Research on Employment Supports for People with Disabilities: Summary of the Focus Group Findings. Tax Policies


Earned Income Tax Credit. This is a tax credit paid to a working family earning just the minimum wage. It is available statewide.67

Low Income Housing Tax Credit. Congress created the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) to compensate for the high costs of constructing and rehabilitating apartments that lead to rent rates set higher than low income families can afford. Nationwide, the LIHTC leverages about $7 billion in investment each year to produce approximately 75,000 apartments that rent at prices affordable to low income families and the elderly. All apartments are dedicated at restricted rates for 30 years or more to families who earn 60 percent or less of area median income. Currently, 59 percent are dedicated for periods longer than 30 years, and one in six is permanently dedicated to low income use. Both federal and state programs are administered by the California Mortgage Bond and Tax Credit Allocation Commission.68

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Welfare-To-Work Credit. The Ticket To Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 authorizes this tax credit, and the California Employment Development Department certifies employers for the same credit. This program offers and employer tax credit of up to $8,500 to employers who promote hiring for certain target groups (such as Food Stamp recipients aged 18-24, VR referrals, etc.). This program is available statewide, and benefits low-income individuals.69

Policies and Programs Available in Los Angeles for People with Disabilities
Organization Contact Information Web Site Program/Services Target Group Target Area
Private and Non-Profit Programs
American Civil Liberties Union 1616 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90026
PH: (213)977-9500 Advocate for individual rights and equal justice and to extend constitutional rights to groups that have been traditionally denied to them. Also works for change through public education, community activism, public policy analysis, and governmental lobbying. People with disabilities who require legal assistance in areas dealing with constitutional protections Los Angeles area
Asthma Allergy Foundation of America, Southern California Chapter 5900 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 2330
Los Angeles, 90036
PH: (800)624-0044
FAX: (323)937-7815 Children suffer most from asthma. Our free camp, sport clinics and treatment programs in schools help these asthmatic children lead normal, active lives. Individuals with asthma and allergic diseases Southern California
California State University, NorthridgeCenter on Disabilities 1811 Nordhoff St.
Northridge, 91330
Voice/TTY: (818)677-2578
FAX: (818)677-4929 Provides educational support services to students with disabilities; holds an annual conference, "Technology and Persons with Disabilities; directs an "Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program," which teaches professionals in the field how to use technology on behalf of disabled people. Students with disabilities Not limited to a target area
Canine Companion Services P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa, 95402
PH: (800)CCI-DOGS Provides highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support. CCI graduates pay only a $100 Team Training registration fee that is reimbursed in supplies. There is no charge for the dog. People with physical or developmental disabilities who can demonstrate that a Canine Companion will enhance their independence or their quality of life are eligible to apply. Also eligible are professionals working for organizations that provide physical or mental health care to clients who could benefit from interaction with a facility dog. People with disabilities Not limited to a target area
Casa Colina Rehabilitation Services 255 E. Bonita Ave.
PO Box 6001
Pomona, 91769
PH: (909)506-7733
FAX: (909)596-7845 Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation constitutes a health care network providing medical rehabilitation, residential, return to work and community services. Participants mentioned children programs and outdoor adventure activities Casa Colina offered. People with disabilities Southern California
Crohn's And Colitis Foundation Of America 3731 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 518
Los Angeles, 90010
PH: (213)380-3800
FAX: (213)380-6635 Devotes contributions to scientific research, support services and education to benefit the thousands of California residents who suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Children and adults with Crohn's disease or colitis Southern California
Disabled Student Center at Santa Monica College 1900 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, 90405
PH: (310)434-4000 Accessibility; adaptive equipment services; accommodations; resource information; advocacy, counseling, referral for diagnostic testing for learning disabilities, note takers, readers, special testing accommodations, support groups, scribes, and taping of textbooks. Students with disabilities West Los Angeles area
Jewish Big Brothers Association of Los Angeles 22622 Vanowen St.
West Hills, 91307
PH: (800)453-KIDS
FAX: (323)761-8695 Big Brother program, including disabled children/similarly disabled Big Brothers matching; mentoring programs; parent and child counseling; interracial; nonsectarian camping experience Boys and girls 6-18 Los Angeles area
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Los Angeles Chapter 1020 S. Arroyo Pkwy
Suite 200
Pasadena, 91105
PH: (626)403-1480
FAX: (626)403-1488 Research to save the lives of children and adults who suffer from diabetes and its devastating complications. Individuals with diabetes Los Angeles area
Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic (multiple locations) 3787 S. Vermont
Los Angeles, 90007
PH: (323)766-2360 Comprehensive treatment services for children with serious emotional and/or behavioral problems or who have been abused. Families/caregivers are integral part of treatment. Children and their families Los Angeles area
Lupus Foundation Of America, Southern California Chapter 17985 Sky Park Cir.
Suite J
Invine, 92614
PH: (888)532-2322 Patient-oriented organization helping people with lupus and their families by providing information, referral education, crisis intervention and support for lupus research. People with lupus Los Angeles area
Lutheran Social Services of Southern California 2424 S. Fremont Ave.
Alhambra, 91803
PH: (626)570-5200
FAX: (626)570-5210 Multi-service agency providing counseling, emergency assistance, transitional housing, housing, brown bag programs and day programs for adults with development disabilities. People with limited options Southern California
March Of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation 3699 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 520
Los Angeles, 90010
PH: (213)637-5066
FAX: (213)637-5055 Improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. This is accomplished through programs of research, community services, education and advocacy. Infants with disabilities; general public Southern California
Muscular Dystrophy Association (multiple locations) University of California, Los Angeles
300 UCLA Medical Plaza Fighting 40 neuromuscular diseases through worldwide research, a nationwide network of clinics offering comprehensive medical services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. All persons with muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disorders, their families and their care/support providers Southern California
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation 5675 Telegraph Rd.
Suite 230
Los Angeles, 90040 A voluntary health organization which informs patients about their neuromuscular disease, conducts medical education, provides clinic and drug bank services and supports medical research. People with myesthenia gravis Southern California
Southern California National Kidney Foundation of Southern California 5777 W. Century Blvd.
Suite 1450
Los Angeles, 90045
PH: (310)641-8152
FAX: (310)641-5246 Dedicated to the treatment, prevention and cure of kidney/urologic disease. Provides patient services (including camp); public/professional education; research; promotes organ donation and transplantation. Individuals with kidney and urinary tract diseases Southern California
Rancho Los Amigos Hospital 7601 E. Imperial Hwy
Downey, 90242
PH: (800)426-4467
(562)401-7041 Licensed 436-bed facility which has achieved an international reputation over the last 40 years for its pioneering efforts in the rehabilitation of patients of all ages with severe disabilities, including victims of spinal cord injuries and strokes. The hospital maintains a close affiliation with the University of Southern California School of Medicine. People with disabilities, especially people with spinal cord injury Southern California
Western Law Center on Disability Rights (located on the campus of the Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University) 919 S. Albany St.
P.O. Box 15019
Los Angeles, 90015
PH: (213)736-1194
FAX: (213)736-1428 Disability mediation; learning rights project; cancer legal resource center; train-the-trainers workshop for disability rights advocates; disability rights roundtables; self-advocacy training for people with disabilities; outreach and education Persons with all types of disabilities who require legal assistance Southern California
Education, Training, and Rehabilitation
AbilityFirst (formerly Crippled Children's Society of L.A.) 2555 E. Colorado Blvd.
Second Floor
Pasadena, 91107
PH: (626)396-1010 Programs in day care, therapeutic recreation, vocational training, sheltered workshops, resident camps, independent living apartments and information/referral. Children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities Los Angeles area
Activities for Retarded Children 6456 Whitsett Dr. N.
Hollywood, 91606
PH: (818)762-4365
  Provides therapeutic recreation, socialization and adult education through Saturdays Camp, day care, residential camp, self advocacy, independent living and job skills training. Children with mental retardation Northern LA County, San Fernando Valley
Ahead With Horses Inc. 9311 Del Arroyo Dr.
Sun Valley, 91352
PH: (818)767-6373
  Develops therapy through horses, enabling children to lead more independent and productive lives. Multi-handicapped children Los Angeles area
Amyothrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association, Greater Los Angeles Chapter P.O. Box 565
Agoura Hills, 91376
PH: (818)865-8067
FAX: (818)865-8066 la_chapter.cfm The greater Los Angeles Chapter of the ALS Association is the only non-profit health organization fighting ALS through research, patient support, information and public awareness. People with ALS and their families Greater Los Angeles area
ARC Of Southeast Los Angeles County 12049 Woodruff Ave.
Downey, 90241
PH: (562)803-4606
FAX: (562)803-6550 Serves 350 people with mental retardation every day and is committed to provide the opportunity to form and work toward goals through training and education. People with mental retardation Southeast Los Angeles County
Arthritis Foundation 4311 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 530
Los Angeles, 90010
PH: (323)954-5750
FAX: (323)954-5790 Employment and educational services, exercise and self-management programs, literature about living and coping with arthritis, and quality of life programs, including PACE (People with Arthritis Can Exercise), WET (Water Exercise Together), and self-management courses specific to arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, and lupus. Children and adults who have any form of arthritis Los Angeles area
Boredom Is A Cop-Out (BIACO) N. Garey Ave.
  Clubhouse for people with mental illness. Support groups and other support services, job training, job search and job placement assistance, information and referral People with mental illness Pomona area
Braille Institute of America 741 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles
PH: (323)663-1111
FAX: (323)663-0867
  Provides educational and rehabilitation services, free of charge. Services include talking books and Braille library, with books and magazines on tape; Braille and large print books; closed circuit magnifier (CCTV) demonstrations; on-line access. Legally blind persons of all ageas  Southern California
Breast Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen-Los Angeles Affiliate 3527A N. Verdugo Rd.
Glendale, 91208
PH: (818)957-6006
  Breast cancer education, screening and treatment. Help stop the devastation now. Also hosts Komen Race for the Cure. People with breast cancer and their families Southern California
Build Regional Center 1323 Truman
Glendale, 91340
PH: (818)898-0020
  Employment services; vocational rehabilitation services; on the job training services; job preparation and assessment services. People with disabilities San Fernando Valley
Center for Independent Living, Westside 1290 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, 90066
PH: (310)390-3611
FAX: (310)390-4906 Advocacy; public benefits counseling; peer counseling; housing referrals; information and referral Persons with significant disabilities West Los Angeles area
Computer Access Center 6234 W. 87th St.
Los Angeles, 90045
PH: (310)338-1597
FAX: (310)338-9319 CAC assists and supports people with disabilities to achieve productivity, success and independence by giving them easy access to information and experience about enabling technology. Children and adults with disabilities Los Angeles area
Epilepsy Foundation of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties 3600 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 920
Los Angeles, 90036
PH: (800)564-0445
FAX: (213)382-8602 Information, education, referrals, camp, and support services for people affected by epilepsy, and epilepsy education for the general public. Individuals affected by epilepsy Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Ventura Counties
Goodwill Industries of Southern California 342 San Fernando Rd.
Los Angeles, 90023
PH: (323)223-1211
FAX: (323)343-9927 Helps to achieve self-sufficiency through employment, job training and placement, education, vocational rehabilitation, counseling, and other services Disabled and disadvantaged people Southern California
House Ear Institute 2100 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, 90057
PH: (213)483-4431
FAX: (213)483-8789 Helps deaf and hearing impaired people, train surgeons worldwide to save and restore hearing, and pursue groundbreaking hearing and balance research. Deaf and hearing impaired people, surgeons around the world NA
Minority Aids Project 5149 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90016
PH: (213)936-4949
FAX: (213)936-4973 Hollywood/9930/map.html M.A.P. deals with the prevention of HIV through education, prevention, provides services to those affected, effected by HIV. Provides food pantry, clothing bank, section-8 vouchers. Minority persons with AIDS Los Angeles area
National Federation for the Blind 741 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, 90029
PH: (213)663-1111 x358 Public education; information and referral; supplies, appliances and other adaptive equipment; job opportunities; scholarships; literature and publications about blindness; advocacy services; development and evaluation of technology. Support for blind persons. Blind persons In-person services provided at main office at Braille Institute
The Wellness Community 200 E. Del Mar
Suite 118
Pasadena, 91105
PH: (626)796-1083
FAX: (626)796-0601 Enhances health and well being by providing a professional program of support, education and hope. People with cancer and their families Southern California
Public In-Kind Support Services
ACCESS Services 725 Figueroa
Los Angeles, 90017
PH: (800)827-0829
  Provides paratransit and transportation services for people with disabilities. People with disabilities Los Angeles area
AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHS) 6225 W. Sunset Blvd.
16th Floor
Los Angeles, 90057
PH: (213)462-2273
  Provides quality services and affordable healthcare services to all people who are HIV affected. Provides advocacy in support of people with HIV infection and all persons in need of healthcare. People who are HIV affected Los Angeles area
AIDS Project Los Angeles 1313 N. Vine St.
Los Angeles, 90028
PH: (323)993-1600 Provides over 30 AIDS related services: case management, dental clinic, food bank, housing, mental health, legal and insurance counseling, buddy program and education. People with AIDS Los Angeles area
American Lung Association of Los Angeles County 5858 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 300
Los Angeles, 90036
PH: (323)935-5864 Promotes community lung health through pediatric asthma services, adult respiratory support groups, smoking cessation, clean air education, tuberculosis testing/education. Provides literature/referrals; fund research. People with lung disease Los Angeles County
Asian American Drug Abuse Program 53181 S. Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90043
PH: (323)293-6284
FAX: (323)295-4075 Provides substance abuse treatment through 24 hour residential program, day treatment program, outpatient counseling, and programs for youth and families. Asian Americans with substance abuse problems Los Angeles area
Burbank Center for the Retarded 230 Amherst
PH: (818)843-4907
  A day activity program and extended day care. Developmentally disabled/mentally retarded adults and school age children Burbank
Children Affected by AIDS Foundation 6033 W. Centry Blvd.
Suite 260
Los Angeles, 90045
PH: (310)258-0850
FAX: (310)258-0851 Distributes funds for the provision of direct care/services. Children infected with HIV or affected by AIDS due to illness/death of parent Los Angeles area
Easter Seals of Southern California 2721 W. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, 91803
PH: (626)281-9404
FAX: (626)281-9464 Education, employment, housing, home care, recreation and transportation. People with disabilities Southern California
Five Acres, The Boys' and Girls' Aid Society of Los Angeles 760 W. Mountain View St.
Altadena, 91001
PH: (626)798-6793
FAX: (626)797-7722 A therapeutic center for prevention and treatment of child abuse/neglect; residential programs for youth, family-based services, foster care, deaf services, non public school and parent education. Children who have been abused San Gabriel Valley
Foundation for the Junior Blind 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90043
PH: (323)295-4555
FAX: (323)296-0424 Provides programs and services for children and families that enable blind and visually impaired young people, including the multi-handicapped blind, to achieve independence and self-esteem. Programs include: Infant Family Program, special education programs, recreational and social development, residential camp, residential living, vocational independence and library services. Blind and visually-impaired young people Los Angeles area
Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD) 2222 Laverna Ave.
Los Angeles, 90041
TDD/Voice: (323) 478-8000
FAX: (323)550-4205 Operating on a $5.0 million budget, GLAD serves more than 60,000 people annually. Services include: family health services; community advocate (CA) services to assist deaf and HOH people related to education, independent living skills, and advocacy; employment services; interpreter referral program (LIFESIGNS); information and referral; and housing for senior citizens (Deaf and Hard of Hearing senior citizens live in GLAD's building on the third floor and are provided with services and affordable rates). People who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (HOH) Southern California
L.A. Gay Lesbian Center McDonald/Wright Bldg.
1625 N. Schrader Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90028
PH: (323)993-7400 Serves 15,000 clients per month with primary and HIV medical and mental health services, youth services, education, legal and cultural programming. People who are gay and lesbian Los Angeles area
Little People of America, Inc. no mailing address available
PH: (818)501-3304 lpa_la/ Assists dwarfs with their physical and developmental concerns resulting from short stature. Provides medical, environmental, educational, vocational, and parental guidance; peer support; personal example; and networking with national and international growth-related and genetic-support groups. Membership is also available to relatives and interested professionals who work with short statured individuals. People of short stature and their families Los Angeles area
Mental Health Association 1336 Wilshire Blvd.
Second Floor
Los Angeles, 90017
PH: (213)413-1130
FAX: (213)413-1114 Provides comprehensive mental health and rehabilitation services to mentally ill people; develops permanent, affordable housing; and helps individuals find mental health care. People with mental illness Los Angeles County
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter 2440 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Suite 115
Los Angeles, 90064
PH: (310)479-4456
FAX: (310)479-4436 Provides services and programs for people who have MS and their families and supports research into the cause, treatment and cure of multiple sclerosis. People who have M.S. and their families and supports Southern California
Shriners Los Angeles Hospital 3160 Geneva St.
Los Angeles, 90020
PH: (213)388-3151
FAX: (213)387-7528 shc/losangeles/ Accepts and treats children with routine and complex orthopedic problems, utilizing the latest treatment and technology available in pediatric orthopedics. Treatment is provided at no cost to patients or their families. Children with orthopedic disabilities Southern California
Tri-City Mental Health Services, Pomona 2008 North Garey Ave.
PH: (909)623-6131
  Mental health services, parenting, domestic violence (victims), dual diagnosis, sexual perpetrators, adult depression, anxiety groups, social skills groups, anger management People with mental illness Pomona, Claremont, San Dimas, Covina, West Covina, La Verne
United Cerebral Palsy 7630 Gloria Ave.
Van Nuys, 91406
PH: (818)782-2211
FAX: (818)909-9106 Direct service provider to approximately 600 severely disabled children and adults. 33 locations offer programs including housing, adult day care, and family support services. Individuals with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara Counties
United States Adaptive Recreation Center 43101 Goldmine Dr.
Big Bear Lake, 92315
PH: (909)584-0269 Provides accessible outdoor recreation opportunities and the instruction and resources required to participate in outdoor recreation. Adults and children with disabilities Southern California
Verdugo Mental Health Center and Glendale Family Service 1540 East Colorado
Glendale, 91205
PH: (818)244-7257
FAX: (818)243-5431 orgs/Verdugo.Mental.Health.Center/ Comprehensive managed behavioral healthcare organization providing psychiatric outpatient care for children and adults, outpatient substance abuse counseling and individual, family and group psychotherapy. People with mental illness San Fernando Valley
Xtreme Medical 7860 E. Imperial Hwy
Suite A
Downey, 90242
PH: (562)622-9953
FAX: (562)622-9945 Provider of medical supplies for people who use wheelchairs, including urological supplies, custom wheelchairs, bath equipment, and other rehab equipment. Also provides information on wheelchair sports. People who use wheelchairs Not limited to a target area