- Disability Related Information
- Accessibility in the Community
- Aging & Older Adults
- Assistive Technology
- Citizenship/ Immigration
- Civic Engagement
- Community Inclusion
- Deaf+ and Telephone Communication
- Dental/ Dental Insurance
- Educational Resources
- Employment/ Career Search
- Financial Assistance Programs
- Financial Planning
- Food Assistance (Emergency)
- Free or Low-Cost Health Clinics
- Health Insurance
- Health Programs
- Help Services
- Home Modification/ Repairs
- Homeless/ Emergency Housing
- Housing/ Independent Living
- Infant & Children: Birth to 5
- Legal Advocacy/ Assistance
- Mental Health
- Military Families
- Parent Training & Information Centers
- Post-Secondary Education
- Public Benefits
- Social Security Administration
- Special Education
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.
Theme Parks, Amusement Parks, Zoos and Aquariums in California
|Disneyland Resort||All accommodations will be discussed and provided in person upon arrival. Stop by a Guest Relations Main Entrance location to discuss your specific needs. Guest Relations Cast Members will work with you individually to provide assistance. Call Disability Services at (407) 560-2547.||Disneyland Park Guide for Guests with Disability
Disney California Adventure Park Guide for Guests with Disabilities
|Knott's Berry Farm||Knott’s Berry Farm Guest Service Associates will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have. For more detailed information about services for guests with disabilities, please visit the Information Center, located at the Grand Entrance. Call (714) 220-5200.||Guest Assistance Guide|
|LEGOLAND California||Committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive, and accessible experience for all Guests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org||Disabled Access Guide|
|Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific||Call Guest Support at (562) 590-3100, ext. 0|
|Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens||Call (323) 644-4200.||They encourage guests requesting special accommodations to submit a completed ADA Accommodation Request Form. Submit the form by email at email@example.com , by Fax (323) 644-6087 or by mail.
|San Diego Zoo||Upon arrival, feel free to stop in and visit the Guest Services office or call (619) 231-1515 ext. 4526.||Guide for Guests with Disabilities|
|San Diego Safari Park||Upon arrival, feel free to stop in and visit the Park’s Guest Services office. The staff will advise you of accommodation tools the Park has in place that might be beneficial. Call (760) 796-5621.||Guide for Guests with Disabilities|
|SeaWorld San Diego||Call Guest Services at (619) 222-4732 or email SWC.GuestRelations@SeaWorld.com||Accessibility Guide|
|Six Flags Magic Mountain||Six Flags’ Attraction Access Program is designed to accommodate guests with disabilities or certain other qualifying impairments so they may participate in the enjoyment of our Parks. Call (611) 255-4100 and press option 6.||Safety & Accessibility Guide|
|Universal Studios Hollywood||Call (800) 864-8377.|
Transportation Security Administration
|TSA Cares||A helpline that provides travelers with disabilities, medical conditions and other special circumstances additional assistance during the security screening process. Call (855) 787-2227 (72 hours prior to traveling) with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.|
|Passenger Support Specialists||
Travelers requiring special accommodations or concerned about the security screening process at the airport may ask a TSA officer or supervisor for a passenger support specialist who can provide on-the-spot assistance.
|TSA Notification Card||
A card that helps describe you or your family member’s condition, disability or medical device that may affect your screening.
TSA Pre✓® saves you time and stress. Once approved, you will benefit from: expedited security screening (5 minutes or less); no need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or jackets; and more.
AGING & OLDER ADULTS (55 years +)
Adult Protective Services (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. Depending on the program, most workshops run for around 2-2 ½ hours once a week for 6-8 weeks. 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.
Coalition for Compassionate Care of California promotes high-quality, compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life. Click here to view the “People with Developmental Disabilities” webpage which offers resources developed to address the needs of the intellectual and developmentally disabled community when preparing for the end of life.
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 and 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.
Justice in Aging ensures that low-income seniors have access to the health care they need, access to economic benefits to meet their basic needs (to pay rent, buy food and medicine, keep the lights on, pay medical co-pays, and afford transportation to visit our doctors) and access to legal assistance to help them keep their basic rights.
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 a 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.
ONEGeneration is committed to providing programs and services to older adults and their caregivers that help keep them safe and protected.
RetireGuide provides a free web resource dedicated to providing useful information to help older adults fulfill their retirement goals.
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 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!
Ability Tools 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.
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 pro bono (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.
California Immigration Guide – In an effort to integrate immigrants, California has developed innovative services that help immigrants become part of the social, economic and civic fabric of our state. This guide features services that help immigrants thrive and succeed in their paths towards integration. Immigrants seeking help with English language learning, workforce skill development, naturalization preparation or legal assistance, can find information on available services throughout the state. The guide will serve as a bridge that can help immigrants fully participate in life in California.
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.
Citizenship Resource Center – Provides accurate and useful resources in Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese for immigrants, educators and organizations. This free, easy-to-use website will help users better understand the naturalization process and gain the necessary skills to be successful during the naturalization interview and test.
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.
Immi helps immigrants in the U.S. understand their legal options and access critical resources from any location. Through immi, users can learn about various forms of relief, access a directory of over 1,000 non-profit legal organizations, stay up to date with changes to immigration law, and make a plan in case of an encounter with ICE.
Immigo – community members can now learn about immigration law and civil rights, access study materials to prepare and apply for citizenship, and connect to local nonprofit legal service providers. Click here to download: IOS App or Android App
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.
Immigration Legal Resource Center is a national nonprofit resource center that provides immigration legal trainings, technical assistance, and educational materials, and engages in advocacy and immigrant civic engagement to advance immigrant rights.
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles immigration work focuses on adults and minors who have been the survivors of crime, either in the U.S. or in their home countries. They also help with issues around asylum and refugee status; minors fleeing violence in their home country and coming to the United States without their parents (unaccompanied minors); adjustment of status (green card applications); naturalization (citizenship); family reunification; and deportation defense. LAFLA has several Spanish-speaking attorneys and attorneys fluent in Korean, Khmer, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Farsi. They are able to provide services in those and other languages.
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.
Los Angeles 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.
Mixteco Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP) assist indigenous migrants from the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Michoacán, including Mixtecs, Zapotecs, and Purépechas. They offer free to very low-cost immigration legal advice and representation for citizenship, legal permanent residency, DACA, U Visa, VAWA, asylum, family petitions, and adjustments of status. These clinics are held multilingually in Mixteco, Spanish & English. They also help with advocacy, outreach & access, health & healing.
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 the 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 works 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.
Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Campaign – Distribute educational resources and keep allies informed of all the current and potential policies that impact immigrant families.
¡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.
Public Charge Provider List – Every family is different, reach out for legal advice. To understand if this rule is relevant to you or your family please seek qualified legal advice. It is important to have accurate information so you can make the best decision for the health and well being of your family.
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. MigraWatch Hotline: (844) 363-1423
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.
Official California Legislature Information has Information on legislation, House members, committees and links to other government resources.
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.
Aquarium of the Pacific hosts several events throughout the year highlighting people with disabilities and senior citizens such as Abilities Night, Autism Family Morning, Autism Families Night, Festival of Human Abilities, and Seniors Day.
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.
AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Program is a program for developmentally disabled children and adults that provides a safe, fun environment to play soccer. Find a location near you for more details and to register.
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.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County makes meaningful, mentorship matches between volunteer “Bigs” and children “Littles”, ages 6-18. They then provide the necessary training, resources and support necessary for those matches to succeed. BBBS conduct their programs in the following ways: Community-Based and Site-Based. For information about these programs and how to enroll, contact them.
Builder Bees is for girls in Pre-K through 12th grade. They welcome all girls who are looking for friends because they struggle in a mainstream social setting, such as girls with autism spectrum disorder, anxiety or sensorimotor challenges; trans and gender nonconforming girls; as well as girls from all religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Builder Bees offers programs and classes, such as dance and yoga, as well as fun holiday activities.
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.
Easterseals Camp is a week-long fully accessible camp in Big Bear serving children and adults. Activities include dances, swimming, canoeing, archery, hiking, ropes course and more. Partial camperships (financial scholarships) are available.
Friends of Angels – Autism Family Camp provides activities for differently abled children and their typically developing siblings and supportive seminars for parents. This camp takes place from Friday to Sunday. $70 per person, $140 for one parent and one child, or $180 max per immediate family (father, mother and siblings).
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.
Little League & Senior League Challenger Division: The Little League Challenger Division is an adaptive baseball program for individuals with physical and intellectual challenges. It accommodates players 4 to 18; or up to age 22 if still enrolled in school. The Senior League Challenger Division accommodates players age 15 and above (no maximum age).
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.
Sensory Sensitive Sundays – Chuck E. Cheese’s supports families who have children with autism and other special needs by offering a sensory-friendly experience the 1st Sunday of every month at participating locations, opening their stores 2 hours before their normal opening time. Find a location near you.
Toy Loan Program is a FREE service which allows children to borrow toys from a Toy Loan Center in the same manner in which they borrow books from the public library. The Children borrow toys once a week. You simply fill out a registration card with your name and address. Find a Toy Loan Center near you!
Deaf+ and Telephone Communication
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.
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.
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) provide telephone communications access for all deaf and disabled Californians.
Dental/ Dental Insurance
If you have dental insurance, ask for a list of dentists from your insurance company. You can also ask friends, family, and coworkers about their dental office.
Covered California: All Californians can sign up for dental insurance during the annual open-enrollment period, which begins in the fall. Many others may be eligible to sign up at any time during the year due to a life-changing event such as getting married, having a child or moving.
eHealthinsurance, Inc. is a helpful website that explains how dental insurance works, tools to find a dental plan for you, purchase and enrollment services, and resources.
Medi-Cal Dental Program: The Medi-Cal Program currently offers dental services as one of the program’s many benefits. Medi-Cal Dental, also known as Denti-Cal, is the program that provides free or low-cost services to eligible children and adults. This website provides information about the Medi-Cal Dental Program, covered services, assistance in finding a Medi-Cal dental provider near you, helpful videos and handouts, and more.
Medicare only covers dental services related to certain medical conditions or treatments. It does not cover dentures or most routine care like checkups, cleanings or fillings. Visit the Medicare website or call (800) 633-4227 (have your Medicare number handy when you call).
New Mouth provides information about current dental care practices, oral health basics, and how to find the best treatment possible. They also provide information on pediatric dentistry for children who have a disability.
Persons Without Dental Insurance: Community Health Centers and other community clinics can provide care for you, even if you do not have health insurance. You pay for services based on your income. Dental schools and dental hygiene schools often have clinics that allow dental students to gain experience treating patients while providing care at a reduced cost.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association
- ADD Resource Center
Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Autism Research Program at Kaiser Permanente
- Autism Society of Los Angeles
- Latinos Unidos Navegando el Autismo y Servicios (LUNAS) www.autismla.org
- Autism Science Foundation
- Autism Speaks
- Latinos Unidos Navegando el Autismo y Servicios (LUNAS) www.autismla.org
- Autism Society of America
- UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment
- Latinos Unidos Navegando el Autismo y Servicios (LUNAS) www.autismla.org
Blind or Visually Impaired
- American Council of the Blind
- California Council of the Blind
- National Federation of the Blind of California
- American Foundation for the Blind
- Deaf Latinos y Familias Organization
- National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
- Braille Institute
- California Manos del Corazón
- National Federation of the Blind of California
- American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
- Cerebral Palsy Group
- My Child at CerebralPalsy.org
- Center for Cerebral Palsy at UCLA
- Cerebral Palsy Guidance
- United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA)
- Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation
- CP NOW Foundation
- My Child at CerebralPalsy.org
- Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Hearing Loss Association of America, Los Angeles Chapter
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
- No Limits for Deaf Children and Families
- Help America Hear
- American Society for Deaf Children
- California Hands & Voices
- National Association of the Deaf
- Signing Exact English (S.E.E.) Center
- Hearing Healthcare Providers California
- Help America Hear
- Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA)
- Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD)
- National Cued Speech Association
- Let California Kids Hear
- John Tracy Center
- Help America Hear
- Club 21 Learning and Resource Center
- National Down Syndrome Congress
- Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles
- National Down Syndrome Society
- National Association for Dually Diagnosed (NADD)
- Reach Across L.A.
- Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)
- National Association of Epilepsy Centers
- The Epilepsy Foundation
- United Brain Association
Fragile X Syndrome
- FRAXA Research Foundation
- National Fragile X Syndrome
- Fragile X Association of Southern California
- National Fragile X Syndrome
- American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- UC Davis MIND Institute
- The Arc California
- UC Davis MIND Institute
- LD Online
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- Learning Disabilities Association of America
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
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!
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.
Los Angeles Public Library – Student Zones are after school homework centers in the library that provide: access to a quiet, safe place to study, reference books, online and print resources, free printing, free basic school supplies, reserved laptops and guidance to help students up to age 18 years old succeed in school. FREE online tutoring is also available online for students and parents in math, science, English social studies and writing. For more information, visit the website or contact your local library.
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.
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).
Careers & Degrees in Healthcare: Guide for Students with Disabilities is a comprehensive guidebook that gives students career recommendations that accommodate their disabilities, helps explain their rights under the ADA, and much more.
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.
Department of Rehabilitation (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.
Getting Hired– Employment opportunities for Individuals with disabilities – Bridging the Gap between Job Seekers with Disabilities & Employers Looking to Hire
Job Accommodation Network (JAN): Provides free resources and information for job seekers with disabilities who have questions about self-identifying, asking for reasonable accommodations and much more.
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.
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 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.
Zippia – Having a physical disability can make finding a job difficult. From learning about laws that protect you and how to interview, to finding accommodating companies, here is a guide to make things a little easier.
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.
Computers for Classrooms (CFC) provides guaranteed working computers for Senior Citizens, low-income families and those who cannot afford to buy new ones. Eligibility is based on current participation in public assistance programs (e.g. Section 8 Housing, SNAP, Medi-Cal, National School Lunch Program, SSI) or seniors aged 65 and older. Desktops computers range from $70 to $200 in price and Laptop computers range between $150 to $250 in price. Comes with Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), anti-virus, 1-year warranty, and more.
Cox Connect2Compete offers in home internet for low-income families with school aged children (K-12) who participate in a government assistance program for a cost of $9.95. Families can stay enrolled in the program for as long as they qualify. Eligible families can start the application process by visiting their website.
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 Southern California Edison (SCE) 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.
Hearing Aid Coverage for Children Program (HACCP) offers hearing aid coverage to eligible children.
Home Energy Assistance Program (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 over 65 years of age, blind or disabled and who live in their own homes. Disabled children may be eligible for IHSS. The types of services which can be authorized through IHSS are housecleaning, meal preparation, laundry, grocery shopping, personal care services (such as bowel and bladder care, bathing, grooming and paramedical services), accompaniment to medical appointments, and protective supervision for the mentally impaired.
Internet Essentials from Comcast is a program that provides affordable high-speed internet at home for just $9.95 (plus tax). You may qualify if you are eligible for public assistance programs (housing, SNAP, Medi-Cal, SSI). Once eligible, you also have the option to purchase a laptop or desktop computer at a discounted price ($149.99 + tax).
Internet For All Now provides information on low-cost, affordable internet offers in California for $10-20 per month. Call 24/7 at (844) 841-4636.
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.
PCs for People: To receive technology and services from PCs for People, a potential recipient must be below the 200% poverty level or be currently enrolled in an income-based government assistance program (e.g. SSI, SSDI, Section 8, Head Start, CalFresh). If eligible, you can purchase computers online for a donation ranging from $0 to $150.
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)
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. Contact your nearest pantry for more information.
Sam Simon Foundation – Feeding Families distributes nutritious vegan groceries, at no cost, to individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet.
SÜPRMARKT is a low cost organic grocery servicing low income communities in LA. It operates weekly, providing 100% organic produce to make great health and healing available to the communities which need it most. Shop in person or get it delivered. Check the website for upcoming locations.
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 Plan Dashboard: Use the health plan dashboard to view or compare health plan information. The health plan dashboard features health plan contact information, enrollment data, consumer complaints data, and more.
Health Insurance (Applying)
Child Health Program, Kaiser Permanente helps pay for health coverage for children up to age 19 who don’t have access to other health coverage. Children are eligible if: they are uninsured and live in a Kaiser Permanente service area; are under age 19; meet income guidelines, and don’t have access to other public or private health coverage. If eligible, you will be provided financial help in two ways: (1) help paying all of your monthly premiums and (2) you pay no out-of-pocket costs for most covered services at KP facilities. For help enrolling your child, call member services at (800) 464-4000 or visit an Enrollment Assistance Organization.
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.
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.
Medi-Cal 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.
TRICARE is the worldwide health care program available to eligible beneficiaries
of the seven uniformed services and certain National Guard and reserve members
(“beneficiary” refers to individuals who are entitled to benefits based on law). TRICARE provides benefits for families with special needs. For information regarding eligibility, enrollment, benefit and cost information, and more visit the website or contact your regional contractor.
American Glaucoma Society Cares is dedicated to providing surgical glaucoma care at no cost to uninsured patients who qualify for such care. The program connects such patients with volunteer surgeons who can provide the surgical and postoperative clinical care necessary to prevent disease progression and blindness. To find out if you qualify or for more program information, call (415) 561-8587.
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.
Heal One World connects people in need of non-invasive treatments and preventative practices, that are generally not covered by insurance, access to this help on a sliding scale or donation basis. They also hold classes like yoga, meditation, reiki, Zumba to name a few on a free or sliding scale basis that provide self help and self healing techniques.
HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a free, online service where users can search for locations that offer immunizations.
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!
InfantSEE optometrists provide a no-cost comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants between 6 and 12 months of age regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. To learn more or locate a doctor in your area who can provide free infant assessments, call or visit their website.
Lions Club International provides financial assistance to individuals for eye care through local clubs. On their website, go to “Find a Club” to locate your local club.
LA County Department of Public Health / LA County Library provide free flu vaccines to people 6 months of age and older, no health insurance required. We will have 21 flu shot clinics.
Mission Cataract USA offers free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no means to pay. To qualify for this free community service, applicants must have: poor vision due to cataracts (uncorrectable with glasses) which interferes with activities of daily living; no Medicare, Medicaid, or third party insurance coverage; and no other means to pay for cataract surgery. For information about participating doctors, please visit the website.
NeedyMeds provides information obtained directly from the drug manufacturers regarding special programs to assist people who can’t afford to buy the drugs they need.
Public Health Centers services include immunizations, and screening and treatment of tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. They also offer Influenza Community Outreach Clinics.
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.
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.
Women, Infants, and Children (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.
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.
Assistance League of Los Angeles provides school clothes and supplies as well as resources for newborns and foster children and their families. Programs include: Operation School Bell that provides new school clothes to LAUSD students who are low income; Foster Children’s Resource Center that provides school uniforms, jeans and tops, sweat suits, jackets and backpacks filled with school supplies and personal care kits; Hollywood Children’s Club provides new clothing and childcare necessities for new parents living in poverty; and more.
BABY2BABY provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.
Disaster Distress Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7 helpline and text service that provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress (stress, anxiety, depression-like symptoms) related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call (800) 958-5990 or TTY at (800) 846-8517.
FamilySource Centers (FSC) are one-stop community centers that offer a host of social, educational, work and family support services, including multi-benefit screening, pre-employment and employment supports,youth education and cultural after-school activities including tutoring and college access activities. Other services include computer literacy, financial counseling and tax preparation, parenting, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and food distribution.
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.
Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD), Inc. ensures equal access of the deaf and hard of hearing community to the same opportunities afforded their hearing counterparts. Services include: information and referrals; communication assistance; IEPs; independent living skills; health education; assists with job information, training,placement and follow-up; affordable housing for low-income senior citizens; and more!
LA County Helps! is a free and easy way to find out if your family can get help from many different health and human services programs based on your circumstances. Assists residents who want to privately and confidentially check their eligibility for many health and human services and programs. Includes food and nutrition, children and family resources, medical, consumer protection, housing, seniors and people with disabilities, mental health and income support for adults, and other social services.
Los Angeles Warmline is a confidential overnight telephone support service in English & Spanish for anyone in Southern California who is struggling with loneliness, anxiety, substance use, mental health concerns, or needs information about available mental health services. Call (855) 952-9276.
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 English or Spanish.
Moving Families Forward provides free furniture and household items to Los Angeles families in need who are moving from homelessness and temporary living situations into permanent housing. They work in partnership with Los Angeles County shelters to identify families who are ready to move into permanent housing but have little or no personal belongings and are in need of assistance.
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics: 1,400 Free & Charitable Clinics across the U.S. provide health care to the medically under-served in their community. Find a clinic near you!
Poison Control help people of all ages, in all types of situations: when children get into household products; when seniors and people of all ages take too much or the wrong medicine; give advice about preventing and treating chemical exposures on the job. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (800) 222-1222, visit poison.org or download the “webPOISONCONTROL” app on your smartphone.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul can provide food, clothing, furniture, appliances, transportation, rental assistance, and other financial assistance through local volunteer groups located at Catholic church parishes. Find a parish near you for help.
Home Modifications/ Repairs
Don’t Move⎯Improve! For existing homeowners, the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Los Angeles County provides home improvement loans through their Don’t Move-Improve! program as well as refinancing assistance. Their Project Specialists will provide project management services as a part of the home rehabilitation process.
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.
Lead Hazard Remediation Program (LHRP) provides grants to City of Los Angeles property owners to make their properties lead-safe and to eliminate health and safety hazards. The LHRP grants are primarily targeted to low-income families with children under the age of six. The program also provides education regarding the dangers of lead-based paint and health and safety hazards. For more information, eligibility requirements, or to apply, contact LHRP.
Rebuilding Together Long Beach provides free critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades to older, differently-abled and veteran neighbors in need. To be considered, the home must be in the greater Long Beach area. Any application within Orange County or other areas of LA County may be considered depending on resources. Other eligibility requirements apply. Click here to submit an application.
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.
A Community of Friends offer supportive and service-enriched affordable housing for homeless individuals and families living with mental illness in Los Angeles County.
Daniel’s Place – Are you a young person age 16-28 experiencing homlessness? Go to Daniel’s Place. This drop-in center provides a safe, comfortable social environment to assist youth in their path to wellness and recovery. The program provides supportive, clinical, recreational and skill building groups and individual therapy, psychiatric, nursing and case management services, personal coaching for learning, linkage to education and employment, a hot meal, assistance with transportation, a clothing closet, linkage to housing and a safe place to be 7 days a week.
Enhanced Emergency Shelter Program provides temporary shelter for TAY clients (ages 18-25), meals, toiletries, case management, linkage, mental health services, transportation, assistance with transitional or permanent housing. Length of stay is up to 36 nights.
The Good Seed TAY Center is a drop-in center that provides supportive, nurturing and specialized care for homeless young people in California. Through temporary housing, comprehensive services and individual planning and placement, Good Seed creates an environment where youth, ages 16-25, can thrive and grow to achieve their full potential. They have 2 locations: L.A. & Long Beach.
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.
A Million Drops is a creative hub dedicated to providing direct, individual support to homeless, at-risk young adults in Los Angeles who want to make a difference in their lives and need a helping hand to do so. The center distributes blankets, socks, & toiletries and assist with job search, resume writing, and interview preparation.
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.
Ruth’s Place is a drop-in center that provides showers, a lounge, a game room, laundry, and access to support services for youth and young adults who are homeless and/or at risk of homelessness. Call (323) 432-2440.
The Source offers a one-stop-shop of resources and services to help homeless Angelenos transition to independent and supported living. Services are also available for eligible low-income residents. All services are free of charge. Services offered may vary by location and include: same day transportation to emergency shelter; free California ID vouchers for the DMV; free cell phones; housing assessment through the Coordinated Entry System; enrollment into Medi-Cal and CalFresh; employment assistance; mental health services; HIV education and resources; child support services; and referrals to expert providers. Visit the website to find a Source location near you.
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
Apartment Guide is a rental resource that connects apartment consumers to their ideal place to live.
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.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Resource Locator helps people find: affordable housing opportunities near them; a HUD office nearby; homeless resources; affordable elderly and special needs housing; and much more!
Independent Living Center of Southern California: Assists People with Disabilities of all ages, Older Adults, and Veterans to gain the skills they need to reach new levels of independence in life through the ILCSC program of services.
Internal Revenue Service (IRS): Lists the different methods to inform the IRS of your address change to ensure you receive any IRS refunds or correspondence
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!
moveBuddha – Provides advice and tips on helping people with disabilities relocate: pre-move tips, ideas to minimize stress during the move, and suggestions for post-move strategies.
Movers Guide, US Postal Service:Update your address in minutes! Safe, simple, secure.
Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County helps families become lifelong homeowners. Through its programs and services, NHS helps to build stable neighborhoods and knowledgeable, empowered homeowners. A few programs and services include:
- Affordable Mortgage Lending: Families interested in purchasing their home can work with an NHS Lending Counselor to find the right affordable loan. Families who complete the FasTrak Homebuyer Education Class can receive guidance in applying for down payment assistance.
- Financial Education and Counseling Program: Provides information on the entire process of homeownership including–Assessing Readiness to Buy; Managing Your Money; Understanding Credit; Obtaining a Mortgage Loan; Shopping for a Home; Protecting Your Investment. All sessions are offered in English and Spanish.
- Lift Program: Provides eligible homebuyers with $25,000 in down payment assistance on qualified properties ($27,500 for veterans and service members, teachers, paraprofessionals, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians).
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.
Roommates.com is a website that assists you in finding roommates nationwide based on mutual criteria.
SHARE! Collaborative Housing is a public-private partnership providing affordable, permanent supportive housing to disabled people in single-family houses throughout Los Angeles County. People with similar issues live like college roommates, each paying approximately $600 or less monthly in a fully-furnished house. The Collaborative Housing Homeowner furnishes the house, pays all utilities, does not collect a Security Deposit and does not require a resident to pay for a credit or background check. Residents pay rent from their disability checks or other income directly to the Homeowner.
Social Security Administration – Are you moving, currently receiving benefits or enrolled in Medicare and want to know how to change your address? You can change and update your information anytime, anywhere by logging in to or creating a free my Social Security account.
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.
Infants & Children: Birth to 5
The ABCs of Child Development – Children grow and develop at different rates. While their pathways through childhood differ, most pass a set of predictable milestones along the way. The information presented here offers a map that can help you follow your child’s journey.
All About the Children – Find out what skills help children learn, how they learn the language, how they learn about feelings and relationships, how they learn about numbers, and how they become skillful at moving their bodies.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning – Provides user-friendly resources for parents of children (ages birth to age 5) to promote social and emotional development as well as prevent challenging behaviors.
HealthyChildren.org – A website filled with information for parents of children from birth to 21 years of age.
Learn the Signs. Act Early. 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. Available on iOS and Android devices in English and Spanish.
Pathways.org – Free resources to help understand, track, and encourage your baby’s milestones for the best possible outcomes.
Read Aloud 15 MINUTES – Give your baby the best start by reading aloud every day, for at least 15 minutes, right from birth.
Sesame Street – Tons of resources that help kids (and parents!) with what matters most in young lives: health and wellness, social-emotional skills, and school readiness. All are critical to children’s healthy development…and together they build the foundation for a happy, healthy life.
Signing Time! / Two Little Hands – Spend time with your child learning Baby Sign Language and American Sign Language through educational videos and a library of online resources.
Speech and Language Development Milestones – Children vary in their development of speech and language skills. However, they follow a natural progression or timetable for mastering the skills of language. A checklist of milestones for the normal development of speech and language skills in children from birth to 5 years of age is available on this webpage.
Take A Minute – Relationships Matter! This guide is designed to give parents of infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities information on social and emotional development, as well as tips on how they can build a strong relationship with their child to improve their child’s social and emotional development.
Vroom – Add learning to mealtime, bath time, bedtime, or anytime with 1,000+ fun, free activities.
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. – The “Learn About Occupational Therapy for Children & Youth” web page provides parents and caregivers with tip sheets in English and Spanish on topics such as: establishing toileting routines for children; establishing morning routines for children; OT tips for health and success in schools; enjoying Halloween with sensory challenges; and more!
Automobile Club of Southern California offers FREE “Child Passenger Safety Seat Workshops” for adult parents. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians host these workshops and focus on California’s occupant-protection laws which state that children must be in a safety seat until they are 8 years old or who are 4’9″ or taller. The workshop includes information about how to select the right seat for your child, how to correctly secure your child in a seat, and car seat installation tips. For further information, please call 1-714-885-2300. AAA also offers a car seat guide.
California Department of Public Health, Child Passenger Safety Program – This website offers resources designed to help you learn how to select and correctly install the best seat for your child and vehicle, and how to correctly secure your child into the safety seat.
Center for Parent Information & Resources provides family-friendly information, materials, videos, and webinars on topics such as special education laws, early intervention, Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs), child care, transitions, and more.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning provides user-friendly resources for parents of children (ages birth to age 5) to promote social and emotional development as well as prevent challenging behaviors.
Children’s Institute – Provide free services to help parents and caregivers lighten the load, improve relationships, and do whatever it takes to keep families together.
Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled – Provide monolingual and bilingual Chinese American individuals with special needs and their families/caretakers support through community education, resources, and social networking.
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.
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.
First 5 Los Angeles – An early childhood organization that promotes the health and wellbeing of children under 5 years of age. Parenting resources and early developmental information are also provided.
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.
MAMA’s Neighborhood – A free, prenatal, and postnatal support service offered by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services that can help you prepare for the birth of your child and navigate your and your child’s postnatal health care for up to ten weeks post-birth.
Nurse-Family Partnership – First-time moms in LA County who are pregnant 24 weeks or less and meet income requirements are eligible for free help. A personal nurse will come to your home to provide prenatal care, parenting education, and referrals, and counseling when you need it most through your pregnancy and until your baby is 2 years old.
Raising Baby – A free home visiting program that provides customized, individual sessions with a Parent Coach and Early Childhood Clinician. In addition, you can join other families in a group setting to support each other and build community relationships.
Safe to Sleep – Focuses on actions you and others can take to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
Special Needs Network of Los Angeles (SNNLA) – Hosts conferences, training opportunities, and a free summer camp for special needs children and their siblings.
Zero to Three – Provides helpful resources for parents, grandparents, and co-parents of infants and toddlers on topics such as child development, challenging behaviors, childcare, discipline, school readiness, sleep, health & nutrition, screen time, fatherhood, positive parenting, and more.
Parks and Recreation Programs
The City of Los Angeles, Department of Parks & Recreation – Through the LA Kids program they offer FREE programs and activities to youth ages 5-17 years.
Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation – Offers a wide variety of programs and activities for you and your family such as Mommy & Me Classes, Parent Classes, Tiny Tots programs, and more. Find a class in your local city.
Assistance League of Los Angeles, Preschool Learning Center provides pre-k services free of charge to children from low-income families ages three to five years old.
Blind Children’s Center – Offers an infant services program, preschool, and kindergarten through 2nd grade, all featuring a small class size. Services are available in both English and Spanish and are fully inclusive with sighted children integrated into each class.
Exceptional Children’s Foundation – Center-based services operate similarly to a traditional pre-school with socialization activities, outdoor play, healthy snacks, and lunches, community activities, and typically developing peer role models, along with occupational, physical, and speech therapy.
Head Start – ECLKC – Find a Head Start program near you!
John Tracy Center – Offers an Auditory Verbal Preschool for deaf and hard-of-hearing children, ages 3 through 5 years old. The preschool is offered Monday through Friday, September through May. For preschool-age children (ages 3 to 5) who do not have a hearing loss, they also offer an inclusion-based preschool.
Los Angeles County Department of Education, Head Start – Helps young children from low-income families prepare to succeed in school through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote children’s development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being. Early Head Start is for children birth to age three and pregnant mothers. Head Start is for children ages three to five years. Find a program in your community!
Preschool Without Walls – A FREE program that brings the classroom to children (ages 0-5) and their parents or caregivers in parks, libraries, and recreation centers. The program strengthens the 4 domains of child development: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive through early literacy, mathematics, colors, songs, and more. Presented in English and Spanish.
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) – The SIJCC’s Early Childhood Program is open to all members of the community regardless of cultural or religious affiliations.
Los Angeles County Library – Enjoy the Library wherever you are with these great library resources created by librarians to help parents and young children learn, create, and discover! Check out Activity Ideas (from arts & crafts to scavenger hunts) and Books & Learning lists (which pair great books with other online resources).
Los Angeles Public Library – Kids Path – Provides a webpage with a list of preschool events (storytime, arts & crafts, etc.) held at local libraries, booklists for children ages birth to 5, access to interactive online learning programs, and more. Available in Spanish.
Public or Private Childcare
California Child Care Resource & Referral Network – Enter your ZIP code to find your local childcare resource and referral (R&R) agency. A childcare specialist there will work with you to find care that best meets your needs and create your personalized childcare plan.
City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks – The Department’s Licensed Child Care program operates 2 State-licensed childcare facilities which provide full daycare for pre-school children 2.5 to entry into kindergarten. For more information, please call the nearest center.
MyChildCare.ca.gov – Provides an interactive map of qualified licensed childcare providers. It’s available in English and Spanish. You can search and filter by location, type of care, number of children, and capacity.
Legal Advocacy/ Assistance
The Alliance for Children’s Rights – Provide free legal services and advocacy for caregivers, adoptive parents, and children and teens in Los Angeles County.
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 for 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 a 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.
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 (DRC) – If you are an individual, family member, or advocate for someone with a disability and have questions about legal rights related to your disability, call 1-800-776-5746. They may give you general information, referrals, or self-advocacy materials.
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.
Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), Special Education Division – Maintains a list of Special Education attorneys and a separate list of Special Education advocates to help parents of children with exceptional needs locate free or reduced-cost representation in preparation for special education due process hearings.
Office of Clients’ Rights Advocacy (OCRA) is part of Disability Rights California and funded by the Department of Developmental Services. OCRA has a Clients’ Rights 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!
Office of Payee Review & Beneficiary Assistance (OPRABA) is a program of Disability Rights California. If you: suspect that a representative payee is misusing or improperly using a beneficiary’s funds; have a representative payee and would like to learn how to be your own payee, or if you are a representative payee and you have questions about your duties; call OPRABA at (800) 776-5746. They offer reviews of representative payees; educational visits; corrective action plans; training; information and referral to beneficiaries; and 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 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.
State Bar of California provides pamphlets to help you find and hire an attorney or access legal aid, how to work with and avoid problems with attorneys, and what to do if you encounter problems.
State Council on Developmental Disabilities (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.
Stopbullying.gov : Children with physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities are more likely to be bullied than their peers. Learn what bullying and disability harassment are, their effects, what parents can do, the laws that protect your child, the resources available, and how to access additional support.
LGBTQ+ is an abbreviation of initial letters pronounced differently. It stands for: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, 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.
APAIT provide free, high quality and culturally sensitive services such as: HIV Care Programs; Behavioral Health Services; Substance Abuse Programs; HIV Testing; HIV Education and Counseling Programs; Social Support Groups; and more.
APLA Health’s mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. APLA provides health care services (PrEP & PEP; HIV & STD testing; HIV Medical Care, etc.), prevention and health promotion, HIV support services, and more. For locations and hours, contact APLA Health.
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.
Asian/ Pacific Gays and Friends is an non-profit, social and educational group established for gay Asians and friends who share an interest in Asian cultures and experiences. A/PGF’s primary purpose is to provide a supportive environment where the interaction between members is enjoyable, safe and enriching.
Bienestar focus on identifying and addressing emerging health issues faced by the Latino and LGBTQ populations. Bienestar’s education and support programs encompass areas such as: HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, STIs, mental health services, substance use and harm reduction. All of the services are offered to the community for free.
Bi.org is an online resource to better understand your own sexuality, a loved one’s or simply to learn about bisexuality.
Black AIDS Institute, A Clinic for Us specializes in Black men’s health, HIV, Hepatitis, STD, prostate cancer, diabetes, family medicine, dental, and mental health. All services and referrals are conducted by certified medical providers. All health services are based on a sliding fee.
Brave Trails was formed to respond to the needs of the large and growing population of LGBTQ youth in the greater Los Angeles area. The camp uses workshops, adventure and artistic programming, service projects, peer connections, and positive role models to create a safe space where youth can thrive.
California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network is a statewide coalition of non-profit providers, community centers, and researchers working collectively to advocate for state level policies and resources that will advance LGBT health. They strive to provide coordinated leadership about LGBT health policy in a proactive, responsive manner that promotes health and wellness as part of the movement for LGBT equality.
The Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is dedicated to providing affirming care for transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Services available: gender-affirming medical treatment and mental health services; family support services and linkage to outside resources; case management services, including assistance with legal name and gender marker changes; peer support groups; sexual health education (groups, 1:1 navigation services; HIV/STD screening and treatment); access to PEP and PrEP for HIV prevention; and more.
Colors LGBTQ Youth Counseling Services provides free LGBTQ-affirmative counseling and healing psychotherapeutic services to youth under 25 and their families in greater Los Angeles.
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.
Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. This means electing pro-equality leaders on the ballot; passing pro-equality legislation in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.; fighting for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom; and reducing disparities in LGBTQ health and well-being through education and advocacy.
Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement works at local and national levels to achieve the collective liberation of trans, queer, and gender nonconforming Latinxs through building community, organizing, advocacy, and education.
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.
The Gender Spectrum helps to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. They provide professional development training, a national call-in support group, an online community group in English and Spanish called “Lounge” and resources (parenting, education, medical, mental health, legal, social services, faith-based).
The Genderbread Person is a teaching tool for breaking the big concept of gender down into bite-sized, digestible pieces.
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.
In the Meantime Men supports, empowers and educates black, gay, same gender-loving and bi-sexual men in Los Angeles County. Provides: prevention programs; quarterly social events (Boi Revolution); condoms and safe sex kits free of charge; drop-in social discussion groups; resource linkage and referral services; HIV testings; STI screenigs; peer navigation; cultural events; and more.
InterACT is an organization that advocates for the rights of intersex youth. Offers an array of resources and informative brochures that cover topics such as: Intersex 101: A Beginner’s Guide; Medical Records; What We Wish People Knew; Know Your Rights; and more!
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.
JQ celebrate the lives of LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies by transforming Jewish communities, and ensuring inclusion through education, support, and identity-enrichment. Services include: free and confidential JQ Helpline at (855) 574-4577; Teen Jewish Queer Straight Alliance (JQSA); Persian Pride Programming; and JQ’s Young Adult Programming.
Latino Equality Alliance promote liberty, equality, and justice for the Latinx lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Programs include: Leadership Development; College Access and Success Support for LGBTQA students; Youth Council; and more!
LGBTQ Center Long Beach advances equity for LGBTQ people through culturally responsive advocacy, education, programs, and services. Services include: health (HIV testing, STI screening/testing); mental health counseling; legal and social services; education and resources; and more.
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.
Los Angeles Gender Center offer income-based, sliding scale, individual counseling services provided by volunteer, post-graduate, pre-licensed transgender, and non-binary therapists.
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.
National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is a civil rights organization dedicated to the empowerment of Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and same gender loving (LGBTQ/SGL) people, including people living with HIV/AIDS.
National Center for Transgender Equality – Learn about the trans community and how to support them, understand their rights, and access helpful resources.
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is the country’s first and only technical assistance resource center aimed at improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults.
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.
Rainbow Families educates, connects, and supports LGBTQ+ families and parents-to-be.
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.
SAGEConnect: Join SAGE as we match LGBT elders with community members and allies who want to connect during this time of crisis. Share your day. Share your stories. Let’s be stronger, together, with SAGEConnect.
SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline: Talk and be heard at the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline. We connect LGBT older people who want to talk with friendly responders who are ready to listen. If you are an LGBT elder or care for one, call the free SAGE Hotline, toll-free, at 877-360-LGBT (5428).
Satrang serves the South Asian LGBTQ community by promoting awareness, acceptance, and empowerment through social, educational, and advocacy-related events.
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of their community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Their vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.
Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Their resources include publications, pamphlets, how-to-guides and other materials related to transgender law.
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.
We Exist offers peer-run support groups for LGBTQI2-S transition age youth and their family members/ caregivers. For more information, email WeExist@tarzanatc.org or call their Long Beach Office at (562) 428-4111.
Mental Health (Resources)
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. 988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services.
ACCESS Los Angeles County 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, gatekeeping of acute inpatient psychiatric beds, interpreter services, and patient transport. Call 1-800-854-7771.
Addiction Group is an informational web guide created to help those struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD), substance use disorders (SUD), and/or co-occurring mental health disorders find treatment for their addiction.
Alcohol Rehab Help is an informational web guide created for people struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders. Not only do they offer information on Alcohol Use Disorder, but they also have comprehensive information regarding treatment options.
Behavioral Health Treatment Facility Locator helps you find a facility nearest you in your state. It is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
Crenshaw Yoga and Dance provide yoga and dance classes, wellness education, and fitness at an affordable price that will encourage the community to learn, maintain, and value a healthy lifestyle.
Each Mind Matters provides information and resources for children & families, young adults, older adults, veterans, and diverse communities. Click here for the Spanish website.
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 Police Department, Mental Evaluation Unit assist patrol officers with mental health-related calls. Partnered with the Department of Mental Health to create resource guides for the community.
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.
Manifesting M.E. Wellness provide healing via access to culturally competent, trauma-informed, queer-friendly holistic Mental and Emotional health services for marginalized individuals and communities. Services include health & wellness workshops, healing circles, art therapy, yoga therapy, reiki, health coaching, and hormone wellness counseling.
Mental Health American of California ensures that people of all ages, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, etc. who require mental health services and supports are able to live full and productive lives, receive the mental health services and other services that they need, and are not denied any other benefits, services, rights, or opportunities based on their need for mental health services.
Mental Health Gov provides easy access to find information about mental health services and resources in your area.
Mental Health Matters is a user-friendly directory for mental health professionals, consumers, and their families.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, California is a nonprofit dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with mental illness and their families and friends through support, education, advocacy, and referral services. Find your local NAMI affiliate today by visiting the website below.
OK2TALK – this campaign creates a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems and encourages them to talk about what they’re experiencing by sharing their personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope.
People’s Yoga is a East LA-based community yoga studio dedicated to strengthening neighborhoods through mind-body practices and community building. They offer accessible, affordable, bilingual (English/Spanish) and family friendly yoga classes for all levels, ages, bodies, sizes, abilities and more.
SingleCare – Beyond awareness: Taking action against the growing PTSD epidemic – This guide highlights the ways to take action against the growing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) epidemic. It defines PTSD in detail as well as PTSD risk factors, signs & symptoms, at-risk groups, and common misconceptions. Additionally, it provides some insight regarding different approaches to treatment and supporting loved ones.
The Tree South L.A. is a community space that serves through mindfulness, social justice, and education. Offers yoga, meditation, workshops, yoga teacher training & community outreach programs to the South Los Angeles community, regardless of income. Classes 7 days a week, all by donation.
Mental Health (Services)
Airport Marina Counseling Center offers individual or group counseling, family or couples therapy, child and adolescent counseling, psychiatric care, consultation and referrals. The fee is $90 per session. A sliding scale fee based on household income helps those who cannot afford the full fee. Available in Spanish.
Alcott Center for Mental Health Services provides group, individual and family therapy as well as other services.
Amanecer Community Counseling Services – Services include: child clinic, adult clinic, and a domestic abuse program. Serves: low-income, homeless, and at-risk individuals and families from 0-60+ years of age.
Antioch University Counseling Center provides supportive and empowering psychological services that are individualized to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and adults, including couples and families. Fees are based on a sliding scale. Does not accept Medicare or Medi-Cal payments. Services available in Spanish, Russian, Farsi, Hebrew.
Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers provides services to adults, older adults, adolescents, and children who are dealing with a wide range of mental health and social problems. Most of these individuals come from the following Asian Pacific communities: Cambodian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese. The Centers also provide services to non-Asian individuals and families.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice – The Iben Family Support Center is an on-site counseling program that aims to strengthen the family unit. Counseling is provided FREE of charge by Airport Marina Counseling Service. Service included on site at BGCV: free individual counseling; free psychiatric evaluation; parent classes; group counseling; and case management.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Clinic at Harbor-UCLA serves children, adolescents, and their families to provide comprehensive mental health services.
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provides FREE mental health, substance use disorder and suicide prevention services to children, adolescents and adults. Contact an office location below for a list of specific services they provide.
Downtown Mental Health Center provides mental health services, employment services and welfare-to-work support services in the Downtown area of Los Angeles. Call (800) 854-7771.
Edelman Westside Mental Health Center provides mental health services to adults 18 years old and up. They can help those experiencing homelessness, who may be low-income, or who may not have the ability to pay. Call (310) 966-6500.
El Nido Family Centers offers innovative programs and services for children, youth and families.Their comprehensive services include prenatal case management and parenting programs for teen parents, parent education and family development, child abuse prevention and treatment, family counseling, and youth development and gang prevention & intervention programs.
Exceptional Children’s Foundation provide comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and families who are struggling with a variety of issues, including trauma, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and ADHD.
Family Services of Santa Monica provides individual, couples, family, and group counseling to address a broad range of issues, including behavior problems, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, loss and bereavement, substance abuse, sexuality, career changes, life transitions, illness, disability, separation, divorce and parenting. Accepts Medi-Cal. Spanish speaking staff available. For more information call (310) 451-6106.
Gateways Wellness Center assists mentally ill clients who are in their final stages of the recovery process with building links in their community to support physical and mental health, foster independence, and enhance continued recovery. The schedule is as flexible as the client wants it to be. Clients can choose any or all of the activities provided such as counseling, vocational referrals, peer advocacy assistance, and support groups.
The Help Group, Child and Family Center is a family-focused, child-centered mental health provider offering offering comprehensive services to children and families. Languages: English, Spanish, Farsi, Armenian, Hebrew, Arabic and Russian.
Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles provide counseling and support for adults, children, and families dealing with a wide range of issues. Counseling is available in English, Russian, Hebrew, Farsi, and Spanish. Services are provided on a sliding scale and some insurance is accepted.
Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic, Walk-In Access Center – No-fee and no appointment necessary. The Walk-In services for children/adolescents ages 0-17, young adults 18-25, and adults (with children in our services) serves as the main entry point for Clinic services; offering mental health screenings, crisis intervention, and community resource linkages. Services are available in English and Spanish.
Open Paths Counseling Center offers therapeutic counseling in English and Spanish to members of the community who are unable to afford standard fees for mental health services. Services include individual/marital/child/family therapy, group therapy and parenting education.
Pacific Asian Counseling Services (PACS) provides culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate mental health services to Medi-Cal eligible children, adults and families who meet medical necessity. Bilingual staff available in Asian, Pacific Islander and Spanish languages.
Pacific Clinics serves children, transitional age youth (TAY), families, adults, and older adults. They offer mental health, substance use treatment, and supportive services to Medi-Cal eligible individuals and families.
Providence, Saint John’s Child & Family Development Center – Children with developmental disabilities, emotional challenges, encounters with domestic violence, substance or physical abuse receive assistance through one of the many programs and services offered: crisis intervention; brief family therapy; mental health/ psychosocial program for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and more. The costs for services may be met through MediCal, Healthy Families and private payment. A sliding scale payment plan is available to qualified families.
Southern California Counseling Center provides counseling services for individuals, couples, families and children. Fees for a counseling session slide on a scale between $16 and $91.
Tessie Cleveland Community Services Corp. provides services for all age groups. Services offered include: therapeutic behavioral services; wrap around; senior wellness; day treatment intensive; and more. For more information call (323) 586 -7333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Vista Del Mar offers a range of services designed to help children, adolescents, and their families manage all levels of behavior challenges.
Wise & Healthy Aging provides a variety of mental health services for seniors, including individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy, caregiver support, in-home psychotherapy, peer counseling and referral services.
Babies on the Homefront provides military and veteran parents ideas for enhancing everyday moments with their baby or toddler and allows family members to stay connected, no matter where their work takes them. Parents can sort information by their young child’s age and specify their situation as At Home, Leaving Soon, Deployed, Home Again, a Veteran, or visiting a hospital. The app also allows quick access to a series of vodcasts on parenting for military and veteran families. The app is available in both English and Spanish for Apple and Android devices.
Exceptional Family Member Program provides assistance to military families with special medical or educational needs. Information, referral and non-clinical case management are available. Family support providers are available to help you identify and access programs, services and resources on your installation or in your community. Click here for an online overview.
Military Child Care is a Department of Defense (DoD) website that helps families in any service branch find and request military operated or military subsidized child care anywhere in the world. The website assists families with children with special needs in their search for care through a process that includes an Inclusion Action Team, or IAT, and Military Service specific IAT protocols. The IAT process supports reasonable accommodation by considering the needs of the child, the child care environment, staffing and training requirements, and the resources of the program. Programs welcome the opportunity to discuss each family’s needs throughout their search process. More information is available by contacting the local program.
Military and Veteran Families Support– ZERO TO THREE has developed resources specially designed for military and veteran families and the professionals who serve them. With their years of experience working with military families, they have developed tools for parents to use as they navigate the many transitions that are a part of military-connected life.
MilitaryHOMEFRONT’s Special Needs/ Exceptional Family Member Program Section – The Department of Defense’s (DoD) official website to help service members and their family members and their family members who have special needs. This site is packed with information on benefits, allowances, eligibility, and military and civilian resources.
MilitaryINSTALLATIONS – The official Department of Defense (DoD) source for installation and state resources available to active duty, guard, and reserve service and family members. Access a directory of programs and services to locate contact information, websites, installation overviews, maps and directions to any military installation. Click here to Plan My Move.
Military OneSource provides information, referrals, and assistance to the military community. Accessed by telephone or the internet, Military OneSource provides special needs consultations, research, resources, and materials intended to enhance current military services available to families with special needs.
Parent Education & Information Centers
Centro Binacional para el Desarrollo Indígena Oaxaqueño (CBDIO) has been dedicated to implement projects on worker’s rights, which provides orientation, education, training, counseling and referrals.
Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD) provides culturally and linguistically relevant services to empower monolingual and bilingual Chinese American families/ caretakers with special needs individuals through advocacy, community education, resources, and social network support and to improve the quality of special needs individuals.
Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO) is an Indigenous women-led, intergenerational organization that brings visibility and resources to the Indigenous migrant communities.
Fiesta Educativa’s programs include family conferences throughout the state that attract thousands of attendees, an autism education program for parents, and a partnership with a counterpart Chinese American organization that trains parents on special education advocacy. In addition, staff members organize regular “Fiestas Familiares” (“Family Parties”) in the homes of families to discuss topics such as special education eligibility and access to Regional Center services. These outreach events, conducted in Spanish and featuring food and music, reach entire families in safe, comfortable settings.
Korean American Special Education Center (KASEC) provides and facilitates comprehensive services for individuals within the Korean American community with developmental disabilities and mental health issues. They hold various parent education seminars and workshops as well as provide sports, music, and dance programs.
NAMI Basics is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. This course is also available in Spanish, Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners, and friends of individuals with mental illness. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of mental illness, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. The course is also available in Spanish, De Familia a Familia de NAMI.
NAMI Homefront is a class for families, partners, and friends of military service members and veterans experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed specifically to help these families understand those challenges and improve the ability of participants to support their service member or veteran.
Parent Advocacy Mentor Program (PAM) this eight-week 25-hour intensive training program provides parents and caretakers with the tools necessary to become more effective advocates for children with special needs. They are also taught how to be mentors to other parents with children with disabilities. Designed for both the beginner and advanced advocates, the program focuses on understanding systems of care, accessing regional center services, developing successful IEPs, public speaking, community organizing, and coalition building. Classes are FREE and held quarterly, on alternate Saturdays. Child care, breakfast, and all reading materials are provided.
Parent Ambassador Program – Families in Schools (FIS) recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement. FIS also recognizes that parents need and deserve the right tools to have informed conversations with school and educational leaders. The Parent Ambassador Program builds the skills, knowledge, and confidence of parents to advocate for their children, as well as become partners with FIS in improving local educational policies and practices that benefit all students. For more information about the program or to apply, contact Alison Gonzalez at (213) 484-3845 or email@example.com.
Team of Advocates for Special Kids (TASK) provides telephone support and assistance with special education and the IEP process; workshops on special education and transition planning; IEP consultations and document review; assistive technology labs and AAC consultation; programs for transition-age youth; resources and referrals.
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!
The 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.
CaliforniaColleges.edu 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.
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.
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.
- Affordable Colleges Online
- American Autism Association
- Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan
- California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment
- College Scholarships.org
- Community College Transfer Alumni Scholarships (CCTS)
- Course Hero
- CSU Scholarships
- Culver City Community Scholarship
- Golden Door Scholars
- HAI Group Resident Scholarship Program
- I Can Afford College
- Los Angeles City College Foundation (LACCF) Scholarship
- Middle Class Scholarship
- National Center for Learning Disabilities
- National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles Scholarship
- Norman Topping Student Aid Fund
- Scholarship America
- University of California: Undocumented Student Resources
- University HQ
- Video Caption Corporation
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.
College Students Guide to Ergonomics has super-helpful information and tips for college students on how to stay safe and keep active.
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 Community College Resources – List of available types of aid for students attending, or wanting to attend, one of the California Community Colleges in California. The California Community Colleges and higher education leaders encourage California Dream Act-eligible students to apply for financial aid.
California State University Resources for Undocumented Students – List of resources for students attending, or planning to attend a California State University campus. The California State University system is committed to ensuring that academic opportunities are available to all California students, regardless of citizenship status.
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!
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.
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.
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disabilities.
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!
University of California Undocumented Student Resources – List of individual University of California campus staff and faculty members who can help undocumented students find academic, financial, legal, healthcare, and social support both on and off-campus.
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.)
Supplemental Security Income (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.
California Department of Education, School Directory contains information about California public schools, private schools (including nonpublic nonsectarian schools), school districts, and county offices of education.
California Department of Education, Special Education Division website provides information and resources to serve the unique needs of persons with disabilities so that each person will meet or exceed high standards of achievement in academic and nonacademic skills.
The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) – Supporting the prevention and resolution of disputes through partnership and collaboration.
Disability Rights California – The Special Education Rights and Responsibilities (SERR) manual explains how to become eligible for special education, how to request and advocate for special education services, and what to do if you disagree with school districts.
Head Start Center for Inclusion – This 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.
Seeds of Partnership, Family Empowerment Centers (FEC) – Provide training and information to families of children and young adults with disabilities, between the ages of 3 and 22. Find a location near you.
Special Education Rights of Parents and Children under the IDEA by the California Department of Education English–Spanish–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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Special Transit: Offers special curb-to-curb transportation, using a fleet of 100% wheelchair-accessible vans, for elderly and disabled residents of Gardena, Hawthorne, Alondra Park and Del Aire. One-Way Fare Prices: regular ($0.75), legally blind (FREE), ID card holders ($0.75). Residents can apply by visiting the Hawthorne Memorial Center or calling (310) 349-1640. For dispatch service, call (310) 965-8848.
- 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.
- 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.
- Special Transit Bus: For Lawndale senior residents (60+) who need transportation for medical and dental appointments, shopping, banking, etc. 48 hours notice required in advance. Call (310) 973-3287.
- 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 and $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.
- Dial-A-Ride: Provides a valuable, low-cost transit service to help Malibu residents age 60 and older get to and from doctor appointments, grocery stores, the Senior Center, and certain healthcare destinations outside the City. The fare is only $1 or $2 for trips inside the City, or $4 for trips outside the City. Reservations can be made for trips by calling Ventura Transit Systems at (424) 346-8444. Hours:Monday- Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM; Thursday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Click here to download an application.
- 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.
- The Free Ride: FREE on-demand transportation within the Marina. Available daily, noon-9:00pm. The service area covers the Marina’s six hotels and many restaurants, as well as Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park, the Waterside shopping center, and Marina Beach. Select shuttles also travel to the Venice Pier and Abbot Kinney Boulevard. Wave down a Free Ride car and hop in, or TEXT (323) 435-5000 with your pick-up location, destination and passenger count. For more information, view visitmarinadelrey.com
- 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.
- 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 for more information.
- 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.
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.
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.
Disabled Person (DP) Parking Placards and License Plates – Provided by the Department of Motor Vehicles, you may qualify for a Disabled Person placard or Disabled Person license plates if you have impaired mobility due to having lost use of one or more lower extremities, or both hands, or have a diagnosed disease that substantially impairs or interferes with mobility, or one who is severely disabled to be unable to move without the aid of an assistive device. You may also qualify if you have specific, documented visual problems, including lower-vision or partial-sightedness.
GoGoGrandparent: Use Lyft or Uber without a smartphone! Simply register for GoGo online or via phone and you will be ready to schedule a ride. Drivers arrive within 15 minutes and can take you up to 100 miles in any direction. For more information and pricing, contact GoGo.
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.
Local Transit Services Directory (RIDEINFO) is a referral service that matches an individual’s transportation needs with available accessible transportation. Available Monday-Friday, 8:00AM – 5:00PM.
Los Angeles County Transit Pass Subsidy Program – The County contracts with Metro to sell monthly passes at reduced rates to senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and students (Kindergarten through the 12th grade and College/Vocational students) who live in the unincorporated areas of the County.
Discounted Metro General monthly passes and EZ transit passes are also available to unincorporated County residents who reside in the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth Supervisorial Districts. Visit LAGoBus.info or call (626) 458-5960 for more information or to view a list of LA County areas that qualify for this program.
Low-Income Fare is Easy (LIFE) 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.
The 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.
Metropolitan Transportation Authority (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). Apply in person at your local transit agency or apply online for a Reduced Fare TAP card!
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.
On the Move Riders Club – Metro’s older adult outreach program. The program provides educational workshops, events, tours, and travel training geared towards older adults, all with the goal of empowering individuals with the knowledge and practice needed to safely and independently access the bus and rail system in LA County. For more information or to get connected with an On the Move Riders Program in your city, please see below.
Replace Your Ride – Qualified program applicants could receive up to $9,500 to replace their own older, high-polluting vehicle with a newer vehicle, upgrade to a hybrid or electric vehicle or get vouchers for car-sharing or public transit passes. This program is available to vehicle owners residing within the South Coast AQMD Jurisdiction who meet the income and vehicle requirements. For more information, visit the website.
RideWith24 – A service that connects riders with on-demand rides without the use of a smartphone or app. You can make a simple phone call to request a ride and a ride will be provided to you in less than 10-15 minutes. Riders can request a ride anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Rides can also be scheduled in advance. For more information, visit the website or call.
Uber – The Uber app makes it easier for riders with disabilities to get from A to B at the push of a button. With the Uber app, riders no longer have to prearrange rides through a dispatcher or resort to other, less convenient, means of hailing a ride. Assistive technology such as visible and vibrating alerts can help riders who are deaf or hard of hearing use the Uber app easily, and in-app features, such as the ability to enter destination, can facilitate non-verbal communication between the rider and driver-partner. 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.
Uber Ride Pass is a monthly subscription provides price protection for consistently lower prices on every eligible route and every UberX and Express Pool rides (no matter the traffic, weather, or time of day) in the Los Angeles metro area. You can purchase a Ride Pass for just $24.99* a month through the Uber App or online.
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.
Updated: September 16, 2022