Despite their unique talents and
abilities, people with disabilities still
remain unemployed at a much higher
rate compared to those without.
2019 AT A GLANCE
Despite their unique talents and abilities, people with disabilities still remain unemployed at a much higher rate compared to those without.
Since 1963, the Department of Rehabilitation has believed in the talent and potential of individuals with disabilities. We meet our program participants where they are in life and provide training and support to meet their individual needs. Working closely with local service providers and businesses, our program participants gain skills and abilities to help live, work, shop, and play where they choose.
The primary program administered by DOR is the Vocational Rehabilitation program. This program provides a wide range of services designed to assist individuals with disabilities prepare for and engage in meaningful employment consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.
Total VR Participants
Vending Stand Fund
Traumatic Brain Injury Fund
We expanded our commitment to students with disabilities aged 16-20 statewide by providing and promoting access to career exploration, post-secondary counseling, work skills, and self-advocacy training as well as work based learning. Pre-Employment Transition Services are provided in partnership with education and workforce partners to increase the successful transition of students with disabilities into the workforce.
VR Students Served
DOR collaborated and engaged partners from education, business, workforce, and community at all levels, to leverage the needed resources to collectlively serve our participants effectively.
DOR to hire individuals
DOR Hot Jobs
in collaboration with businesses
hourly wage increase
DOR has been successful in assisting participants with job placement in a variety of categories.
Clerical and Administrative
Sales and Retail
Information and Technology
DOR's Community Living Services network is dedicated to the idea that communities should be fully accessible and integrated to all persons with disabilities. Our community Living Services network includes: Independent Living, Assistive Technology, Traumatic Brain Injury, Disability Access Service programs, and Older Individuals Who Are Blind . These programs serve California's people, businesses and public entities by providing education advocacy, and partnerships that transform the lives of people with disabilities in a variety of ways.
Former DOR Director and pioneer of California's Independent Living Movement
Independent Living Centers
We provided federal grant funds to 7 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) centers across the state. These centers assist TBI survivors integrate back into their community.
Professionals, Survivors, and Families
to attend Trainings and Seminars
Education Events for the Public
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