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Welcome to the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities

Welcome to the Commission on Disabilities webpage. We hope that you will find it to be an indispensable resource in meeting your informational needs. As you experience this website, you will find valuable links intended to support you in acquiring the information and assistance you are seeking. After you have had the opportunity to visit our webpage, we hope that you will access the “contact us” feature listed above and provide us with constructive feedback that will enable us to further enhance our webpage. We invite you to learn more about the commission and how you can take part in serving the disability community of Los Angeles County. Thank you for visiting the Commission on Disabilities webpage.


Members of the Commission on Disabilities are appointed by the Board of Supervisors and represent each District for a nonconsecutive two year term. Our mission is to advise the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on a range of issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities and of actions they can take to achieve a barrier free County where people with disabilities have equal access to programs and services. Our Commission and Committees focus on issues of health, employment, education, transportation, access, and recreation. We also monitor the quality of municipal services, evaluate policy, and recommend improvements to existing laws.

We are especially proud of our Scholarship Programs that disperses financial scholarships to students with disabilities who are pursuing a higher education. Donations to the Bernard Siegel / Bill Tainter, Ernest T. Hamilton, Jr., Veteran and Ruben Anthony Rios, Art Scholarship Programs are tax deductible. We encourage your participation.

The Commission on Disabilities meets every third Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Meetings are held in room 374-A of the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration at 500 West Temple Street in Downtown Los Angeles, California 90012. The public is welcome to attend.

Special Announcement


Bernard Siegel/Bill Tainter Memorial Scholarship Program is a program that offers graduating high school students with disabilities, a financial opportunity to become more independent and self-sufficient through higher education. This year the Program will offer five scholarship awards in the amount of $500 each.

Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to participate:

1. Students reside in the County of Los Angeles;

2. Students diagnosed with a learning or physical disability; and

3. Students with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better.

Additionally, the Ernest T. Hamilton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program is a program to honor the memory of former Commissioner Ernest T. Hamilton, Jr., a disabled veteran of the Armed Forces and a life long advocate for the disabled community, who passed away in July 2007. The Commission will present one veteran who is pursuing higher education with a $500 scholarship award.

Veterans pursuing higher education, regardless of age, and meet the following criteria are encouraged to participate.

1. Veterans who have a disability or disabilities;

2. Have been discharged from the Armed Forces of the United States under honorable

conditions; and

3. Possess a valid DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty

(DD214), or any other official document(s) issued by the branch of service.

Applications and more information about each Program can be accessed and completed by participant(s) through the Commission on Disabilities website at: www.laccod.org. The deadline to submit an application is May 8, 2015.

Please launch the following the links to access the criteria and applications:

Bernard Siegel/Bill Tainter Memorial Scholarship Program Application

Ernest T. Hamilton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program Application