Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center will continue to operate during the “Safer at Home” order in place for Los Angeles County.  The ELARC office buildings will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. Our main number is (626) 299-4700. The best way to reach your Service Coordinator is by email or phone, view the staff phone list here.  We want you to stay safe and be well. Additional information is available at ELARC/COVID-19.

Grant Programs & Surveys/Studies

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ONGOING: Aidan's Red Envelope Grant Program for ChildrenAidan's Red Envelope Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help families of children with disabilities and organizations serving disabled children, through its grant program. 

ONGOING: United Healthcare Medical Grants Available for Children. The UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation is seeking grant applications from families in need of financial assistance for their child's health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or not fully covered, by their commercial health insurance plan. Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child. Children must be ages 16 or younger, and families must meet economic and have a commercial health insurance plan. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants. There is no application deadline.

ONGOING: Educational Funding. If you have an intellectual disability, you may receive funding from the Federal Pell GrantFederal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs: read more here.



Surveys & Studies:

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ONGOING: Paid Family and Medical Leave and Disability Study.  The goal of the study is to look at how workers with disabilities and families that include people with disabilities use, need, and can benefit from paid family and medical leave programs. These are programs that allow people to take time off from work and receive full or partial pay to welcome a new child or new baby, to address their own serious medical condition, or to care for a family member experiencing a serious medical condition. The study will involve an initial screening call or email, and, if eligible, an interview by video conferencing or phone that will take approximately 40 minutes. Participants who complete the interview will receive a $20 gift card in thanks. For full details, please visit their website. 

ONGOING: Participate in the Statewide Survey on Housing for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Your voice matters! Your answers to this survey will help the Lanterman Housing Alliance craft a statewide strategic framework that will be used by policymakers, service providers, and housing developers to better create affordable housing opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Take the survey here.

ONGOING: Researchers at Stanford University are looking for participants in their study of brain development in relation to behavior, cognition, and mood in girls. This study is an NIH-funded research project aimed to increase our understanding of the brain during a critical time of a child’s growth. Information learned from this research can ultimately contribute to an increased understanding of learning, behavior, and emotion facilitating the development of intervention services/therapies. Families who are eligible to participate will receive a $100.00 honorarium, plus all lodging and travel expenses will be covered. View their flyer for complete details (Learning/Behavior challenges. View the flyer for developmental disabilities.

ONGOING:  The Pacific ADA Center is seeking individuals who have been in a nursing home or other institution and have with in the past 5 years moved to living in the community for a study.  View the flyer. In this study, the Pacific ADA Center would like to identify and analyze participation disparities among people with disabilities at individual, community, and population level. Participants will be asked to take part of an approximately 90-minute interview that includes questions about their experience with barriers and supports to community living and/or transition into the community.

ONGOING: Robotics Study; Volunteers needed! Researchers at USC are recruiting families for a study that investigates the role of socially assistive robotics in the development of social and academic skills of children, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To find out who can participate and how, view the flyer here.

ONGOING: Seeking parents/foster parents, or group-home staff who support an adult with developmental disabilities to participate in an Abuse Risk Reduction Study. Compensation of $70.00 may be awarded to each participant. For more information, please view their flyer.

Please note that Posting of Grants, Surveys, and Studies is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to reflect an endorsement by the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC).

Depending on the nature of the study, IRB approvals are requested and held on record with ELARC