Services for People with Disabilities

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The Employment Development Department (EDD) enhances 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.

The EDD also helps job seekers with disabilities who need additional services to 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.

Employment Opportunity Programs

The EDD administers two federally funded programs designed to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities: the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) and the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) programs.

Disability Employment Accelerator

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 Employment Initiative

The DEI program partners with employers to provide services to people with disabilities that place them on pathways to permanent jobs and careers. Program goals include:

  • Improving education, training, employment opportunities, and outcomes for people with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.
  • Increasing the number of people with disabilities who earn credentials.
  • Providing more and diverse job-driven training opportunities.
  • Creating and providing flexible trainings and supportive services, including customized strategies to help job seekers with significant disabilities.
  • Building partnerships across multiple service delivery systems.
  • Building partnerships across alternative funding strategies.
  • Promoting active engagement with the business sector.

Disability Resource Coordinators

Under the current DEA and DEI programs, there are 15 organizations that have Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs). DRCs coordinate training and education for staff, and 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:

CalJOBSSM

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 résumé 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.

Employers can:

  • 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.

EDD Resources

Additional Resources

  • 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 is 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 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 of benefits by being fully self-supportive.