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Transit

Long Beach Circuit Micro-Transit ShuttleFree Micro-transit shuttle
The LB Circuit Micro-Transit Shuttle provides free transportation from: Downtown-Alamitos Bay and Alamitos Bay-Belmont Shore. ADA-accessible shuttles are available upon request through the Ride Circuit Mobile app. For more information, visit longbeach.gov/freelocalshuttle

AquaLink and AquaBus (Water Taxis)
The Long Beach AquaLink is a water taxi that brings passengers between Downtown Long Beach and the Alamitos Bay. Each departure dock (Dock 4 by the Aquarium, Queen Mary, and Alamitos Bay Landing, Berth 3) includes ramps at all stops, a hand-crank chairlift at Dock 4 by the Aquarium, and reserved space inside the Aqualink.

AquaLink and AquaBus (Water Taxis)The Long Beach AquaBus is a water taxi that provides passengers with a quick and scenic trip along Rainbow Harbor. Each departure dock (Dock 4 by the Aquarium, Shoreline Village, and the Queen Mary) includes ramps at all stops, a hand-crank chairlift at Dock 4 by the Aquarium, and accessibility at all points of pickup for the Aquabus. 

For more information on the AquaLink and AquaBus, visit ridelbt.com/watertaxis/.

Long Beach Dial-A-Lift
Long Beach Dial-A-Lift provides paratransit services for those with qualifying disabilities who are unable to access Long Beach Transit’s fixed-route bus system. Dial-A-Lift is a curb-to-curb transport system with ADA-compliant vehicles and drivers who are trained in the needs of persons with disabilities. 

For more information on Long Beach Dial-A-Lift, visit ridelbt.com/dial-a-lift/.

Access Paratransit
Access is the service name of the ADA Complementary Paratransit service for functionally disabled individuals in Los Angeles County. Access transportation service is available for any ADA paratransit eligible individual to any location within ¾ of a mile of any fixed bus operated by the Los Angeles County public fixed route bus operators and within ¾ of a mile around METRO Rail stations during the hours that the systems are operational.

For more information about the service please visit the Access Paratransit website.


ARISE Program Participants
Parks

A.R.I.S.E Programs (Stearns Park)
The Stearns Park Adaptive Recreation in a Special Environment (A.R.I.S.E) program is designed to provide opportunity for youth and adults to develop social and life skills, physical fitness, and build courage through recreational activities. 

For more information, visit longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs/arise-programs/.


Blue Access Mats
Beaches

Our beaches have additional resources which include supporting individuals with limited mobility to promote accessibility throughout our beaches and waterways.
We have rubberized wheelchair ramps leading from the bike path/sidewalk to the waterline at 1st Place, Granada Ave, and Marine Park. Additionally, there are 3 concrete ramps leading from the bike path to the waterline at 1st Place, Granada Ave, and Claremont Ave. Molibility mats can be found in Alamitos, Granada, and Mother's Beach near the lifeguard tower.

Sand WheelchairThe City also has sand wheelchairs available that are specially designed wheelchairs used to provide mobility for individuals on sandy beaches located at Lifeguard Headquarters, Marine Park Lifeguard Station, and Bayshore Leeway Sailing Center. These wheelchairs are equipped with large, wide wheels that prevent them from sinking into the sand, allowing users to navigate the beach more easily. They are typically made from durable materials that can withstand exposure to sand, saltwater, and other beach conditions.

There is a sand wheelchair located at Lifeguard Headquarters, Marine Park Lifeguard Station, and Bayshore Leeway Sailing Center. If you would like to request a sand wheelchair, call our Beach Operations line (562) 570-1360 in advance (ideally at least one hour) so we can have a beach unit drop a wheelchair at any of our oceanfront or stillwater areas from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

For more information visit longbeach.gov/fire/operations/marine-safety/beach-operations.


Health

Disability, Access, and Functional Needs (DAFN)
The DAFN unit is part of the Public Health Emergency Management Division. They engage community members and community-based organizations to receive feedback to improve the City’s public health emergency planning and response efforts. Learn more by visiting the DAFN web page or email HE-DAFN@longbeach.gov.

Sensory Area for Everyone (S.A.F.E.) Vehicle
The S.A.F.E vehicle is a mobile sensory relief room for community members who seek immediate comfort in high-stress or noisy environments such as emergency and community events.
 
For more information visit longbeach.gov/dafn.

Long Beach Memorial’s Family Resource Center
The Long Beach Memorial’s Family Resource Center provides support to parents and families raising children with special needs. Support includes informational books and videos, workshops and trainings, referrals to community agencies, parent-to-parent support, and more.  

For more information, visit millerchildrens.memorialcare.org/families-and-visitors/family-resources/family-resource-centers


Airport

The Long Beach Airport provides accessible parking, service animal relief areas, ADA accessible loading & unloading zones, accessible shuttles and taxis, accessible water fountains & restrooms in the airport, and security checkpoint screening assistance. Additionally, the airport offers services for travelers with special needs.

For more information, visit longbeach.gov/lgb/airlines-destinations/accessibility.


Education

LBUSD
To file an ADA Accommodation request, please visit lbschools.net/departments/human-resource-services/for-current-employees/ada-information.

To learn more about special education information at LBUSD, visit lbschools.net/departments/special-education/home.

LBUSD Special Education Community Action Committee  
The LBUSD Special Education Community Action Committee is open to teachers, parents, and community members who want to help students with exceptional needs obtain an appropriate, high-quality education. The group meets monthly on Wednesday at the Teacher Resource Center (1299 East 32nd Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755). Meetings start at 6pm. 

For more information, visit lbschools.net/departments/special-education/community-advisory-committee.

LBCC
Disabled Student Programs & Services is the designated office at LBCC that coordinates academic adjustments for students with qualifying disabilities. To learn more or register as a DSPS student, visit lbcc.edu/disabled-student-services.

CSULB 
The Bob Murphy Access Center at CSULB assists students with disabilities to ensure they are provided an equitable, high-quality college education. 

To learn more about the Bob Murphy Access Center or wish to apply as BMAC student, visit csulb.edu/student-affairs/bob-murphy-access-center.

CSUDH  
The CSUDH Student disAbility Resource Center prioritizes making sure students with disabilites have full access to the university’s educational, recreational, and physical fitness programs. To learn more or register a student with the Student disAbility Resource Center, visit https://www.csudh.edu/sdrc/. 


Library

Center for Adaptive Technology (CAT)
The Center for Adaptive Technology at the Billie Jean King Library supports those with physical, visual, hearing, and developmental disabilities. The center provides adaptive hardware and software, library materials, and library staff to assist with technology and provide support.

For more information, visit longbeach.gov/library/learn/center-for-adaptive-technology.


Regional Resources

Disabled Resources Center, visit drcinc.org/ for more information.

Harbor Regional Center, visit harborrc.org/ for more information.

Mental Health America of Los Angeles, visit mhala.org/ for more information.

CalFresh and SSI EBT, visit calfresh.dss.ca.gov/food/home/ssi-and-calfresh for more information.


ADA Policies

The City of Long Beach is committed to complying with both the intent and spirit of the ADA. For more information, visit longbeach.gov/citymanager/ada/.


Get Involved

Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Disability (CACOD)
The CACOD advises the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager on issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities in Long Beach. The 9-person committee meets on the second Thursday of each month in the City Hall City Council Chambers at 1:00 p.m.

For more information on the Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Disability, visit longbeach.gov/citymanager/ada/cacod