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California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) provides extensive resources that can help you find a job and plan for your career. Find a local America's Job Center of California (AJCC) (One-Stop).

Workers at the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) can help you apply, prepare for, and find a job.

DOR also has specific service programs for people who are blind and visually impaired and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. DOR provides employment services for people with these disabilities.

The World Institute on Disability’s E3 Economic Empowerment Program has information on asset building for people with disabilities that is available as a downloadable book, EQUITY: Asset Building for People with Disabilities, a Guide to Financial Empowerment.

The U.S. Department of Justice has a comprehensive site on ADA resources.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has a fact sheet on employment rights of individuals with disabilities and a page for youth about employment discrimination.

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) offers specific information about enforcing your rights under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Getting Help with Your Benefits

If you get Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Childhood Disability Benefits (CDB) benefits, and you're looking for a job, a trained Benefits Planner can help you avoid problems with your job plan. If you need help or have questions about your situation, you can call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY), Monday through Friday.

View DB101's full list of experts who can help you understand different benefits.

Community-Based Organizations

Various community-based organizations guide people through state, federal, public, and private health and income programs. Some organizations may work with specific populations while others work with people with any type of disability. Here are a few examples

Goodwill Industries services range from personal evaluation and office skills training to career counseling, childcare, and transportation. Some Goodwill Industries centers also do benefits planning for people who get SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. Find locations at www.Goodwill.org, or by calling (voice) 1-800-466-3945.

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers lists centers serving people with all disabilities. Many of these centers do benefits planning for people who get SSI, SSDI, and Medicare. If they don't offer benefits planning themselves, Independent Living Centers can refer you to local benefits planners. 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 offering HIV/AIDS services throughout California. Some of these organizations provide case management, benefits planning, and benefits counseling services that can include help 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.