Services for People with Disabilities

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Programs and Services

The 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, making sure 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. These services include 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 EDD proudly administers two federally-funded programs designed to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities: Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) and the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI).

Disability Employment Accelerator

The DEA focuses on partnerships between the AJCC locations and the business community to recognize the skills and abilities that meet the needs of California employers and accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for people 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 DEI partners with employers to provide services to people with disabilities to place them on the path to permanent, secure jobs and career pathways. The DEI goals are to:

  • Improve educational, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.
  • Increase the number of people with disabilities who earn credentials.
  • Provide more and diversified job-driven training opportunities.
  • Incorporate flexible approaches to designing and providing training and supportive services, including customized employment strategies to help job seekers with significant disabilities.
  • Build effective community partnerships across multiple service delivery systems and alternative funding strategies.
  • Promote more active engagement with the business sector.

Disability Resource Coordinators in California

Under the current DEA and DEI, there are 15 organizations that 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. These organizations are:


CalJOBS 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:

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 email.
  • Search and apply for jobs from an Android or Apple mobile device via the CalJOBS mobile app.

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 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

EDD Resources

  • 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 Forum: This 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 (DI) benefits. Visit the Options to File for 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 Sites and the AJCC provide interpretive, job placement, and follow-up services to help you find a job. For more 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

Additional Resources

  • 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 people 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 people 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 for supporting employment of people 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 email the committee at 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 designed for all job seekers interested in a career in state government.