Access Barrier (Access Irvine)
If you encounter any kind of accessibility barrier during your travels about town be sure to report the information to the Office of Disability Services. An accessibility barrier may include, but is not limited to, inaccessible restaurants or businesses, broken pedestrian signals, and inaccessible curb-cuts.
A report will be taken and forwarded to the governing City Department for investigation and remediation. For more information regarding Access Irvine or to file a report, call (949) 724-6637. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Accessible and Affordable Housing
The City of Irvine offers several affordable and accessible housing options within the City.
In addition, the Irvine Company Apartment Communities offers the Apartment Information Center. I. A. C. can locate apartments within Irvine that have been modified for persons with disabilities, as well as income-restricted units. The Center is located at 17625-B Harvard Avenue and can be reached at 1-800-IAC-5115. Please note the City of Irvine does not place tenants in units, maintain a waiting list or maintain City-owned rental properties. To receive additional information, contact Disability Services at (949) 724-6637. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Click Here for a Link to Affordable Housing Options
Activities and Events for Persons With Disabilities
The City of Irvine’s Disability Services provides a variety of events and excursions for youth and adults with disabilities. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to Irvine Residents. Events fill quickly and waiting lists are common. Payment is due before the event and registration for all events (excluding dances) is required.
If you wish to receive more information regarding the City’s events for persons with disabilities, register for an event or be added to the event mailing list, call (949) 724-6637. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was written to protect the rights of people with disabilities and to prohibit discrimination in employment, transportation, government services, public facilities and education.
Are you covered under ADA? Ask yourself the following: Do you have a medical, physical or mental impairment that is serious enough to affect one or more of your major life activities such as walking, talking, thinking or speaking? Do you have a medical, developmental, or "hidden" disability such as cancer, heart disease or epilepsy? Do you have a record of having a disability in the past, even though you have recovered? Do you feel you are discriminated against because you have a disfiguration even though it does not limit your activities? Are you a family member of someone with a disability?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your rights are protected under the ADA. For more general information about ADA, go to www.usdoj.gov or call the Department of Justice at (800) 514-0301 (TTY 1-800-514-0383). .
The City of Irvine Disability Services provides information and support services to people with disabilities who live or work in Irvine. Services include social/ recreational opportunities for young adults with disabilities, community awareness events, information and referral services, quarterly newsletter, classes and much more. For more information, click on our website www.irvinedisabilityservices.org or call (949) 724-6637. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Disability-Related Accommodations for City Meetings and Activities
If you wish to attend a meeting of the City Council or any City Commission and want to request a disability-related accommodation such as a sign language interpreter, or if you require printed materials in an alternate format, please call the City Clerk's Office at least 48 hours in advance at (949) 724-6205. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays.
If you wish to attend any other public meeting or activity sponsored by the City of Irvine and want to request a disability-related accommodation, call Disability Services at (949) 724-6637 at least 3 business days in advance so that appropriate accommodations may be made. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on alternate Fridays. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Home Meals Program for Persons with Disabilities
The City of Irvine’s Home Meals Program was designed to respond to the needs of Irvine residents by providing home delivered, nutritionally balanced meals to residents who are permanently or temporarily disabled.
To be eligible, you must be an Irvine resident, 60 years of age or younger, have a physical, cognitive or medical disability that is either permanent or temporary, must be unable to prepare meals or obtain meals due to a disability and your physician must verify your disability along with your need for the Home Meals Program.
The cost for meals is $5.50 per day which includes: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meals are delivered between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To obtain more information or to request a Home Meals application, contact Disability Services at (949) 724-6637 or TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Homebound Nursing and Assistance
The Community Services Outreach Department coordinates nursing, therapy, and assistance to homebound or health impaired citizens who are not able to leave home without assistance or are prescribed a skilled nursing or physical therapy service by their physician. Some of the many services available include:
- Social visitations to homebound residents by staff and volunteers who are also trained to observe and report signs that a citizen may need assistance;
- Meals on Wheels programs that deliver hot meals 5 days a week at home for a small fee;
- Protection services through security watches and protective shelters that shield senior citizens from the danger of abuse, neglect, or exploitation;
- Home health nursing aides who can assist with medication, treatments, baths, grooming care, bed transfer, and other nursing aide duties, as well as handle light housekeeping, shopping, and meal preparation;
- Physical therapists who can provide physician-directed therapy and care to patients who cannot reach a hospital or medical center
Fees for these services vary and are determined by income. Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance programs may pay for these services, which recipients and their families can request. For more information, contact the Outreach office located at 20 Lake Road, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at (949) 724-6926. .
Irvine Residents With Disabilities Advisory Board
The Irvine City Council created the Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board to advise the Council on all matters pertaining to people with disabilities in Irvine, and their needs as a group. The Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 p m at the Civic Center, located at One Civic Center Plaza. To request a disability-related accommodation, please call Disability Services at least three business days in advance of the Advisory Board meeting at (949) 724-6637. Hearing impaired callers may call the TTY line at (949) 724-6607.
Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board Speaker's Bureau
The Irvine Residents with Disabilities Advisory Board offers its Speakers' Bureau to the public. The primary goal of the service is to educate the public about issues that affect, and challenges that face, individuals with disabillities. The Speakers' Bureau is made up of members from the Advisory Board, many of whom have disabilities, or have a family member with a disability. The speakers are FREE and their presentations are tailored to meet your group's interests and needs. Topics of interest may include:
- Living with a disability-a personal perspective.
- Disability Etiquette-"How to interact with a person with a disability."
- The benefits of hiring employees with disabilities.
- Disability- related services offered through the City of Irvine.
If you, your group, or your business is interested in organizing a presentation from the IRDAB Speakers' Bureau or require any additional information, call (949) 724-6637. Complete the Request for Speaker form at www.irvinedisabilityservices.org. TTY users may call (949) 724-6607.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a home-delivered hot meal service for elderly and disabled citizens who are unable to cook for themselves. The delivery times and costs will vary. For information please contact Meals on Wheels at: (949) 724-6910.
Special Olympics Southern California - Orange County offers year-round sports programs and competitions for athletes countywide.
The Orange County program not only provides people with intellectual disabilities with physical fitness and athletic competition, but also provides social interaction, community involvement, and a setting to showcase their talents.
For information regarding Special Olympics Southern California-Orange County, contact them at 550 N. Parkcenter Drive, Suite 102, Santa Ana, CA 92705. Their phone number is (714) 564-8374, or visit their web site:
Special Olympics Southern California - Orange County Web site Link
State Disability/Insurance Claims
The City of Irvine does not process State Disability Insurance Claims. If you need to file for Disability benefits or have a disability claim-related question, please visit the State of California, Employment Development Department's website at: www.edd.ca.gov or call SDI representatives at 1-800-480-3287. When calling via the California Relay Service (711), please provide the State Disability Insurance number (1-800-480-3287) to the operator.
Transit Services for Adults with Disabilities - TRIPS
In addition to regular public transportation, the Community Services TRIPS Program is the City's low cost, door-to-door transportation for Irvine residents (18+) who are unable to drive due to a permanent physical and/or cognitive disability. Registration and Eligibility Determination Required. The program currently has a registration processing period of up to 2 weeks for services that include: medical appointments, work, school, social, etc. Call for the availability of grocery shopping and senior center Shuttle Services. Vehicles are wheelchair accessible. For more information of services, contact the TRIPS office Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-2p.m. at 949-724-7433.