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), formerly known as One-Stop Career Centers system, EDD provides universal access for service, ensuring that all job applicants with disabilities receive employment opportunities equal to those of other job applicants. Assistance is also provided to job seekers with disabilities who need additional services to become qualified for employment. Services for people with disabilities include, but are not limited to, referrals to job openings or training, vocational counseling, job search assistance and workshops, testing, and referrals to supportive services in the community.
CalJOBSSM is a newly redesigned online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate California’s workforce services by providing employment and labor market information for the State of California.
Benefits of the New 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.
- Keep their employee search organized.
- Expand their search to find good candidates for their companies.
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.
Department of Rehabilitation
The Department of Rehabilitation works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities.
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
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.
Ticket to Work Program
The Ticket to Work Program and Work Incentives Improvement Act were signed into law by President Clinton to assist and encourage 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.
Veterans Services Program
The Veterans Services Program assists veterans and their eligible spouses maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to many resources designed to help in their job search and those with disabilities receive the highest priority in all employment services.
Youth Leadership Program (YLF)
The Youth Leadership Program (YLF) is designed to build leadership skills and promote career preparation for youth with disabilities. The California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities is a five-day leadership development program specifically for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities.
Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP)
The Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEOP) provides services to youth, ages 15 through 25, to assist them in achieving their educational and vocational goals. The program emphasizes education, assessment, and peer advising. The YEOP Specialists assist youth in attaining their goals through a variety of services: peer advising, referrals to supportive services, job referrals and placement, workshops and training.
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)
Through the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), California partners with employers to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 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 these individuals with disabilities find a path into the middle class through exemplary and model service delivery by the public workforce system
Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP)
The Limited Examination and Appointment Program (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. The information below provides more details about the program.
Talent Knows No Limits (TKNL)
The Talent Knows No Limits (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)
Disability Benefits 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
The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities 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.
Disability.gov is 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
The Careers in California Government website is designed for all job seekers interested in career in state government.