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Services for Patrons with Reduced Mobility

AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS SERVING PEOPLE WITH GROUP C DISABILITIES

Torrance:

Adult Basic Learning Environment, H17309
2424 Sepulveda Blvd., Suite G
Torrance, CA 90501
Voice: (310) 539-3152
Fax:(310) 539-3273
Internet web site: http://www.hddf.com/resource/areaprog.htm

Serves 45 ambulatory and non-ambulatory consumers in the severe to moderate functioning range. Will accept behaviorally challenged. Emphasis on community integration. May be able to provide transportation services on a limited basis.

Dial-A-Lift
3510 Fashion Way
Torrance CA 90503
Voice: (310) 792-0560
Fax: (310) 792-0686
Internet web site: http://www.ci.torrance.ca.us/city/dept/transit/dial_a_ride.html
To determine eligibility (Torrance): 310-618-2536

After registering, the ambulatory disabled may use the Senior Ride program.

Easter Seal Society - Torrance
3625 Del Amo Blvd., #110
Torrance, CA 90504
Voice: 310-542-2148
Fax: (310) 542-0048

Easter Seals provides services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families.

El Camino Community College
Special Resource Center
16007 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506
Voice: (310) 660-3251
Internet web site: http://www.elcamino.cc.ca.us/SRC/table.html Contact: Kate Bely

Serves physically handicapped, learning and sensory disability.

Focal Point on Aging
Bartlett Senior Center
1339 Post Avenue
Torrance CA 90501
Voice: 310-320-5918
Fax: 310-320-8523
Internet web site: http://www.tprd.torrnet.com/seniors/focalpt.htm

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 3 PM, Friday 9 AM - noon; please call before visiting.

Focal Point is a volunteer organization providing seniors and their caregivers with free information on items such as housing, in-home services, transportation, legal advice, Medicare, and social activities. It coordinates and links seniors with appropriate services.

Harbor Developmental Disabilities Foundation
21231 Hawthorne Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90503
Voice: (310) 540-1711 or (310) 543-0630
Fax: (310) 540-9538
Contact Patricia Del Monico, Executive Director
Internet web site http://www.hddf.com

The Harbor Regional Center is a private, not-for-profit corporation contracting with the State of California for the provision of services to persons with developmental disabilities pursuant to the Lanterman Act. Clients and families live in the Torrance, Harbor, Bellflower, and Long Beach health districts of Los Angeles County.

RVL S.C.O.R.E
722 W. 223rd St., Unit 2
Torrance, California 90502
E-mail: info@rvlscore.org
Internet web site: http://www.rvlscore.org/index2.html

The Robbie Vierra-Lambert Spinal Cord Organization for Regaining Excellence (RVL S.C.O.R.E.) is a volunteer organization of people whose lives have been touched by spinal cord injuries. Its purpose is to assist paralyzed individuals toward independent lives through the sharing of information. The goals are to create programs that help newly-injured individuals re-integrate into their communities, maintain an information network that will provide answers to practical questions, as well as keeping paralyzed individuals' bodies ready for "The Cure". RVL S.C.O.R.E. is a charity project of the Christian Community Foundation NPO # 751750059

The Salvation Army Adult Day Care Center
4223 Emerald Street
Torrance CA 90503
Voice: 310-370-4515
Fax: 310-370-8835
Internet web site: http://www.aut.com/salvation/daycare.html
Contact: Royalene Fernandez, Adult Day Care Director

Monday through Friday 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Program offered in a warm, caring environment with activities designed to stretch participants mentally, socially and physically. Accepts Alzheimer patients or patients with any form of dementia as well as those with stroke, Parkinson's, etc. All forms of dementia; everyone welcome. Lunch and two snacks provided during day. Cost: $50 one-time registration fee, plus $6/hour - 4 hour minimum; additional fee of $6/day for incontinent. Sliding scale fees and scholarships are also available. Free pick-up and take home for participants. Caregivers meeting held the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 PM. Staff member is on hand during meeting to entertain loved ones. Ongoing Safe Return registration offered at program.

Social Security Administration
Work Incentive Specialist
22600 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
Ms. Joy Tsuhako
Voice: 310-326-0025, ext. 216
E-mail: joy.tsuhako@ssa.gov

South Bay Post Polio Support Group
McMaster Park Recreation Center
3624 W. Artesia Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90504
Internet web site: http://www.ci.torrance.ca.us/city/councils/comserv/disabled/postpoli.htm

Invites all people who have had polio, with their families and friends, to attend meetings. Many people who had "infantile paralysis" are now experiencing the late effects of polio. This recurrence of symptoms after many active and pain-free years has baffled both them and their physicians. Our support group will help you understand PPS and develop new coping strategies for living as fully as possible. Through lectures given by medical professionals and through the "rap sessions" with other polio survivors, you will gain strength, knowledge and friendship. Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.

South Bay Senior Services
3246 W. Sepulveda Blvd., Ste. 201
Torrance CA 90505
Voice: 310-325-2141
Fax: (310) 325-5408
Internet web site: http://www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us/commres/organizations/South_Bay_Senior_Services.html
Contact: Susan Force/Debbie Levan Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

All of our services are offered free of charge in a professional and confidential manner. We are partially funded by Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging through the American Act of 1965 as amended and City of Manhattan Beach Community Development Block Grant.

Eligibility: 60 years or older who are residents of Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills and Torrance are eligible for all services. Residents of Lawndale and Long Beach are eligible for In-Home Services registry.

Case Management: Home-based needs assessments, which help you to remain in your home, links you to supportive services, and provides follow up and advocacy.

In-Home Services Registry: Assists in finding help with light housekeeping, shopping, and meal preparation. Provides follow-up and maintains a current listing of screened, qualified workers.

Tele A Care: Helps overcome loneliness, provides regular telephone calls from caring volunteers, expands your support systems, and offers friendly conversation with someone of your age and experience.

Information and Referral: Answers questions and social services, provides linkage with health care services, connects you with counseling, financial and/or legal assistance.
Our pledge: To serve the seniors of our community. Our focus: The frail elderly

Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SCROC)
2300 Crenshaw
Torrance, CA 90501
Voice: (310) 224-4200
Internet web site: http://www.scroc.com/

Southern California Regional Occupational Center is a vocational training facility which represents the cooperative efforts of seven school districts. Our purpose is to provide entry-level and advanced job training and employment assistance for high school students (from both public and private schools) and adults in the South Bay and surrounding communities.
Training at SCROC replicates actual industry standards. SCROC courses are open to all high school juniors and seniors, persons 16 years of age or older and adults.

Workforce Investment Network
Torrance One-Stop Career Center
1220 Engracia Ave., Torrance, CA 90501
Voice: (310) 782-3200
Internet web site: http://www.careerzone.torrnet.com/
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Late hours: 8am-8pm, Tuesday only

Workforce Investment Network (WiN) is a dynamic partnership (link to Partners) of private and public resources providing job search, career training and career development services. In July 2002, received a grant from the state EDD to improve access to services for persons with disabilities.

Greater South Bay and Los Angeles:

Access Services
General Information
PO Box 71684
Los Angeles, CA 90071-0684
Voice: (800) 827-0829
Internet web site: http://www.asila.org/

The primary mission of Access Services is to provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandated paratransit services for people with disabilities who are unable to use public fixed route transportation systems and to coordinate various paratransit operators within Los Angeles County to provide efficient and cost effective paratransit services.

Brighter Outlook (SCLARC)
2206 Gladwick
Dominguez, CA 90220
Voice: (310) 631-2070
Contact: Barbara Shahwan

Serves individuals who are non-ambulatory and require intensive support for self-help skills and who require less support for activities of daily living as compared to those individuals served at the Signal Hill location. Ratio 1 to 3.

Canyon Verde College, H17341
2761 190th St.
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Voice: (310) 371-7721
E-mail: Nancy.Langdon@CanyonVerde.com
Internet web site: http://www.palosverdes.com/cvc/ Contact: Nancy Langdon, Executive Directory; or Pam Ryan, Program Director

Both Canyon Verde programs offer computer skills training, volunteer experience, music, art, cooking, community integration, gardening and more.

Department of Rehabilitation
15901 Hawthorne Blvd., #110
Lawndale, CA 90260
Voice: (310) 793-1157
Internet web site: http://www.rehab.cahwnet.gov/eps/southern.htm
Contact: Linda Hori or Lynn Hashimoto-Campbell

Definition: Funded through the California State Department of Rehabilitation, Habilitation Section. Referrals generated by Regional Center Counselor and approved for funding by local Habilitation Specialist. Work activity constitutes more than 50% of program time, with goal of employment in the community (either supported work or competitive employment). Program may also include adult basic skills education, e.g. functional reading.

Living Independently in Los Angeles - LILA
Voice: (310) 390-3611 x239
E-mail: john@wcil.org
Internet web site: http://lila.ucla.edu/index.htm
Contact: John Whitbread, Western Center for Independent Living

LILA is a consumer-directed and regionally focused online project to benefit people with disabilities living in Los Angeles County. LILA uses a GIS-based (Geographic Information Systems - a map formatting tool), interactive information resource database, created by local residents with disabilities using their personal "expert knowledge" to identify and map local independent living resources.

Microsoft Accesibility Resource Centers - California
Computer Access Center
6234 W. 87th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Voice: 310-338-1597
E-mail: info@cac.org
Internet web site:
www.microsoft.com/enable/centers/california.aspx

26 Microsoft Accessibility Resource Centers are now available throughout the U.S. to show you what's possible with accessible technology solutions available on today's computers. Whether you have reduced eyesight, wrist/arm discomfort, or hearing loss, these centers can show you accessibility options and assistive technology products that can add to your computer skill and proficiency.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association
3605 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 226
Long Beach CA 90805
Voice: (562) 490-0046
Fax: (562) 426-1941
Internet web site: http://www.mdausa.org/
Contact: Amy Bailey, Prog. Svcs. Coord. (562) 490-0046
Office hours: M-F, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Since 1950, The Muscular Dystrophy Association has provided the greater Los Angeles area with the most comprehensive services program of any voluntary health agency in the country. From its Burbank, Santa Monica and Long Beach offices, MDA serves Los Angeles County. Adults and children affected by any of 40 neuromuscular diseases, and their families, benefit from an array of services, research and other programs. For more information, contact Amy Bailey in the Long Beach office at 562-490-0046.

Westside Center for Independent Living
12901 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90066
Voice: 310-390-3611
Fax: 310-390-4906
E-mail: HATPROGRAM@EARTHLINK.NET
Internet web site: http://www.wcil.org/
Contact: David Serbin, ext. 205
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

South Bay Office:
Bartlett Senior Center
1318 Cravens Avenue
Torrance CA 90501
Voice: (310) 320-5918

Services to people with disabilities, including:
1. Benefits advocacy (help with SSI appeals, Medi-(a), IHSS, etc.)
2. Peer counseling
3. Housing advocacy
4. Computer training project
5. Linkages case management
6. Independent living skills
7. Attendant registry
8. Hispanic employment services
9. CAP advocacy (with Department of Rehabilitation)

Spanish, French, Hebrew and Korean spoken. Will come to home of people with disabilities or homebound seniors to assess needs and refer to community resources.