Disability Support | Actors Fund

Disability Support

We provide supportive services for entertainment professionals and their families when they are coping with a short- or long-term illness or disability.

Through our Disabled Care Program, our qualified social workers will develop plans personalized to your needs. Information and advocacy is available to help negotiate medical bills, coordinate public or private benefits, arrange for home care and facilitate referrals to community resources.

For those who are temporarily unable to work, the program coordinates public and private income support and other necessary services to sustain you through your recovery period until you can return to work.

If you are employed and the injury or illness is not job-related, you might be eligible for State Disability. An Actors Fund social worker will be able to discuss specific eligibility guidelines with you and help you apply.

For those with long-term or permanent disabilities, the program will connect you to housing, transportation, income supports, medical and other specialized services.

For those who are unable to travel, home and hospital visits are available whenever possible.

Eligibility

Any performing arts or entertainment professional may call on our Disabled Care Program for support, information or referrals to community agencies. 

Eligibility for financial assistance requires an application, documentation of your professional earnings and an interview and in general is based on:

  • A minimum of five years of industry paid employment with earnings of at least $6,500 for three out of the last five years, or
  • Twenty years of industry paid employment with a minimum of ten years of earnings of at least $5,000 for each of those years, and
  • Financial need

For Assistance, Please Contact:

We provide assistance nationally. Please contact our regional office closest to you.

New York City
Lynnell Herzer, LCSW
Supervisor of Seniors and the Disabled
212.221.7300, ext. 143
lherzer@actorsfund.org

Chicago
Steven Haught, LCPC
Director of Social Services
312.372.0989
shaught@actorsfund.org

Los Angeles
Jan Kees Van Der Gaag, LCSW
Supervisor, HIV/AIDS Initiative
323.933.9244, ext. 416
jvandergaag@actorsfund.org

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