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Virtual Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Clinics January - July 2021 

Please join Disability Rights California for the Virtual Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Clinics.  The CIE Clinics will be held in multiple languages January – July 2021.  This is an opportunity for youth ages 16 - 22 to receive support and develop self-advocacy skills to prepare for employment and higher education.  [Register today/Please share the registration page with your clients, families and community partners: https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/post/webinar-virtual-competitive-integrated-employment-cie-clinics ](see upper right corner to select a language).  

Attendees of the CIE Clinics will meet an Advocate from the Client Assistance Program (CAP) who will provide individualized guidance and support in completing applications, forms and making requests for services.  Through interactive training and technical assistance, clients will do some or all of the following:

·        Request Pre-Employment Transition Services for students with disabilities

·        Apply for Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) services

·        Obtain an eligibility determination from the DOR

·        If found eligible, develop an Individualized Plan for Employment

·        Begin receiving DOR services

·        If a regional center client, amend their Individualized Program Plan to include employment goals

·        Learn about public benefits and work incentives

·        Develop self-advocacy skills


Why is work important?

  • Helps you become independent
  • Learn new skills
  • Gives you a sense of pride
  • Meet new people

What is Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE)?
Competitive Integrated Employment is full-time or part-time work where you are paid minimum wage or higher.  You receive pay at a rate like other employees without disabilities who have the same or similar types of duties, training, and experience.

What is a Paid Internship Program (PIP)?
A Paid Internship Program (PIP) is for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities ages 18 and over who want to develop work skills. The program funds up to $10,400 per internship for wages and employer costs.  PIP can help increase opportunities for Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE).

What is an Employment First Policy?
It is a policy that makes Competitive Integrated Employment the highest priority; to make regular jobs, with regular pay, a real option for people with developmental disabilities

NLACRC’s Employment First Policy

California’s Employment First Policy

California CIE Blueprint for Change
The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR),  California Department of Education (CDE) , and  California Department of Developmental Services (DDS)  have an agreement in support of the State's "Employment First" policy and other laws to make employment in an integrated setting, at competitive wage, for individuals with Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) its highest priority.

Visit the Department of Rehabilitation’s Blueprint for Change website

Employment Services for People with Disabilities During COVID-19
Has your employment been impacted by COVID-19? Have your hours been reduced? Have you lost your job? Are you an essential worker concerned about safety? Disability Rights California (DRC) held a webinar earlier this year that you can find on their website along with many other resources.

View DRC's Employment Services webinar and resources

Transition Planning
Transition planning is based on a student's preferences, interests, and needs that help move students into a successful life after school. This may include academic instruction, community experiences, planning and preparing for employment, and other post-school living objectives.

View NLACRC's Life After High School Transition Planning Guide (English)

View NLACRC's Life After High School Transition Planning Guide (Spanish)

View a list of transition website resources

What is the ABLE Act?
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLEAct of 2014 allows states to create tax-advantaged savings programs for eligible people with disabilities (designated beneficiaries). Funds from these 529A ABLE accounts can help designated beneficiaries pay for qualified disability expenses.

What is CalABLE?
CalABLE is a tax-advantaged savings and investment program designed to help eligible people save for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their public benefits.

CalABLE accounts can be used for many different disability-related expenses, such as education, employment support, housing, transportation, assistive technology and healthcare.

Visit the CalABLE website to learn more

Other Resources

Disability Rights California’s CIE information page

Policy and Practice Models for Competitive Integrated Employment

Talk to your Service Coordinator if you have questions about the CIE, PIP, and Employment First Policy.


If you are an employer or business owner looking for qualified candidates and would like information about hiring people with disabilities, please send us your contact information here

Why you should hire someone with a disability - Forbes

Hiring employees with disabilities- SBA

How hiring people with disabilities will make your business stronger - Entrepeneur


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