Services for People with Disabilities
The EDD enhances employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Through the America’s Job Center of CaliforniaSM (AJCC), the EDD provides universal access to services, making sure that all job applicants with disabilities receive equal employment opportunities.
The EDD also helps job seekers with disabilities who need additional services become qualified for employment. These services include referrals to job openings or training, career counseling, job search assistance and workshops, testing, and referrals to supportive services in the community.
Disability Employment Accelerator Program
The EDD administers the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) program designed to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The DEA program funds projects to accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for people with disabilities. Program goals include:
- Creating partnerships between the AJCC locations and businesses to recognize the skills of people with disabilities that meet the needs of employers.
- Engaging businesses to develop strategies and funding “ground-up” solutions to help people with disabilities achieve professional success
Disability Resource Coordinators
Under the DEA program, 12 organizations have Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs). DRCs coordinate training and education for staff. They also organize and facilitate collaborations with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as non-local areas and organizations. DRCs develop strategies to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. These organizations are:
- Able-Disabled Advocacy, Inc.
- Employer’s Training Resource
- GoldenSierra Job Training Agency
- JVS SoCal
- Madera County Workforce Investment Board
- Managed Career Solutions
- North Central Counties Consortium
- Sacramento Employment and Training Agency
- Workforce Development Board of Solano County
- Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board
- Workforce Investment Board of Tulare County
- Verdugo Workforce Development Board
CalJOBS is California’s online resource to help job seekers and employers navigate the state’s workforce services. CalJOBS provides comprehensive employment and labor market information.
Job seekers can:
- Create and upload multiple versions of their resume for specific jobs or career paths.
- Customize job searches.
- Receive notifications of new job openings through text messages and/or email.
- Search and apply for jobs from an Android or Apple mobile device using CalJOBS mobile app.
- Keep their employee search organized.
- Expand their search to find good candidates.
- Contact potential job candidates or receive applications through the system.
There are no fees to use this service, and it is available to employers and job seekers 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
- Toolbox for Job Seekers: Provides job seekers with information about EDD services.
- Employer Information: EDD services for businesses looking for qualified workers.
- Youth Leadership Forum: to build leadership skills and promote careerpreparation for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities.
- Disability Insurance: People unable to work due to a non-work related illness, injury, or pregnancy may be eligible for short-term Disability Insurance benefits. Visit Options to File for Disability Insurance (DI) Benefits and Options to File for Paid Family Leave (PFL) Benefits for more information.
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Program: The DHH Workforce Services locations and the AJCC provide interpretive, job placement, and follow-up services for people looking for a job. For more information, contact the EDD by using the following TTY toll-free numbers:
- Disability Insurance: 1-800-563-2441
- Employment Tax: 1-800-547-9565
- Paid Family Leave: 1-800-445-1312
- Unemployment Insurance 1-800-815-9387
- 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. Email CCEPD@dor.ca.gov or call 1-855-894-3436 to provide input or ideas on how to improve services for people with disabilities in California.
- Careers in California Government: A website designed for all job seekers interested in a career in state government.
- Department of Rehabilitation (DOR): DOR works with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for people with disabilities.
- 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.
- Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP): LEAP is an alternate selection process for employment with the State of California. It facilitates the recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities, and provides 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 uses 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 features resources for supporting employment of people with disabilities and free online trainings for service providers, job seekers with disabilities, and employers.
- Ticket to Work Program: The Ticket to Work Program and Work Incentives Improvement Act assists and encourages recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income 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 leave and remain off benefits by being fully self-supportive.