The term developmental disabilities includes intellectual disabilities (previously called mental retardation), epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, and conditions that require support similar to that provided to persons with an intellectual disability.
Autism is a disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate, play, and relate to others. A diagnosis of autistic disorder is made when an individual displays 6 or more symptoms across three major areas: (a) social interaction, (b) communication, and (c) restricted and repetitive behaviors. Click here to read “Understanding Autism: A Parent’s Guide.”
Cerebral Palsy (also known as CP) is a disorder that affects muscle coordination and body movement, usually causing stiffness. Cerebral Palsy can be caused either when the brain does not develop properly during pregnancy or there is damage to the brain before, during or after birth. Someone with mild CP might have a slight limp while someone with a more severe case of CP may require a wheelchair. Click here to read “Understanding Cerebral Palsy: A Parent’s Guide.”
Down Syndrome is one of the most common genetic disorders, affecting about 1 in 800 to 1000 live born children. It occurs among all ethnic groups and economic classes. The disorder is caused by the presence of an extra chromosome – people with Down syndrome are born with three copies of chromosome 21, instead of the usual two. This is caused by an error in cell division called “nondisjunction”, which usually occurs at conception and is not related to anything the mother did during pregnancy. Click here to read “Understanding Down Syndrome: A Parent’s Guide.”
Dual Diagnosis is a term applied to the co-existence of both developmental disabilities (autism, intellectual disability, epilepsy, or cerebral palsy) and mental health issues.
Epilepsy is a disorder that is characterized by recurrent seizures. Seizures may involve loss of consciousness, uncontrolled body movements, and loss of memory. However, having a seizure does not necessarily mean that a person has epilepsy. You can only be diagnosed with epilepsy if you have had two or more unprovoked seizures. Click here to read “Understanding Epilepsy: A Parent’s Guide.”
Intellectual Disability (previously known as mental retardation) is a term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and adaptive skills. These limitations will cause a child to learn and develop more slowly than a typical child. For example, it may take them longer to learn to speak, walk, or take care of their personal needs such as dressing or eating. Click here to read “Understanding Intellectual Disability: A Parent’s Guide.”
The following resources are for all populations including families, adult individuals, and children.
Attention Deficit Disorder is the world’s leading adult ADHD organization. We are an international non-profit – 501C – organization founded over twenty-five years ago to help adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) lead better lives. Since its inception, ADDA has become the source for information and resources exclusively for and about adult ADHD. ADDA brings together scientific perspectives and the human experience to generate hope, awareness, empowerment and connections worldwide in the field of ADHD.
ADD Resources help people with ADHD achieve their full potential through education, support and networking opportunities.
Asperger/Autism Network works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We do this by providing information, education, community, support, and advocacy–all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.
Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Association serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work with them, providing crucial resources and support as they face challenges, build on their strengths and fulfill their potential.
Ability Tools, formerly the AT Network, is California’s Assistive Technology Act Program that provides a variety of services for Californians with disabilities of all ages.
EmpowerTech is Los Angeles County’s only non-profit organization devoted to bringing the latest in assistive technology to children and adults living with disabilities.
Autism Center of Excellence center’s mission is to discover an early behavioral and biological signature of infants at risk for autism as young as 12-months.
Autism Science Foundation mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.
Autism Society of America is the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization. They work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy.
Autism Society of Los Angeles is a non-profit 501c3 corporation serving millions of people in the L.A. area affected by autism. They aim to improve the lives of all affected by autism in Los Angeles County by empowering individuals with autism, their families, and professionals through advocacy, education, support, and community collaboration.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment involves understanding the origins of social, communicative, and language deficits demonstrated by individuals with autism. It also focuses on the design and testing of experimental treatment interventions.
American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
Blind or Visually Impaired
American Foundation for the Blind provides resources, research, and advocacy for people who are blind or visually impaired, the people who work with them, and the general public. One of the foundation’s most famous ambassadors was Helen Keller, who spent 40 years working for the organization.
National Federation of the Blind is the largest membership organization of blind people in the United States. The NFB’s focus is advocacy, education, research, technology, and programs encouraging independence and self-confidence.
Cerebral Palsy Group offers resources and information on Cerebral Palsy for families and those diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
My Child at Cerebral Palsy provides information, tips, resources, encouragement and inspiration to individuals touched by Cerebral Palsy.
UCLA/Orthopedic Hospital for Cerebral Palsy is dedicated to improving function in children and adults with cerebral palsy through a program of timely diagnosis, comprehensive assessment and individualized treatment.
United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities.
California State Council on Developmental Disabilities is established by state and federal law as an independent state agency to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and supports they need.
California State Department of Developmental Services is the agency through which the State of California provides services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities.
California State Government links to several state agencies and departments.
Official California Legislature Information has Information on legislation, House members, committees and links to other government resources.
The U.S. Senate provides information on Senate activities, history, committees, schedules, legislation, and links to the Web sites of individual senators and a virtual tour of the U.S. Capitol.
Thomas Legislative Info has direct access to bills (passed and pending), congressional record, and constitution.
Voter Registration in California, you must be a US citizen, a resident of California, 18 years of age or older on Election Day, and not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony. If you have a developmental disability and need assistance registering to vote, please ask your Service Coordinator for help.
California Relay Service (CRS): If you have limitations hearing or speaking a specially-trained Communications Assistant (CA) can relay telephone conversations for all of your calls.
Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP) provide telephone communications access for all deaf and disabled Californians.
Hearing Loss Association of America is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss.
National Association of the Deaf is the nation’s premier civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.
Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles is here to enhance the welfare of people with Down Syndrome and their families through the development and promotion of education, counseling, employment and recreational programs and to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of Down Syndrome.
National Down Syndrome Society works every day to increase public awareness about Down syndrome and discover its underlying causes through research, education and advocacy.
California Department of Education, Special Education 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.
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.
Center for Parent Information and Resources, Developing Your Child’s IEP is a legacy resource from NICHCY that explains the basics of the special education process and gives you information on how to be an effective partner with your child’s school.
County of Los Angeles Public Library provides computer use, laptop checkout & unlimited Wi-Fi access; programs for families and children; free Online Learning for Personal & Professional Development; Passport Services; free online Live Homework help for kids and teens; free citizenship events; free online language-learning classes for all ages; and more!
Early Head Start is designed to nurture and support your child’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development, from birth to age three. Pregnant mothers can even benefit from Early Head Start resources and services, such as parenting and nutrition classes to learn how to fully take care of themselves and their babies. They also provide resources to support healthy development and learning at home, family health and nutrition, and coordinate services for children with special needs.
Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC) provides a useful storehouse of information for parents of children with disabilities, focusing on the efforts of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC). The council facilitates federal, state and local activities related to serving infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, from birth through age 5, who receives services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as other federally funded programs such as health care, child care and social services.
Fiesta Educativa provides information and training to Latino families on how to obtain services for all persons with disabilities. Training is also provided to professionals who work with these families. Fiesta Educativa’s efforts include an annual statewide conference on topics such as resources, patient and client rights, educational and vocational programs, and stress management for families; home-based parent education and training program “Fiesta Familiar”; and an advocacy and outreach project assisting families and persons with disabilities to make the best use of the agencies and resources available to them in their communities.
Head Start gives kids, ages three to five, the learning and social skills they need to be ready to start school. They also help provide families with the support they need most, including making healthy food choices and ensuring every child is receiving regular medical and dental care. We also help coordinate additional services for children and families, including nutrition, services for children with special needs, and mental health services.
Head Start Center for Inclusion website contains a wealth of information on supporting and including children with special needs in the classroom and home. Look here for training materials, tools, as well as other resources.
The Help Group provides innovative and comprehensive special education and therapeutic programs. The Help Group has been dedicated to serving young people with special needs related to autism, Asperger’s Disorder, learning disabilities, emotional development, mental retardation, and abuse and neglect.
California Employment Consortium for Youth is a collaboration of 45+ representatives of 25+ state agencies, associations, and organizations, families, and self-advocates with responsibilities for the education, rehabilitation, employment, and support of youth with disabilities. The CECY aims to stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) in competitive integrated employment (CIE).
Getting Hired– Employment opportunities for Individuals with disabilities – Bridging the Gap between Job Seekers with Disabilities & Employers Looking to Hire
Los Angeles Jewish Abilities Center is a community resource for Jewish adults with special needs and caregivers
UCLA Extension Education is a sequential program for students with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, offering a blend of educational, social, and vocational experiences, taught and supervised by experienced instructors sensitive to the individual needs of our students. On campus, Pathway students attend classes and participate with UCLA students in the many social, recreational, and cultural activities of a major university.
Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy is the leading nongovernmental agency fully committed to funding research in epilepsy. CURE’s mission is to cure epilepsy, transforming and saving millions of lives. We identify and fund cutting-edge research, challenging scientists worldwide to collaborate and innovate in pursuit of this goal.
The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy though research, education, advocacy, and services. This site has general information on epilepsy as well as information on research, programs, and advocacy.
Fragile X Syndrome
Finding a Cure for Fragile X is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization committed to finding a cure for fragile X. FRAXA has funded more than $26 million in biomedical research, yielding discoveries that are changing the lives of families coping with fragile X.
National Fragile X Syndrome has the latest articles, news and events, along with stories directly from the families they serve. Their mission is to provide unwavering support for every family affected by Fragile X, while relentlessly pursuing a cure.
Achievable Health Center provide high quality, integrated health care to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and other vulnerable populations.
Disability Benefits 101 gives you tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment. You can plan ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.
Healthy City improves the ability of low income, underserved children, adolescents, and their families to access services and advocate for critical resources in their neighborhoods and communities.
L.A. Care is an independent public agency created by the state of California to provide health coverage to low-income Los Angeles County residents.
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services provides a wealth of health information including the availability of services and state of the art strategies for improving the health of all Angelenos.
New DDS Safety Net Content: Practicing Preventive Health has brand new tips and tools to help you be prepared for your annual checkup. Check them out below. Click on the picture to watch Michelle go to her first annual checkup!
New York Times ‘Your Health Daily is a health newsletter.
Safety Net is a web site is dedicated to the dissemination of information on the prevention and mitigation of risk factors for persons with developmental disabilities. The site includes information from across the nation on current research and best practices and practical information directed towards improving consumers’ health and safety and insuring their protection from harm.
Saint John’s Health Center provides information about Health & Wellness, Patient & Physician Information, Special Events, and Volunteer Opportunities.
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Los Angeles. Child Amputee Prosthetics Project (CAPP) provides comprehensive care for children in need of prosthetic and orthotic devices
Venice Family Clinic is one of the largest free clinics in the United States, the Venice Family Clinic serves as a beacon of hope and healing for low income families. Find out about services and events.
211 L.A. County is a dedicated service that provides an easy-to-use, caring, professional source of guidance, advocacy, and 24 hours 7 days per week access to a comprehensive range of human services to the people of Los Angeles County.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income people pay the cost of heating their homes.
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.
Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) provides general information on CalWORKS (AFDC), food stamps, Medi-Cal, IHSS and General Relief (GR).
Office of Disability Employment Policy has information about Social Security Disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income, disability benefits, etc.
Psych Central has a list of national hotlines and help lines.
DDS Housing Resources: This site provides information about affordable housing projects in which DDS is involved. The site also links users to public and private agencies that can assist individuals with developmental disabilities in finding affordable housing.
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) has grown to become one of the nation’s largest and leading public housing authorities, providing the largest supply of quality affordable housing to residents of the City of Los Angeles. HACLA provides more than a place to live. It offers a range of programs specifically for low income, homeless, disabled, children and seniors.
The Infant Development Association of California‘s mission is to foster collaboration between families and professionals working with children, birth to three with special needs. The Infant Development Association of California provides education, leadership and advocacy.
March of Dimes improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. The March of Dimes carries out this mission through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy.
American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Arc is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities where they promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
Learning Disabilities of America provides support to people with learning disabilities, their parents, teachers and other professionals with cutting edge information on learning disabilities, practical solutions, and a comprehensive network of resources. These services make LDA the leading resource for information on learning disabilities.
National Center for Learning Disabilities provides information to parents, professionals and individuals with learning disabilities, promotes research and programs to foster effective learning, and advocates for policies to protect and strengthen educational rights and opportunities.
Legal Services and Advocacy
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates work to protect and enforce the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families. Their primary goal is to secure high quality educational services and to promote excellence in advocacy.
Disability Rights California advocates, educates, investigates and litigates to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities. They assist with Regional Centers, employment, special education, mental health, benefits and managed care, discrimination, and voting. Each Regional Center has a Clients’ Rights Advocate that is provided by DRC and is there to help individuals and families when then need assistance.
Learning Rights is a legal service nonprofit that fights for a child’s right to education. Learning Rights assists low-income families by providing free legal counsel and advice, advocacy, direct representation, education, training and policy work.
Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) –Information on filing for special education mediation and due process requests
TASK, Team of Advocates for Special Kids is a nonprofit organization that specializes in special education and assistive technology support for the families of children with disabilities and the professionals who serve them.
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.
Reach Across L.A. is a cross-systems, collaborative program administered by Westside Regional Center. The program focuses on recognizing and addressing the needs of individuals with dual diagnosis. It was established in 2008 and is made possible by the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) grant funding from the California Department of Developmental Services.
American Society for Nutrition supports its members and fulfills its mission by fostering and enhancing research in animal and human nutrition; providing opportunities for sharing, disseminating, and archiving peer-reviewed nutrition research results); fostering quality education and training in nutrition; upholding standards for ethical behavior in research, the protection of human subjects, and the care and treatment of research animals; providing opportunities for fellowship and support among nutritionists; and bringing scientific knowledge to bear on nutrition issues through communication and influence in the public domain.
Eat Right-Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
Meals on Wheels West for People & PETS No matter why a person is unable to leave home, a recent hospital stay, poor health, accident or disability, they often face the major difficulties of poor nutrition, limited mobility and isolation. Meals on Wheels West deliver medically appropriate meals and a wellness check to homebound clients.
Nutrition.gov is a USDA-sponsored website that offers credible information to help you make healthful eating choices.
Exceptional Minds Studio is a nonprofit vocational school and working studio that prepares young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in digital animation and visual effects.
Going to College contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help them get a head start in planning for college.
Santa Monica College, Disability Resources offers guidance and counseling on admissions requirements and procedures, as well as a number of special programs to help students with their academic, vocational, and career planning goals. In addition, the Center offers services such as tutoring, specialized equipment, and test proctoring, among many other accommodations for students who are eligible. Please visit their site for more information or call 310-434-4265 or 310-434-4273(TDD).
Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability.
West Los Angeles College, Disabled Students Programs and Services help students who have special needs because of physical, communication, or learning challenges can visit the DSPS program intake office, and speak to a program representative about program eligibility and services.
Recreational and Social Activities
American Youth Soccer Organization(AYSO) is a nationwide non-profit organization that develops and deliver quality youth soccer programs in a fun family environment.
AYSO “VIP” Soccer Program
AYSO Region 7 (Westchester, Playa del Rey, Marina del Rey, Inglewood, Ladera Heights) conducts an AYSO VIP soccer program for athletes with mental or physical challenges every fall from September through November. Started locally in 1999 and winner of a 2001 WRC Excellence Award for community based programs, AYSO Region 7 provides a full soccer experience for special needs athletes regardless of age, ability, experience, or where they live.
Best Buddies program links volunteers with people with intellectual disabilities.
Boys and Girls Club of America provides sports & recreation, arts, education, health & wellness, and character & leadership after school programs to youth in the community.
California Department of Parks and Recreation website is designed to assist you plan your visit to a California State park.
City of Santa Monica Therapeutic Recreation Programs
Ken Edwards Center for Community Services – Community and Senior Programs Division
Culver City Senior and Social Services provide information and referrals to government programs, senior citizens services, and other community resources.
Easterseals Camp is a week-long resident camp serving children and adults in the San Bernardino Mountains. Held at Camp Oakes, an accredited American Camping Association site, Easterseals’ camps offer children and adults with disabilities the same excitement and activities available at other camps.
Elysian Park Therapeutic Recreation Center provides quality recreation programs for persons with disabilities to maximize their cognitive, social, and recreational growth. Activities, programs, and special events are designed for individuals with disabilities to promote wellness, increase self-esteem, provide opportunities for socialization, and improve psycho-motor development in a safe and well supervised environment. This facility has an amphitheater with outdoor seating that can accommodate 200 to 300 people. A therapeutic program for children and teens with disabilities is available.
Friendship Circle aims to provide children and teenagers with special needs and their families with many of the social and recreational opportunities that are currently available to the general community.
Kids Like Me (The Help Group) offers a number of after-school programs for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs in the Los Angeles area.
Leaps n Boundz provides adaptive sports, recreation and social programming for individuals with special needs. They teach in therapeutic and fun environments that promote strength and growth in all aspects of life.
Little League Baseball – Challenger Divisions
The Challenger Division was established in 1989 as a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide. For more information on the Little League Challenger Division, contact 570-326-1921, ext.2254; or email challenger@LittleLeague.org.
Culver City has a Challenger League, for more information click here.
Martin Luther King Therapeutic Recreation Center is an inclusive recreation facility that offers a variety of programming for youth with and without disabilities.
My Play Club – is a free community outreach program of Shane’s Inspiration that brings children of ALL abilities together at one of our inclusive playgrounds for a play date. They buddy children with challenges with typically developing kids, giving both the opportunity to get to know about each other.
Queue-Up is a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program for all youth and adults including Veterans, those with Disabilities, PSTD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Multiple Sclerosis and Learning or Language Disabilities. Members learn the art and technique of horseback riding. We have had enormous success in paring members with horses.
Reserve California website allows you to make online reservations for camping, lodging, boating, tours, and activities in California.
Santa Monica Adaptive Recreation & Sports is offered by the City of Santa Monica. These are year-round social programs for people with disabilities and their friends.
Shane’s Inspiration Playground projects are designed to be accessible playgrounds and inclusive playgrounds for children with disabilities to play along with typically-abled children. These free, outdoor inclusive play environments are age-appropriate and include safe, state-of-the-art, sensory-rich structures that encourage healing in children with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy.
Sierra Club, the Angeles Chapter, provides opportunities for youth and their families to get outdoors to explore enjoy & protect our natural world.
Special Camps for Special Kids for Southern California is a guide to summer camps for kids with special needs in Southern California
Special Needs Network raises public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults. SNN serves as a link between under-served communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions.
Special Olympics Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley Regions offer 11 Olympic-style individual and team sports (e.g. track & field, basketball, bocce, golf, swimming, bowling, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, floor hockey) that provide meaningful training and competition opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Sony Pictures Studio’s Jeopardy – A free taping of this game show can be seen in Culver City. Application for tickets.
Sony Pictures Studio’s Wheel of Fortune – A free taping of this game show can be seen
in Culver City. Request for tickets online.
Team Santa Monica is a swim club, non-profit, parent-run organization. It serves Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Culver City, Venice, Marina del Rey, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and the Westside of Los Angeles.
Vermont Studio Center – A nonprofit, year-round, international creative community, dedicated to serving artists and writers in an open, nurturing, supportive work environment.
Westside Special Olympics – Special Olympics Southern California-Westside offers year-round sports programs and competitions for athletes in Santa Monica, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, West Hollywood, West LA, Century City, Westwood, Culver City, Mar Vista, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey and Westchester.
Access provides transportation throughout Los Angeles City for persons with developmental disabilities who meet their criteria.
Big Blue Bus – All Big Blue Buses offer riders many accessibility features and services, including: ramp boarding for mobility devices; LED screens that display information for riders with hearing challenges; audio announcements at bus entry and on-board for riders with sight challenges; and large print schedules.
CityRide is a transportation assistance program for individuals age 65 or older and qualified disabled persons in the City of Los Angeles and select areas of Los Angeles County. The program offers Cityride participants reduced costs for the purchase of City of Los Angeles permitted taxi rides and Cityride Dial-A-Ride services.
Complete Access is an organization that adapts vans and equipment for the disabled and has adapted rental equipment available. They also provide remodeling services to make homes more accessible. Complete Access accepts various private insurance and is awaiting Medicare approval.
Culver CityBus serve the Westside communities of Blair Hills, Century City, Culver City, Mar Vista, Marina del Rey, Palms, Playa Vista, Venice Beach, West Los Angeles, Westchester, and Westwood. ACCESS Services users ride Culver CityBus for free with a valid ACCESS card. Personal care attendants are required to pay full fare when accompanying the ACCESS Services user. All Culver City buses are wheelchair/mobility device accessible.
MTA – Provides a discount monthly pass and cash fare to qualified senior citizens and disabled persons.
Uber -Choose your ride and set your location. You’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map.
A generic resource is a service provided by an agency that has a legal responsibility to provide services to the general public and receives public funds for providing those services. According to the Lanterman Act, regional centers must exhaust all available generic resources before accessing their funded services. Some generic agencies you might be referred to are:
- California Children’s Services (CCS): A state program for children with certain diseases or health problems. Through this program, children up to 21 years old can get the health care and services they need.
- Child Health & Disability Prevention (CHDP): A preventative health program. They help children and teens stay healthy and find health problems before they become painful by working to make health care available to all children who are uninsured or under-insured.
- Denti-Cal: The Medi-Cal Program currently offers dental services as one of the program’s many benefits. Under the guidance of the California Department of Health Care Services, the Medi-Cal Dental Services Program aims to provide Medi-Cal beneficiaries with access to high-quality dental care.
- Department of Mental Health (DOMH): Serves populations suffering from persistent mental illness, especially those with no safe living environment, inadequate access to resources, and absent family or kin. Highest priority is afforded to those struggling in foster care, subsisting in the streets/shelters, frequenting ERs, “living” on psychiatry wards, and languishing in the criminal justice system.
- Department of Rehabilitation (DOR): An employment and independent living resource for people with disabilities.
- 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.
- In-Home Support Services (IHSS): Provides personal care and domestic services to persons who are aged, blind or disabled and who live in their own homes. IHSS is provided to those who otherwise might be placed in an out-of-home care facility but who can safely remain in their own home if IHSS services are received.
- L.A. County Services
- Local School Districts The Los Angeles County Office of Education provides the public with a directory of all Los Angeles County School and College Districts
- Medi-Cal: Offers free or low-cost health coverage for California residents who meet eligibility requirements. Most applicants who apply through Covered California and enroll in Medi-Cal will receive care through managed health plans.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI): A Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes). It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
WRC YouTube Channel
Through the DDS Disparity Funds Program, WRC was able to produce the following videos to provide consumers, families, and communities with equitable access to information on regional center services, supports, and resources.
View the Westside Regional Center YouTube Channel