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The term developmental disabilities includes intellectual disabilities (previously called mental retardation), epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, and conditions that require support similar to that provided to persons with an intellectual disability.
Autismis a disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate, play, and relate to others. A diagnosis of autistic disorder is made when an individual displays 6 or more symptoms across three major areas: (a) social interaction, (b) communication, and (c) restricted and repetitive behaviors. Click here to read “Understanding Autism: A Parent’s Guide.”
Cerebral Palsy(also known as CP) is a disorder that affects muscle coordination and body movement, usually causing stiffness. Cerebral Palsy can be caused either when the brain does not develop properly during pregnancy or there is damage to the brain before, during or after birth. Someone with mild CP might have a slight limp while someone with a more severe case of CP may require a wheelchair.Click here to read “Understanding Cerebral Palsy: A Parent’s Guide.”
Down Syndrome is one of the most common genetic disorders, affecting about 1 in 800 to 1000 live born children. It occurs among all ethnic groups and economic classes. The disorder is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome – people with Down syndrome are born with three copies of chromosome 21, instead of the usual two. This is caused by an error in cell division called “nondisjunction”, which usually occurs at conception and is not related to anything the mother did during pregnancy.Click here to read “Understanding Down Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide.”
Dual Diagnosisis a term applied to the co-existence of both developmental disabilities (autism, intellectual disability, epilepsy, or cerebral palsy) and mental health issues.
Epilepsyis a disorder that is characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures may involve loss of consciousness, uncontrolled body movements, and loss of memory. However, having a seizure does not necessarily mean that a person has epilepsy. You can only be diagnosed with epilepsy if you have had two or more unprovoked seizures. Click here to read “Understanding Epilepsy: A Parent’s Guide.”
Intellectual Disability(previously known as mental retardation) is a term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and adaptive skills. These limitations will cause a child to learn and develop more slowly than a typical child. For example, it may take them longer to learn to speak, walk, or take care of their personal needs such as dressing or eating. Click here to read “Understanding Intellectual Disability: A Parent’s Guide.”
The following resources are for all populations including families, adult individuals, and children.
Attention Deficit Disorder is the world’s leading adult ADHD organization. We are an international non-profit – 501C – organization founded over twenty-five years ago to help adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) lead better lives. Since its inception, ADDA 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.
ADD Resources help people with ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities.
LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.
Asperger/Autism Network works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We do this by providing information, education, community, support, and advocacy–all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.
Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Association serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work with them, providing crucial resources and support as they face challenges, build on their strengths and fulfill their potential.
Ability Tools, formerly the AT Network, is California’s Assistive Technology Act Program that provides a variety of services for Californians with disabilities of all ages.
EmpowerTech is Los Angeles County’s only non-profit organization devoted to bringing the latest in assistive technology to children and adults living with disabilities.
Autism Center of Excellence center’s mission is to discover an early behavioral and biological signature of infants at risk for autism as young as 12-months.
Autism Science Foundation mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.
Autism Society of America is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization. They work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.
Autism Society of Los Angeles is a non-profit 501c3 corporation serving millions of people in the L.A. area affected by autism. They aim to improve the lives of all affected by autism in Los Angeles County by empowering individuals with autism, their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support, and community collaboration.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment involves understanding the origins of social, communicative, and language deficits demonstrated by individuals with autism. It also focuses on the design and testing of experimental treatment interventions.
American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
Blind or Visually Impaired
American Foundation for the Blind provides resources, research, and advocacy for people who are blind or visually impaired, the people who work with them, and the general public. One of the foundation’s most famous ambassadors was Helen Keller, who spent 40 years working for the organization.
National Federation of the Blind is the largest membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB’s focus is advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.
Cerebral Palsy Group offers resources and information on Cerebral Palsy for families and those diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
My Child at Cerebral Palsy provides information, tips, resources, encouragement and inspiration to individuals touched by Cerebral Palsy.
UCLA/Orthopedic Hospital for Cerebral Palsy is dedicated to improving function in children and adults with cerebral palsy through a program of timely diagnosis, comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment.
Voter Registration in California, you must be a US citizen, a resident of California, 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony. If you have a developmental disability and need assistance registering to vote, please ask your Service Coordinator for help.
California Relay Service (CRS): If you have limitations hearing or speaking a specially-trained Communications Assistant (CA) can relay telephone conversations for all of your calls.
Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles is here to enhance the welfare of people with Down Syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs and to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of Down Syndrome.
National Down Syndrome Society works every day to increase public awareness about Down syndrome and discover its underlying causes through research, education and advocacy.
Affordable Colleges Online students with disabilities who are entering college will find that there are selective scholarship opportunities for which they may apply that can help pay for school. Discover scholarships, both narrowly- and broadly-focused, that can help students with disabilities pay for their educations, as well as additional resources for obtaining funding.
County of Los Angeles Public Library provides computer use, laptop checkout & unlimited Wi-Fi access; programs for families and children; free Online Learning for Personal & Professional Development; Passport Services; free online Live Homework help for kids and teens; free citizenship events; free online language-learning classes for all ages; and more!
Early Head Start is designed to nurture and support your child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development, from birth to age three. Pregnant mothers can even benefit from Early Head Start resources and services, such as parenting and nutrition classes to learn how to fully take care of themselves and their babies. They also provide resources to support healthy development and learning at home, family health and nutrition, and coordinate services for children with special needs.
EdSmart Winning in College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities
Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC) provides a useful storehouse of information for parents of children with disabilities, focusing on the efforts of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC). The council facilitates federal, state and local activities related to serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, from birth through age 5, who receives services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as other federally funded programs such as health care, child care and social services.
Fiesta Educativa provides information and training to Latino families on how to obtain services for all persons with disabilities. Training is also provided to professionals who work with these families. Fiesta Educativa’s efforts include an annual statewide conference on topics such as resources, patient and client rights, educational and vocational programs, and stress management for families; home-based parent education and training program “Fiesta Familiar”; and an advocacy and outreach project assisting families and persons with disabilities to make the best use of the agencies and resources available to them in their communities.
Head Start gives kids, ages three to five, the learning and social skills they need to be ready to start school. They also help provide families with the support they need most, including making healthy food choices and ensuring every child is receiving regular medical and dental care. We also help coordinate additional services for children and families, including nutrition, services for children with special needs, and mental health services.
Head Start Center for Inclusion website contains a wealth of information on supporting and including children with special needs in the classroom and home. Look here for training materials, tools, as well as other resources.
The Help Group provides innovative and comprehensive special education and therapeutic programs. The Help Group has been dedicated to serving young people with special needs related to autism, Asperger’s Disorder, learning disabilities, emotional development, mental retardation, and abuse and neglect.
California Employment Consortium for Youth is a collaboration of 45+ representatives of 25+ state agencies, associations, and organizations, families, and self-advocates with responsibilities for the education, rehabilitation, employment, and support of youth with disabilities. The CECY aims to stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) in competitive integrated employment (CIE).
Getting Hired– Employment opportunities for Individuals with disabilities – Bridging the Gap between Job Seekers with Disabilities & Employers Looking to Hire
My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers.
“Talent Knows No Limits” serves to spread awareness of the myriad of services and resources available to the disabled job-seeking community; as well as to employers that can benefit from this valuable labor pool. TKNL also strives to break barriers and to address misconceptions about the employability of people with disabilities.
UCLA Extension Education is a sequential program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, offering a blend of educational, social, and vocational experiences, taught and supervised by experienced instructors sensitive to the individual needs of our students. On campus, Pathway students attend classes and participate with UCLA students in the many social, recreational, and cultural activities of a major university.
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE’s mission is to cure epilepsy, transforming and saving millions of lives. We identify and fund cutting-edge research, challenging scientists worldwide to collaborate and innovate in pursuit of this goal.
The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy though research, education, advocacy, and services. This site has general information on epilepsy as well as information on research, programs, and advocacy.
Fragile X Syndrome
Finding a Cure for Fragile X is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization committed to finding a cure for fragile X. FRAXA has funded more than $26 million in biomedical research, yielding discoveries that are changing the lives of families coping with fragile X.
National Fragile X Syndrome has the latest articles, news and events, along with stories directly from the families they serve. Their mission is to provide unwavering support for every family affected by Fragile X, while relentlessly pursuing a cure.
Achievable Health Center provide high quality, integrated health care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and other vulnerable populations.
Caregivers & Older Adults Connected & Healthy (COACH) program is designed to help aging and disabled adults 55+ remain in their homes with dignity and independence. COACH provides this fully customized support and connects underserved and at-risk people and their caregivers to a wide range of services based on individual assessment of needs and geographic location, Los Angeles County/Orange County. COACH provides services at no cost to the community.
Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.
Healthy City improves the ability of low income, underserved children, adolescents, and their families to access services and advocate for critical resources in their neighborhoods and communities.
L.A. Care is an independent public agency created by the state of California to provide health coverage to low-income Los Angeles County residents.
Safety Net is a web site is dedicated to the dissemination of information on the prevention and mitigation of risk factors for persons with developmental disabilities. The site includes information from across the nation on current research and best practices and practical information directed towards improving consumers’ health and safety and insuring their protection from harm.
Saint John’s Health Center provides information about Health & Wellness, Patient & Physician Information, Special Events, and Volunteer Opportunities.
Venice Family Clinic is one of the largest free clinics in the United States, the Venice Family Clinic serves as a beacon of hope and healing for low income families. Find out about services and events.
211 L.A. County is a dedicated service that provides an easy-to-use, caring, professional source of guidance, advocacy, and 24 hours 7 days per week access to a comprehensive range of human services to the people of Los Angeles County.
DDS Housing Resources: This site provides information about affordable housing projects in which DDS is involved. The site also links users to public and private agencies that can assist individuals with developmental disabilities in finding affordable housing.
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) has grown to become one of the nation’s largest and leading public housing authorities, providing the largest supply of quality affordable housing to residents of the City of Los Angeles. HACLA provides more than a place to live. It offers a range of programs specifically for low income, homeless, disabled, children and seniors.
Housing.LACity.org 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.
The Infant Development Association of California‘s mission is to foster collaboration between families and professionals working with children, birth to three with special needs. The Infant Development Association of California provides education, leadership and advocacy.
March of Dimes improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy.
The Arc is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities where they promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
LD Online seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, multimedia, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, very active forums, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.
Learning Disabilities of America provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.
National Center for Learning Disabilities provides information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.
Legal Services and Advocacy
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates work to protect and enforce the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families. Their primary goal is to secure high quality educational services and to promote excellence in advocacy.
Disability Rights California advocates, educates, investigates and litigates to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities. They assist with Regional Centers, employment, special education, mental health, benefits and managed care, discrimination, and voting. Each Regional Center has a Clients’ Rights Advocate that is provided by DRC and is there to help individuals and families when then need assistance.
Learning Rights 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.
TASK, Team of Advocates for Special Kids is a nonprofit organization that specializes in special education and assistive technology support for the families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.
Reach Across L.A. is a cross-systems, collaborative program administered by Westside Regional Center. The program focuses on recognizing and addressing the needs of individuals with dual diagnosis. It was established in 2008 and is made possible by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) grant funding from the California Department of Developmental Services.
SanaMente is a California focused mental health movement providing information, resources, training and support.
American Society for Nutrition supports its members and fulfills its mission by fostering and enhancing research in animal and human nutrition; providing opportunities for sharing, disseminating, and archiving peer-reviewed nutrition research results); fostering quality education and training in nutrition; upholding standards for ethical behavior in research, the protection of human subjects, and the care and treatment of research animals; providing opportunities for fellowship and support among nutritionists; and bringing scientific knowledge to bear on nutrition issues through communication and influence in the public domain.
Eat Right-Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
Meals on Wheels West for People & PETS No matter why a person is unable to leave home, a recent hospital stay, poor health, accident or disability, they often face the major difficulties of poor nutrition, limited mobility and isolation. Meals on Wheels West deliver medically appropriate meals and a wellness check to homebound clients.
Nutrition.gov is a USDA-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthful eating choices.
P2P (Parent 2 Parent) is a national non-profit organization that promotes excellence in P2P programs across the nation. Parent to Parent programs have been providing emotional and informational support to families.
Family Voices is a national family-led organization of families and friends of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) and disabilities. We connect a network of family organizations across the United States that provide support to families of CYSHCN. We promote partnership with families at all levels of health care–individual and policy decision-making levels—in order to improve health care services and policies for children.
Parents Helping Parents supports, educates, and inspires families and the community to build bright futures for children with special needs.
CaliforniaColleges.edu provides students with an all-inclusive guide for their college & career paths & enables educators to track their progress.
Exceptional Minds Studio is a nonprofit vocational school and working studio that prepares young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in digital animation and visual effects.
Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. It’s money that helps a student pay for education expenses at a college, career school, or graduate school. Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid also can help pay for a computer and for dependent care.
Going to College contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college.
Santa Monica College, Disability Resources offers guidance and counseling on admissions requirements and procedures, as well as a number of special programs to help students with their academic, vocational, and career planning goals. In addition, the Center offers services such as tutoring, specialized equipment, and test proctoring, among many other accommodations for students who are eligible. Please visit their site for more information or call 310-434-4265 or 310-434-4273(TDD).
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability.
AYSO Region 7 (Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Inglewood, Ladera Heights) conducts an AYSO VIP soccer program for athletes with mental or physical challenges every fall from September through November. Started locally in 1999 and winner of a 2001 WRC Excellence Award for community based programs, AYSO Region 7 provides a full soccer experience for special needs athletes regardless of age, ability, experience, or where they live.
Best Buddies program links volunteers with people with intellectual disabilities.
Boys and Girls Club of America provides sports & recreation, arts, education, health & wellness, and character & leadership after school programs to youth in the community.
Easterseals Camp is a week-long resident camp serving children and adults in the San Bernardino Mountains. Held at Camp Oakes, an accredited American Camping Association site, Easterseals’ camps offer children and adults with disabilities the same excitement and activities available at other camps.
Elysian Park Therapeutic Recreation Center provides quality recreation programs for persons with disabilities to maximize their cognitive, social, and recreational growth. Activities, programs, and special events are designed for individuals with disabilities to promote wellness, increase self-esteem, provide opportunities for socialization, and improve psycho-motor development in a safe and well supervised environment. This facility has an amphitheater with outdoor seating that can accommodate 200 to 300 people. A therapeutic program for children and teens with disabilities is available.
Friendship Circle aims to provide children and teenagers with special needs and their families with many of the social and recreational opportunities that are currently available to the general community.
Kids Like Me (The Help Group) offers a number of after-school programs for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs in the Los Angeles area.
Leaps n Boundz provides adaptive sports, recreation and social programming for individuals with special needs. They teach in therapeutic and fun environments that promote strength and growth in all aspects of life.
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. For more information on the Little League Challenger Division, contact 570-326-1921, ext.2254; or email challenger@LittleLeague.org.
Culver City has a Challenger League, for more information click here.
My Play Club – is a free community outreach program of Shane’s Inspiration that brings children of ALL abilities together at one of our inclusive playgrounds for a play date. They buddy children with challenges with typically developing kids, giving both the opportunity to get to know about each other.
Queue-Up is a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program for all youth and adults including Veterans, those with Disabilities, PSTD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Multiple Sclerosis and Learning or Language Disabilities. Members learn the art and technique of horseback riding. We have had enormous success in paring members with horses.
Reserve California website allows you to make online reservations for camping, lodging, boating, tours, and activities in California.
Shane’s Inspiration Playground projects are designed to be accessible playgrounds and inclusive playgrounds for children with disabilities to play along with typically-abled children. These free, outdoor inclusive play environments are age-appropriate and include safe, state-of-the-art, sensory-rich structures that encourage healing in children with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
Sierra Club, the Angeles Chapter, provides opportunities for youth and their families to get outdoors to explore enjoy & protect our natural world.
Special Needs Network raises public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults. SNN serves as a link between under-served communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions.
Special Olympics Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley Regions offer 11 Olympic-style individual and team sports (e.g. track & field, basketball, bocce, golf, swimming, bowling, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, floor hockey) that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Team Santa Monica is a swim club, non-profit, parent-run organization. It serves Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Culver City, Venice, Marina del Rey, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and the Westside of Los Angeles.
Vermont Studio Center – A nonprofit, year-round, international creative community, dedicated to serving artists and writers in an open, nurturing, supportive work environment.
Westside Special Olympics – Special Olympics Southern California-Westside offers year-round sports programs and competitions for athletes in Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, West Hollywood, West LA, Century City, Westwood, Culver City, Mar Vista, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey and Westchester.
Access provides transportation throughout Los Angeles City for persons with developmental disabilities who meet their criteria.
Big Blue Bus – All Big Blue Buses offer riders many accessibility features and services, including: ramp boarding for mobility devices; LED screens that display information for riders with hearing challenges; audio announcements at bus entry and on-board for riders with sight challenges; and large print schedules.
CityRide is a transportation assistance program for individuals age 65 or older and qualified disabled persons in the City of Los Angeles and select areas of Los Angeles County. The program offers Cityride participants reduced costs for the purchase of City of Los Angeles permitted taxi rides and Cityride Dial-A-Ride services.
Complete Access is an organization that adapts vans and equipment for the disabled and has adapted rental equipment available. They also provide remodeling services to make homes more accessible. Complete Access accepts various private insurance and is awaiting Medicare approval.
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. ACCESS Services users ride Culver CityBus for free with a valid ACCESS card. Personal care attendants are required to pay full fare when accompanying the ACCESS Services user. All Culver City buses are wheelchair/mobility device accessible.
MTA – Provides a discount monthly pass and cash fare to qualified senior citizens and disabled persons.
Uber -Choose your ride and set your location. You’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map.
A generic resource is a service provided by an agency that has a legal responsibility to provide services to the general public and receives public funds for providing those services. According to the Lanterman Act, regional centers must exhaust all available generic resources before accessing their funded services. Some generic agencies you might be referred to are:
California Children’s Services (CCS): A state program for children with certain diseases or health problems. Through this program, children up to 21 years old can get the health care and services they need.
Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP): A preventative health program. They help children and teens stay healthy and find health problems before they become painful by working to make health care available to all children who are uninsured or under-insured.
Denti-Cal: The Medi-Cal Program currently offers dental services as one of the program’s many benefits. Under the guidance of the California Department of Health Care Services, the Medi-Cal Dental Services Program aims to provide Medi-Cal beneficiaries with access to high-quality dental care.
Department of Mental Health (DOMH): Serves populations suffering from persistent mental illness, especially those with no safe living environment, inadequate access to resources, and absent family or kin. Highest priority is afforded to those struggling in foster care, subsisting in the streets/shelters, frequenting ERs, “living” on psychiatry wards, and languishing in the criminal justice system.
In-Home Support Services (IHSS): 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.
Local School Districts The Los Angeles County Office of Education provides the public with a directory of all Los Angeles County School and College Districts
Medi-Cal: Offers free or low-cost health coverage for California residents who meet eligibility requirements. Most applicants who apply through Covered California and enroll in Medi-Cal will receive care through managed health plans.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI): A Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Voting Rights Election Day Hotline IF YOU HAVE A DISABILITY AND: • YOU CANNOT GET INTO YOUR POLLING PLACE • THE ACCESSIBLE VOTING MACHINE IS NOT WORKING • OTHER PEOPLE CAN SEE HOW YOU ARE VOTING • YOU ARE TOLD YOU CANNOT VOTE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A DISABILITY • YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE OR THE VOTING PROCESS DISABILITY RIGHTS CALIFORNIA CAN: • EXPLAIN YOUR RIGHTS • WORK TO RESOLVE THE PROBLEM • HELP YOU FILE A COMPLAINT Voice – 1.888.569.7955 TTY – 1.800.719.5798 If you need to call through relay, you can contact the California Relay Service by dialing 711. For assistance in languages other than English and Spanish, you may be put on hold while we connect with interpreters. Download Election Day Hotline Flyer (Docx)
Voting Videos and Resources
DRC Public Service Announcement Voting Videos https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/post/voting-videos-and-resources
DRC works so people with disabilities can vote privately and independently. We train poll workers and people with disabilities about voting rights. We make sure poll places and voting machines are accessible.
DRC’s Voting Rights Unit advocates ensuring that voting is fully accessible for people with disabilities by educating government agencies about best practices and by educating voters with disabilities about their rights including options that allow them to vote privately and independently. DRC’s Voting Rights Unit provides outreach in the disability community with voting rights and civic participation trainings; advocates with government agencies to improve the voter registration process for people with disabilities; collaborates with election officials to improve accessibility of the voting process; runs an election day hotline to assist voters with election related complaints; tests accessible voting equipment; creates helpful publications for both voters with disabilities and election officials; trains poll workers on making voting accessible; and participates on disability-focused committees in numerous counties.
Are You Having Difficulty Voting Because of a Disability? CALL: 1-888-569-7955
REV UP: Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/ The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! Full political participation for Americans with disabilities is a top priority. AAPD works with state and national coalitions on effective, non-partisan campaigns to eliminate barriers to voting, promote accessibility of voting technology and polling places; educate voters about issues and candidates; promote turnout of voters with disabilities across the country; engage candidates and the media on disability issues, and protect eligible voters’ right to participate in elections. Join the REV UP Campaign Email List If you are unable to access the voter registration form through the link above click here. If you are a resident of a US territory you can register to vote at Vote.gov Voter Registration Deadlines from USA.gov 2018 REV UP Campaign Resources Issues Guide The Issues Guide provides a comprehensive, yet concise overview of the issues, legislation, and regulations that have a significant impact on the disability community. It is meant to serve as a tool for voters, advocates, candidates, and the media to be better informed on the issues that matter to people with disabilities. National Disability Voter Registration Week Toolkit The NDVRW Toolkit includes: a guide on how to organize voter registration events, ideas on other ways to participate in NDVRW, sample social media posts and graphics, and other resources. If you are planning voter registration events or other activities, please keep the REV UP Campaign updated on your efforts. While NDVRW 2018 has already passed (July 16-20, 2018), this Toolkit includes useful resources for holding voter registration events. National Disability Voter Registration Week Social Media Toolkit Sample social media posts and graphics to promote National Disability Voter Registration Week. While NDVRW 2018 has already passed (July 16-20, 2018), this Toolkit includes other relevant sample posts. Candidate Questionnaire Template This Candidate Questionnaire Template includes a variety of questions addressing topics that are important to the disability community. If you issue a candidate questionnaire for a state or local race, please keep the REV UP Campaign updated on your efforts. Candidate Forum Guide This Candidate Forum Guide links to existing candidate forum guides, highlights considerations specific to forums organized by the disability community, and outlines how to engage with other candidate forums. If you organize a candidate forum for a state or local race, please keep the REV UP Campaign updated on your efforts. Election Accessibility Toolkit This Election Accessibility Toolkit is a tool to assist disability advocacy organizations and individual advocates when working with voters and election officials. It also includes information on troubleshooting problems encountered on Election Day, reporting barriers, and additional resources. Report Regarding the Accessibility of 2016 Election Polling Places This white paper on the accessibility of 2016 election polling places includes analyses which show that people with disabilities face particular challenges in voting and voter registration. These challenges explain in large part the gap between voting by people with and without disabilities. The paper concludes with recommendations to the Federal Government and to States to improve accessibility in subsequent elections. All 2018 REV UP Campaign Resources Use this form to access all of the 2018 REV UP Campaign Resources. List of REV UP Partners Establish or Join the REV UP Disability Voting Coalition in your State The purpose of REV UP State Disability Voting Coalitions is to demonstrate that the power of the disability vote has the potential to ensure that all candidates and elected officials address issues that are important to people with disabilities by increasing the political participation of people with disabilities. We have Coalitions established and developing in 21 states and are working to expand to more! We are looking for leaders who can pull together and organize advocates in their state to work together around voter registration and engagement activities and help establish a strong, diverse Coalition. Contact us if you are interested in getting involved. Voter Information and Resources The list below is a resource to help you register to vote, learn about the issues, and organize the disability vote. The REV UP Campaign aims to increase the political participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. REV UP stands for Register! Educate! Vote! Use your Power! As a voter with a disability, you have the right to: -Vote privately and independently -Have an accessible polling place with voting machines for voters with disabilities -Wheelchair-accessible voting booths -Entrances and doorways that are at least 32 inches wide -Handrails on all stairs
-Voting equipment that is accessible to voters who are blind or who have low vision -Bring your service animal with you into your polling place -Seek assistance from workers at the polling place who have been trained to use the accessible voting machine -Bring someone to help you vote (including a friend, family member, caregiver, assisted living provider, or almost anyone else, but not your employer or union representative).
Register Resources and tools for voter registration. Voter Registration Deadlines – USA.gov offers a table detailing the voter registration deadlines in each state. Rock The Vote – Get registered, get informed, and get involved. Rock The Vote offers voter registration resources, election FAQs, and opportunities to help build the political power of young people in the United States. Long Distance Voter – Website where you can request an absentee ballot as well as view the deadline to register in each state. TurboVote – An application that makes voting easy. Sign up to keep track of your elections, local and national. You can also get registered, update your voter registration, or request an absentee ballot.
Verify your Registration Status – Not sure if you’ve registered to vote? HeadCount offers an online tool to check your voter registration status and find your polling place. Educate Resources and tools for voter education. -10 Tips for Voters with Disabilities – The US Election Assistance Commission created this tip sheet to help voters with disabilities vote privately and independently. -Election Laws – Electionary provides an online guide to state election laws in the US. -SignVote – SignVote is a Deaf and Hard of Hearing community-based Voter GOTV mobilization effort. -Rooted In Rights – Watch a video and read through an informative page on how to register, where to learn about the candidates and issues, and how to find other resources. Check it out! -#CripTheVote – Find blogs on Voting, Disabled Youth, & #CripTheVote and Disability Advocacy and Twitter: Why Use it?. You can also join the conversation online with #CripTheVote. -One Vote Now – Partner project of NACDD and DREDF to enhance the voting bloc of people with disabilities. Visit their site for information on voting, registration, and polling place accessibility. -Barrier to Voting for Older Americans – Senators Bob Casey and Amy Klobuchar released a report on Barriers to Voting for Older Americans: How States are Making it Harder for Seniors to Vote and What can be Done to Make it Easier. -Tools to Rate Website Accessibility – The Pew Charitable Trusts wrote an article about various web accessibility tools to help ensure that voters with disabilities can access your content. -Voting Methods and Equipment By State – The types of voting equipment used in the United States vary significantly from state to state. Ballotpedia offers this state-by-state guide. -Election Assistance Commission – The national clearinghouse of information on election administration, from voting system testing and certification to data on how Americans voted in recent federal elections. Click here to learn more about voting accessibility. -A poll worker’s guide to assisting voters with disabilities – A resource for poll workers produced by Disability Rights Tennessee. -Top 3 best fact checking sites – icitizen shared a blog about the top 3 best fact checking sites to help stay on top of the news and determine the truth. -Guide for Political Campaign Staff – The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) created “Including People with Disabilities in Your Political Campaign: A Guide for Campaign Staff” to assist political campaigns with understanding the access needs, potential barriers, and interests of the disability community. Vote Resources and tools for casting a ballot and access to the polls. -Voter Hub – The Voter Participation Center’s Voter Hub shares state-by-state information on voter registration, early voting, voter ID, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, and other details around the upcoming election. -Election Protection – Visit www.866ourvote.org or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) if you have any issues or concerns related to Election Day. Call 888-Ve-Y-Vota (888-839-8682) for Bilingual English and Spanish assistance Call 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) for assistance in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, or Tagalog Call #YallaVote 844-418-1682 – Bilingual: English and Arabic -State Protection & Advocacy Agencies – NCIL has compiled a directory of state protection and advocacy voter assistance hotlines. -Voter Support Service – AAPD is proud to partner with The Arc of the United States on their Voter Support Service for people with disabilities. The site helps voters report and resolve voting barriers in real time. -Voter Protection App for Latino Voters – LatinoJustice PRLDEF has launched a new smartphone voter protection app to help citizens report voting rights violations while voting in the 2016 elections. The app is in both English and Spanish and can be downloaded on iTunes and Google Play. -Carpool Vote – A national platform connecting volunteer drivers with anybody needing a ride to cast their vote. The platform is accessible to voters with disabilities. -Early Voting Calendar – Many states allow early voting, which takes place in person before Election Day. Vote.org offers a table detailing the early voting dates for states that offer it. -Google Voting – Get polling place and ballot information quickly and easily from Google by searching “who’s on my ballot“ or “where to vote“ -SMS Tool – The Voting Information Project supports a SMS Tool that provides voters with election information via text message. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and registration URLs. The app is available in multiple languages. -Voter ID Requirements – VoteRiders released a wallet-sized Voter ID Info Card (in English and Spanish) for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Each card provides a breakdown of the voter ID requirements in that specific state. VoteRiders also provides voter ID assistance, including via pro bono lawyers, to citizens in every state. They also host a Voter ID Hotline: 1-844-338-8743. -Spread The Vote – Spread The Vote provides direct assistance to help voters obtain the proper identification to vote in their state. They are currently active in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. -Know Your Right To Vote – The Arc has compiled a resource on knowing your voting rights as a person with a disability. -Make Sure Your Voice is Heard at the Polls – AAPD and Easterseals collaborated to produce this Three-Step Checklist on the rights of voters with disabilities as well as a Voter Resource Card. -Vote. It’s Your Right. – A guide to the voting rights of people with mental health disabilities. Produced by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, National Disability Rights Network, and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (plain-language version). -Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law – Information on guardianship and voting. Learn more! -Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) – Information and resources on guardianship and voting, a Voter Education Toolkit, and GoVoter. -Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under ‘Incompetence’ Laws – This article from Pew Charitable Trusts explores states that eliminate the right to vote for people with disabilities under Guardianship. -ADA Checklist for Polling Places – This 25-page document is an updated technical assistance publication on polling place accessibility for voters with disabilities. -Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Manual – The Voting Rights Subcommittee of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has released a GOTV Manual for the 2016 election. -Secure Our Vote – Secure Our Vote is a coalition of organizations and concerned citizens focused on making sure elections are secure from hacking and computer error. Use your Power Resources and tools for amplifying the power of the disability vote. -Nonprofit VOTE – Offers a Voter Engagement Resource Library containing fact sheets, checklists, toolkits, and other resources on nonpartisan voter engagement as well as Seven Tips on Getting Out the Vote and their newly updated online guide for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. -Volunteer Opportunities – National Voter Corps helps individuals identify voter rights organizations in their state for volunteer opportunities. -Engaging New Voters – This report from Nonprofit Vote evaluates the potential of nonprofit service providers and community-based organizations to increase voting among their younger clients and constituents, while also assessing best practices for doing so. -Activate Social Media – The REV UP Campaign has compiled some sample social media posts that you can pair with REV UP logos and graphics. -The Election Toolkit – The Center for Technology and Civil Life (CTCL) created a website that holds a collection of free (or cheap) tools that are built for you to use to increase civic engagement — turnout, voter registration — and to smooth operations in polling places. -The First Step: A Basic Guide to Civic Engagement – Disability Rights Texas produced this civic engagement guide to help citizens understand how they can get involved in their community. -They Work For Us: A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to your Elected Officials – an advocacy toolkit from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network available in plain text and easy read versions. -How to Set up a Meeting with Your Member of Congress – Families USA provides a step-by-step guide that outlines how to have a successful meeting with Members of Congress. -GOTV Phone Banking Guide – The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has prepared a guide for conducting get-out-the-vote (GOTV) phone calls. -United Way – The United Way offers a Voter Engagement Toolkit with information on how to remain nonpartisan while engaging voters. -2016 Voter Experience Survey – Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) compiled a final report based on their survey of 761 voters with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 40 states about their experiences voting. -Open Records Laws – The National Association of Counties has a State By State Report on Open Records Laws that provides information on the process of requesting public information in every state. -Political Campaigns and Charities – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a guide to help nonprofit organizations determine how to legally participate in voter education and engagement activities. 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