for a Commuter Express 31-Day Pass.
Acceso completo es una organización que adapta camionetas y equipos para discapacitados y cuenta con equipos de alquiler adaptados disponibles. También brindan servicios de remodelación para hacer más accesibles los hogares. Acceso completo acepta varios seguros privados y está a la espera de la aprobación de Medicare.
Department of Motor Vehicles – Permit and Driver’s License
Help your adolescent study and take their written permit test once they are 15½ – 17½. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers the written test in various languages, large print, audio version, video version (American Sign Language) and person-to-person (examiner asks the questions). Contact the DMV specialist to request accommodations ahead of time at 1-800-777-0133.
Once your adolescent has passed a written driving test, holds a provisional instruction permit, and has or will have access to an insured vehicle, WRC may assist with funding for the cost of driver education classes AFTER the first 25 hours (WRC Service Standards, pg. 51). Speak to your Service Coordinator for more information.
Placas y placas de estacionamiento para personas con discapacidad (PD) - Proporcionado por el Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados, usted puede calificar para una placa de Persona Discapacitada o placas de licencia de Persona Discapacitada si tiene movilidad reducida debido a que perdió el uso de una o más extremidades inferiores, o ambas manos, o tiene una enfermedad diagnosticada que perjudica o interfiere con la movilidad, o alguien que está gravemente incapacitado para no poder moverse sin la ayuda de un dispositivo de asistencia. También puede calificar si tiene problemas visuales específicos y documentados, como visión reducida o visión parcial.
HopSkipDrive – Get your kids from home to school or camp, or to extracurricular activities any day of the week. Schedule one-time rides up to 8 hours in advance or by 7pm for morning rides, and make last minute changes without worry. For regular activities like after school practice or classes, schedule a recurring ride with ease.
Link Lennox provides an affordable and efficient transit service to connect area residents to key destinations in the Lennox community. The Link-Lennox shuttles serve the Metro Rail Green Line Hawthorne Boulevard station, other key destinations include Centinela Hospital, County offices, parks, public schools, libraries, shopping centers and other heavy traveled destinations. General fare is 25 cents per trip. Senior citizens (60 and older), persons with disabilities, and children five years old and younger ride for FREE.
LIFE (Low-Income Fare is Easy) Program – Adult riders, Senior/Disabled, K-12 grade students and full time College/Vocational students are eligible if their incomes are within a specified range. The following transit operators accept LIFE coupons toward fare on their respective systems: Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA); Culver City Bus; Foothill Transit; LADOT Transit; Long Beach Transit; Metro; Montebello Bus Lines; Norwalk Transit System; Santa Clarita Transit; Santa Monica Big Blue Bus; Torrance Transit.
los Lyft app makes it easier for riders with disabilities to get from A to B at the push of a button. With the Lyft app, riders no longer have to prearrange rides through a dispatcher or other, less convenient, ways. Riding with Lyft costs less than a taxi and drivers are always nearby, so you can get picked up, on demand, in minutes.
Autoridad Metropolitana de Transporte (MTA) – Metro’s Reduced Fare Programs enable eligible applicants to obtain special TAP cards and purchase reduced-rate monthly passes to qualified Senior citizens, Disabled/Medicare, College/Vocational or Students (K-8 and 9-12).
New Freedom Door Assistance Transportation Program is a same-day service that allows older adults (over the age of 60) and/or disabled adults, to get where they need to go while maintaining their independence, health, and well-being. Those who use this service can travel anywhere within Los Angeles County for reasons such as medical appointments, grocery shopping, social and recreational events, employment opportunities, education, and more at no cost. Services are available 7 days per week. Special accommodations, such as wheelchair accessible vans and ramps are available. Applications to this program can be requested by emailing, calling or completing an online application.
Uber - La aplicación Uber hace que sea más fácil para los corredores con discapacidades llegar de A a B con solo presionar un botón. Con la aplicación Uber, los usuarios ya no tienen que organizar de antemano los viajes a través de un despachador o recurrir a otros medios, menos convenientes, para llamarlos. Tecnología de asistencia como las alertas visibles y vibrantes pueden ayudar a los pasajeros sordos o con problemas de audición a usar la aplicación Uber fácilmente, y las características de la aplicación, como la capacidad de ingresar a un destino, pueden facilitar la comunicación no verbal entre el conductor y el conductor-compañero. Elija su viaje y establezca su ubicación. Verá la foto del conductor y los detalles del vehículo, y podrá rastrear su llegada al mapa.
Universal College Student Transit Pass (U-Pass) Program: This reduced-fare transit pass offers students enrolled in a credit or non-credit class at any U-Pass participating school unlimited rides on Metro’s rail/bus lines and other transit agencies (Big Blue Bus, Culver City, Torrance Transit, DASH and Norwalk). To sign up, check the list of participating colleges. If your school is listed, sign up online through your college website or in person at your college campus. Pricing varies depending on your college. Payment to participate is paid directly to your college instead of Big Blue Bus.