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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

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:

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:

Meet some of our Disability Resource Coordinators and read their stories:
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Kasia DeMauri
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.

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Alana Theard
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:

By using CalJOBSSM, employers can:

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.

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