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Employment Development Department
Employment Development Department

Services for People with Disabilities

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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), the EDD provides universal access for services, ensuring 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 including 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 Employment Development Department (EDD) proudly administers two federally-funded programs designed to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities: Disability Employment Accelerator and the Disability Employment Initiative.

Disability Employment Accelerator

The Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) focuses on partnerships between the America’s Job Center of California locations and the business community to recognize the skills and abilities which meet the needs of California employers and accelerate employment and re-employment strategies for individuals 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 Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) partners with employers to provide services to individuals with disabilities to place them on the path to permanent-secure jobs. The DEI goals are:

Disability Resource Coordinators in California

Eight California Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Areas) 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. They are located in the following Local Areas:


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:

With CalJOBS job seekers can:

By using CalJOBS, employers can:

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.

EDD Resources

Additional Resources