California
This bill adds ex officio members to the Interagency Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship, including the Director of Rehabilitation and the Executive Director of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. The bill further establishes a subcommittee to address apprenticeship for the disabled community, to encourage greater participation for people with disabilities in apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
This bill requires each developmental disability regional center planning team to consider and provide information about the state's Employment First policy when developing an individual program plan for a transition-age youth or working-age adult. This includes providing options for integrated competitive employment and services and supports that can enable the participant to transition from school to work or obtain competitive integrated employment.
This bill establishes the Breaking Barriers to Employment Initiative, which creates a grant program to provide individuals who face barriers to employment (including disabilities) the services they need to enter, participate in, and complete broader workforce preparation, training, and education programs aligned with regional labor market needs.
This bill establishes the Aging and Disability Resource Connection program, which provides information to consumers with disabilities and their families on available long-term services and supports at the local level.
This bill makes several provisions to expand Family Empowerment Centers on Disability, which assist families of children and youth (ages 3-22) with disabilities by providing a wide range of services that include trainings, information, referrals and peer-to-peer support related to navigating supports and special education. This includes requiring the State Department of Education to award grants to applicants in regions that do not have a center and increasing the minimum base rate for each center.
This bill establishes an advisory committee to the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission. The purpose of the advisory committee is creating an early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention competitive selection process to, among other things, expand the provision of high-quality, evidence-based early psychosis and mood disorder detection and intervention services (including supported education and employment).
This bill requires county office of education personnel to work in collaboration with the county probation department and local education agencies to ensure specified transition activities are completed for youth in the juvenile justice system, and to facilitate the transfer of a pupil’s IEP (which identifies academic and career goals) when that pupil enters the juvenile court school.
This bill: 1. Requires the State Department of Developmental Services to increase service access and equity and reduce disparities in its Self-Determination Program (which gives participants and families greater choice in implementation of their individual program plan); 2. Establishes an Office of the Self-Determination Program Ombudsperson to assist consumers and their families in understanding their rights under the program; 3. Makes rate increases permanent for specified developmental services, including supported employment services; 4. Establishes incentive payments to service providers who help clients achieve certain employment outcomes (such as competitive integrated employment for a prescribed period of time); and 5. Requires the Department to establish a program to increase pathways to competitive integrated employment.
This bill authorizes the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to encourage and assist in the establishment or strengthening of self-advocacy organizations led by individuals with developmental disabilities.
This bill encourages community college districts and other entities participating in the Strong Workforce Program to develop and support workforce development programs and pathways for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
This bill establishes the Student Equity and Achievement Program, which supports community colleges in eliminating achievement gaps for students from traditionally underrepresented groups (including students with disabilities) and which requires participating institutions to maintain student equity plans to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students, regardless of disability or other factors. The bill further establishes the California Online Community College, and makes provisions to ensure students with disabilities receive support services and educational accommodations so that they can participate and benefit equal to students without disabilities.
This bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to assign a student identification number to individuals with exceptional needs for the purpose of evaluating special education programs and related services, including transition and work experience programs.
This bill appropriates funds to assist community college districts in covering the excess direct instructional cost of providing special support services or instruction to students with disabilities enrolled in community colleges.
This resolution affirms that the state’s policies and procedures should ensure technology and information access for individuals with disabilities to the greatest extent possible, including to promote self-determination, help individuals engage in education and employment, and create new markets and employment opportunities.
This resolution declares August 2017 as #ABLEtoSave Month, to enhance awareness of Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts as a financial savings tool and to increase the number of ABLE accounts opened.
This bill requires the State Department of Social Services to provide the eligibility and enrollment data for the California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) and CalFresh (implementation of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) programs to the State Department of Developmental Services for the purposes of monitoring and evaluating employment outcomes to determine the effectiveness of the state's Employment First policy.
This bill requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish a program relating to transportation accessibility for people with disabilities, including individuals who need a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
This bill requires the California Workforce Investment Board to assist the Governor in helping individuals experiencing barriers to employment (including individuals with disabilities) achieve economic security and upward mobility by implementing policies that encourage the attainment of marketable skills relevant to current labor market trends.
This bill requires the State Department of Developmental Services to conduct a four-year demonstration project to determine whether community-based vocational development services will increase employment outcomes for consumers and reduce purchase of service costs for working age adults.
This bill phases out subminimum wage for people with disabilities, through a multi-stakeholder process.
This bill appropriates funds to assist community college districts in covering the excess direct instructional cost of providing special support services or instruction to students with disabilities enrolled at community colleges.
This bill authorizes counties to develop peer support specialist certification programs, which provide coaching and support to individuals with mental health care needs, including around self-sufficiency, self-advocacy and preparation for employment opportunities. Peer support specialists can engage in specialized curricula for transition-age youth.
This bill requires the State Department of Developmental Services to consult with specified stakeholders - including representatives of the Department of Rehabilitation, which provides vocational rehabilitation services - to discuss system reforms to better serve consumers with developmental disabilities.
This bill authorizes an increase in the number of consumers served by the Self-Determination Program, including residents in developmental centers who are moving to the community. The Self-Determination Program provides individuals with developmental disabilities and their families increased flexibility and choice and greater control over decisions, resources, services and supports to implement their individual program plan.
This bill dedicates funding for a county office of education to convene a workgroup that will examine and propose alternative pathways to a high school diploma for students with disabilities. It further dedicates funding for a county office of education to convene a workgroup that will design a state standardized IEP template and support transition planning.
This bill requires federal funds to be used to maximize the ability of Self-Determination Program participants to direct their own lives. The Self-Determination Program provides individuals with developmental disabilities and their families increased flexibility and choice and greater control over decisions, resources, services and supports to implement their individual program plan.
This bill authorizes residents of two crisis centers for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities to participate in work programs and other developmental center facility activities when identified as appropriate and consistent with the individual’s treatment plan.
This bill requires community college districts to maintain student equity plans in order to receive specific funding. As part of these plans, districts must conduct campus-based research on equity for students with disabilities (among other groups of students); establish goals for enhancing access to and completion of basic skills, career technical education and workforce training for various populations (including students with disabilities); and lay out how each college in the district will address any significant disparities in access or outcomes for those groups of students.
This bill directs the Administrator of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide at least a 4.27% increase in service provision rates for community rehabilitation providers.
This program offers support so individuals with developmental, physical, cognitive or multiple disabilities can live independently, gain social and daily living skills, and become active members of their communities. Individuals learn work-related skills by engaging in regularly scheduled volunteer work, community service projects, and other ventures. They also receive support and direction to interact with others, make their needs and choices known, and explore and engage in activities.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Southern California
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: Ability Tools
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides specialized and comprehensive vocational rehabilitation services to Californians who are blind or visually impaired. Department of Rehabilitation consumers working with a Blind Field Services Counselor may receive all general vocational rehabilitation services with the addition of vision loss counseling.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: California State Treasurer
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
CECY is a collaboration between state agencies, associations, organizations, families, and self-advocates. The Consortium seeks to stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) in competitive integrated employment.
Operating Entity: University of California, Los Angeles, Tarjan Center
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides career counseling and information and referral services to all individuals with a significant disability and employed at subminimum wage who are known to the Department of Rehabilitation. This includes information on self-advocacy, self-determination, and peer mentoring resources and training opportunities available in a consumer's area.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights California (DRC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program is a partnership with select community colleges to serve individuals with intellectual disabilities (I/D) and autism. The program provides employment preparation and soft skills training in addition to some instruction in independent living skills and campus inclusion, to help C2C students become employed in a competitive integrated community-based job. Services include internships, employment services such as employment preparation and job development, and short-term supports.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program ensures that California’s public programs are adapted to meet the communication needs of deaf and hard of hearing individuals so they can receive the public benefits and services to achieve economic independence and fully participate in society. It includes Job Development and Placement, to assist deaf clients in obtaining employment-related services.
Operating Entity: California Department of Social Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a range of vocational rehabilitation services to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing, late deafened and deaf-blind. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Counselors are qualified in American Sign Language and provide specialized services including deaf culture and awareness, communication techniques, assistive listening devices, interpreter services, specialized vocational services, and more.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides support services to students with disabilities to ensure that all students have equal access to educational programs and activities on community college campuses. Specific services include priority registration, specialized counseling, class scheduling, mobility assistance, test proctoring, specialized tutoring, transcription services, and interpreter services for hearing impaired or deaf students.
Operating Entity: California Community Colleges
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works with project partners to increase career planning, work pathways, job opportunities and employment outcomes for transition age youth with disabilities in Orange County. It provides resources and toolkits around higher education, financial literacy, and career paths.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Southern California
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Exceptional Works is a continuum of employment services to help individuals with developmental disabilities find, secure and maintain employment in the community. The program includes work readiness classes; vocational training in computer literacy, culinary arts, janitorial services, retail sales and warehouse operations; a College Classroom Program; paid work experience; and more.
Operating Entity: Exceptional Children's Foundation
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This mentoring program pairs college and high school students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD with similarly-labeled middle school students, to help the younger students embrace their learning differences and develop social-emotional skills that promote their academic and personal success, such as confidence, self-advocacy skills, and perseverance.
Operating Entity: University of Southern California
Entity Type: College / University
This program seeks to improve the lives of families of children with disabilities through direct support and education, and to improve the ability of community based organizations to meet the needs of families of children (of any age) with disabilities. Services include webinars on topics like Employment First and self-determination, as well as IEP Coaching. They also include Technical Assistance to organizations serving families of children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: University of Southern California, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Entity Type: College / University
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program is provided by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and local county mental health field offices to help individuals with severe psychiatric disabilities enter or re-enter their community workforce. Services include work adjustment, employment preparation, job development, and job coaching.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program assists job seekers who are visually impaired and blind to adjust to their vision loss and acquire the skills and tools necessary to pursue competitive integrated employment. Training is provided in daily living skills including cooking, independent travel, Braille and communication, assistive technology use, and the work readiness skills.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights California (DRC)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides kindergarten through post-graduate STEM education, a residential boarding option, and a full range of STEM related programs for students and young adults with special needs.
Operating Entity: The Help Group
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports students with disabilities ages 16-21 in exploring and preparing for the world of work. Services are based on a consumer's interests, and include job exploration and counseling on post-secondary options.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is aimed at finding competitive work in a community integrated work setting for persons with severe disabilities who need ongoing support services to learn and perform the work. Support is usually provided by a job coach who meets regularly with the individual on the job to help him or her learn the skills and behaviors to operate independently. As the individual gains mastery of the job, the support services are gradually phased out.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides technical assistance to educators and families members of deaf-blind students, including around transitions.
Operating Entity: California Deafblind Services (CDBS)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a viable option for people with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities to obtain internships, on-the-job coaching, and career guidance with the State of California that can turn into long-term employment.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services including Department of Rehabilitation Student Services and employment preparation to assist with job development, and short-term support services to successfully transition students with disabilities into meaningful employment. TPPs are established between the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program includes the Next STEP and the Extra STEP Vocational Programs, which provide training and supportive vocational, behavioral, and community access services to hearing-impaired (Deaf or Deaf-Blind) individuals with developmental disabilities and behavioral challenges. The goal of the program is to facilitate integration into the gainfully employed community.
Operating Entity: Strategies to Empower People (STEP)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides work-based learning experiences for students with a disability, ages 16 through 21, who are in high school. Work experience consists of short-term placements either on or off campus, and may include paid/unpaid internships, paid/unpaid employment, summer work experience, work exploration, and job shadowing. The program is a partnership between the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Welfare cooperative programs are established with select local Human Services Agencies (HSA) and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR). The programs serve recipients of human service agency services, who are also DOR consumers with significant disabilities, and assists them in obtaining meaningful employment. Services include work adjustment, employment services such as employment preparation, job development, and short-term supports.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
WAP provides paid work, work adjustment, and supportive habilitation services typically in a sheltered workshop setting. The program helps clients develop good work safety practices, money management skills, and appropriate work habits. It also includes social skill and community resource training necessary to achieve vocational objectives.
Operating Entity: California Department of Developmental Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services for adult consumers and in-school youth with disabilities, to help them obtain meaningful employment. Services include work experience, employment preparation, job coaching, and more. Consumers are referred by their Department of Rehabilitation Counselor and the program is implemented at select Adult Schools and Regional Occupational Programs/Centers.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services to help individuals with disabilities who are both community college students and Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consumers obtain meaningful employment. Services include internships, employment preparation and job development services, and short-term supports. It is a partnership between select California Community Colleges and DOR.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides enhanced, coordinated vocational services to individuals who are Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) consumers, attending California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC), and desiring employment. Services include internships, employment services such as employment preparation and job development, and short-term supports. The program is a partnership between select California university campuses and DOR.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides one-on-one, customized employment support services to individuals with disabilities who are interested in finding and maintaining paid work or starting their own business. It helps people enhance their economic self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and participation in the community. Services include customized employment, supported employment, direct placement, and job coaching.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Southern California
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Workshops for Youth is a program for individuals with disabilities ages 14-26 in a 12-county region in South-Central California. Workshops address topics like understanding and engaging in the IEP process, staying organized, creating a plan for the future, developing financial literacy skills, and preparing for interviews.
Operating Entity: EPU Children's Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides special services to youth with barriers to education and employment - including youth with disabilities - to assist them in pursuing their educational and vocational goals. Services include peer advising, referrals to supportive services, education and career coaching, employment preparation and assistance, workshops, and more.
Operating Entity: California Employment Development Department (EDD)
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
YLF is a six-day leadership program for students with disabilities, which is held virtually and includes post-YLF sessions in the months after the event. Delegates learn advocacy and leadership skills from alumni and professionals with disabilities and create a “Personal and Career Leadership Plan” to help reach their future education, independent living, and career goals. Follow-up sessions focus on topics such as post-secondary education and careers.
Operating Entity: California Department of Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
California produced a comprehensive series of videos providing resources and information to educators, parents and students. Many of these videos relate to distance learning, IEP provision, available assistive technologies, and additional distance learning resources for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: California Department of Education
California created a document that provides educators guidance on remote learning and includes information on promoting accessibility. It lists best practices for providing distance learning education to students with disabilities. It also provides links for teachers or students to acquire any necessary assitive technology to accomodate for student disabilities.
Operating Entity: California Department of Education
An overview of available purchase programs to assist schools in securing equipment and connectivity services for students. These are made possible through partnerships between the California Department of Education and technological companies.
Operating Entity: California Department of Education
California provides an FAQ document pertaining to distance learning and IEP information for students with disabilities. It informs IEP teams of the circumstances under which they must update IEPs due to COVID-19. It also provides a link where parents can receive answers to IEP-related questions, and it lists California legal requirements for virtual IEP meetings.
Operating Entity: California Department of Education