Services for People with Disabilities
Programs and Services
The Employment Development Department (EDD) is committed to enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Through the America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC), the EDD provides universal access for services, ensuring that all job applicants with disabilities receive equal employment opportunities as any candidate. The EDD also provides assistance to job seekers with disabilities who need additional services to become qualified for employment including referrals to job openings or training, vocational counseling, job search assistance and workshops, testing, and referrals to supportive services in the community.
Employment Opportunity Programs
The Employment Development Department (EDD) proudly administers two federally-funded programs designed to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities: Disability Employment Accelerator and the Disability Employment Initiative.
Disability Employment Accelerator
The Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) focuses on partnerships between the America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM locations and the business community to recognize the skills and abilities which meet the needs of California employers and accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for individuals with disabilities. The DEA program focuses on creating connections and engaging businesses to develop strategies for people with disabilities to become professionally successful. The DEA’s goal is to fund “ground up” solutions to some of the most difficult challenges that are keeping people with disabilities from achieving success in jobs and careers.
Disability Employment Initiative
The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) partners with employers to provide services to individuals with disabilities to place them on the path to permanent-secure jobs. The DEI goals are:
- To improve educational, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.
- To help individuals with disabilities find a path into the middle class through exemplary and model service delivery by the public workforce system.
Disability Resource Coordinators in California
Eight California Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Areas) have Disability Resource Coordinators (DRC) to coordinate training and education for staff, organize and facilitate collaborations with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as non-local areas and organizations. The DRC develops strategies to create systemic change to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. They are located in the following Local Areas:
- City of Los Angeles
- Golden Sierra
- Madera County
- Merced County
- San Francisco
- Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
- Southeast Los Angeles County (SELACO)
- Verdugo Job Center
Disability Resource Coordinator
Business and Employment Specialist
Golden Sierra Job Training Agency
Kasia has worked in the Education/Training and Workforce Development field for over ten years, where she learned that most individuals with disabilities who contact the job center have already done a lot of thinking about a return to work plan. They are seeking someone who is able to help them strategically move forward with their goals as well as someone who is willing to listen to their hopes and fears.
Kasia relies on her relationships with staff within her agency and other agencies to provide additional resources and support. She builds partnerships with the people who receive individualized career services. She explores and researches specific opportunities to achieve the next level in the job seeker’s plan. Each success is a pathway to employment. Kasia appreciates striving toward the goal of employing people with disabilities because she knows that she is helping those who want to change their lives by working and contributing to society.
Disability Resource Coordinator
Case Manager and Employment Network Program Coordinator
Verdugo Job Center
During the course of the Disability Employment Initiative project, Alana Theard and the Verdugo Job Center staff worked with six autistic students from the Exceptional Minds School in Sherman Oaks, CA. These students had no prior work experience to compete for post-production jobs in the film industry. The Verdugo Job Center developed an on-the-job training (OJT) program to help the students utilize their existing skills in visual effects, graphics, animation, stereo conversion, and title work. Upon finishing the OJT program, the students worked on major Hollywood films such as The Avengers, Age of Ultron, Ant Man, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
CalJOBSSM is California’s online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate the state’s workforce services by providing comprehensive employment and labor market information for the State of California:
With CalJOBSSM job seekers can:
- Create and upload multiple versions of their résumé tailored to specific jobs or career paths.
- Customize job searches.
- Receive notifications of new job openings via text messages and/or e-mail.
- Search and apply for jobs from an Android or Apple mobile device via the CalJOBSSM mobile app.
By using CalJOBSSM, employers can:
- Keep their employee search organized.
- Expand their search to find good candidates for their companies.
- Contact potential job candidates or receive applications directly through the system.
There are no fees to use this service and it is available to employers and job seekers seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
- Toolbox for Job Seekers
This provides job seekers with more information about EDD services.
- EDD Employer Information page
Find EDD services tailored to businesses in search of qualified workers.
- Youth Leadership Program (YLF)
The California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities is designed to build leadership skills and promote career preparation for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities.
- Disability Insurance
If you are unable to work due to a non-work related illness, injury, or pregnancy, you may be eligible for short-term disability insurance benefits. Visit the How to File a Disability Insurance Claim page for more information.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program
The DHH Workforce Services Sites and the AJCC provide interpretive, job placement, and follow-up services to help you find a job. For additional information, contact EDD by using the TTY toll free numbers, which will put you in direct contact with a representative for the following programs:
- Disability Insurance: (TTY) 1-800-563-2441
- Employment Tax: (TTY) 1-800-547-9565
- Paid Family Leave: (TTY) 1-800-445-1312
- Unemployment Insurance (TTY) 1-800-815-9387
- Department of Rehabilitation (DOR)
DOR works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.
- Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work Program and Work Incentives Improvement Act assists and encourages recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to prepare for and enter into employment. The program provides Social Security disability beneficiaries the choices, opportunities, and support needed to become and stay employed, increase their earnings, and eventually leave and remain off of benefits by being fully self-supportive.
- Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP)
LEAP is an alternate selection process designed to facilitate the recruitment and hiring of persons with disabilities, and to provide them with an alternative way to demonstrate their qualifications for employment than the traditional state civil service examining process.
- Talent Knows No Limits (TKNL)
TKNL statewide campaign utilizes print, online, and video media to inspire employers, service providers, and job seekers with disabilities to take action by seeking out information and resources. The TKNL website serves as an information clearinghouse with resources of supporting employment of individuals with disabilities and free online trainings for service providers, job seekers with disabilities, and employers.
- Disability Benefits 101 (DB 101)
DB 101 provides tools and information for workers, job seekers, and service providers to understand the connections between work and benefits. DB 101 brings together rules for health coverage, benefit, and employment programs that people with disabilities use.
- California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
This is a policy committee established in California statute to advance the employment of people with disabilities in the state. If you have input or ideas on how to improve services for people with disabilities in California, please e-mail the committee at CCEPD@dor.ca.gov or call 1-855-894-3436.
A federal website featuring disability-related resources on program, services, laws, and regulations to help people with disabilities lead full, independent lives.
- Careers in California Government
A website is designed for all job seekers interested in a career in state government.