Learn More About Job Supports and Accommodations

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has information for jobseekers, employees, and employers, including a list of common accommodations and an accommodation database.

The Department of Labor’s Office on Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) has a fact sheet that walks you through the steps of getting an accommodation and another on how your employer can work with you to get you a reasonable accommodation.

The National Center on Workforce and Disability (NWDP) has a general fact sheet on reasonable accommodations and assistive technology.

Boston University’s Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation has a website on reasonable accommodations and disability disclosure for people with psychiatric disabilities.

Learn More About Assistive Technology

You can try out different Assistive Technology (AT) equipment at a local office of America's Job Center of California (AJCC), formerly known as One-Stops, or through device lending libraries.

Ability Tools, formerly known as the California Assistive Technology Network (AT Network), helps Californians with disabilities learn about, find, and acquire assistive technology.

The California Assistive Technology Reuse Coalition helps connect AT users with gently used equipment.

The Disability Business and Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) has information on assistive technology in the workplace.

AbleData has reviews of assistive technology products and companies, as well as a comprehensive list of assistive technology resources.

Infinite Potential Through Assistive Technology (Infinitec) has informational articles on how to get and use Assistive Technology devices. They have detailed information on specific types of devices to use at home, work, and everything between.

Find a Job

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) can help you apply, prepare for, and find a job.

America's Job Center of California (AJCC) can help you find a job and plan for your career. To find a center near you, visit americasjobcenter.ca.gov.

CalJOBS is an online service offered by the California Employment Development Department (EDD). It’s an excellent place to look for job openings and to post your resume.

The U.S. Department of Labor has a website called My Skills, My Future that helps job seekers match their skills with new careers and find out what training is needed to move from one job to another.

DOR's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) offers consultation and referrals for supported employment services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (RCDs) are located in most DOR offices statewide.

People with visual impairments can get vocational rehabilitation services from DOR's Blind Field Services (BFS). For more information, call 916-558-5480, or visit BFS staff in DOR offices statewide.

Getting Help with your Benefits

To find an expert who can provide help with your benefits, visit the DB101 Find an Expert page. For questions about work and your Social Security benefits, you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 / 1-866-833-2967 (TTY/TDD).

Community Based Organizations

Various community-based organizations provide staff to work with people concerning a range of options on state, federal, public, and private health and income programs. Counseling about benefits, as a community service, is an emerging field of expertise with different levels of services available. Some organizations may work with specific populations while others work with individuals with any type of disability.

Goodwill Industries services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare, and transportation. Some of these centers conduct Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach for Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries related to work activity.

Goodwill IndustriesFind locations at www.Goodwill.org, or by calling (voice) 1-800-664-6577.

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers logoThe California Foundation for Independent Living Centers lists centers serving individuals with all disabilities. Many of these centers conduct Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach for Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries related to work activity. Most independent living centers can refer callers to local benefit program information if they do not have these services.

Find the list of independent living centers at www.CFILC.org, or by calling (voice) 1-916-325-1690 or (TTY) 1-916-325-1695.

The California Department of Public Health's Office of AIDS lists 1,300 organizations providing HIV/AIDS services throughout California. Some of these organizations offer case management, benefits planning, and benefits counseling services that can include assistance with public and private benefits programs. You can search the list online, or call (voice) 1-800-367-AIDS (2437) or (TTY) 1-888-225-AIDS (2437).

Disability Rights California provides representation for consumers of public programs who are disabled. Website publications include topics on health care, benefit programs, and In-Home Supportive Services.