This section includes resources, articles and services specific to individuals with ASD as defined as a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
Benefits planning information including specifics related to Supplemental Security Administration (SSI), Medi-Cal, the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Work Incentives, and use of financial resources for attaining economic self-sufficiency. This information can help individuals and families to plan-ahead and learn how work and benefits go together.
Resources and services included in this section addresses specifics regarding Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE). This is defined as employment in a setting found in the community in which individuals interact with individuals without disabilities other than those who are providing services to those individuals, to the same extent that individuals without disabilities in comparable positions interact with other persons.
This section includes information and resources that applies to individuals with “Complex Support Needs”, including developmental disabilities, emotional disturbance, intellectual disability, legal blindness, and low vision.
Paid employment opportunities for all, included individuals with disabilities are highlighted. The requirements related to Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) are addressed. Employment benefits are also addressed.
This section includes information and materials related to Equity and Social Justice. Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political/social rights and opportunities. In recent years the term “equity” has become more and more prevalent, and addresses social issues, workplace norms, and education.
This section will include information that supports each person in their efforts to become a self-sufficient and independent adult. Independent living is having opportunities to make your own meaningful decisions and pursue activities that you want.
This section addresses resources and services available to individuals with Mental Health needs to support wellness. Care is available from providers such as therapists or counselors for some concerns, which may include depression, neglect, abuse, anxiety, relationships or family issues. This support can be found face-to face in groups, individually or virtually.
Detailed information describing education and/or training opportunities beyond high school, including university, community college, adult education, regional occupational program, vocational or trade schools is provided. Program, class descriptions and brochures can be found.
You will find in this section resources, materials and articles that recognizes the rights and needs of individuals with disabilities to have the opportunity to make their own choices and decisions. Specifics capabilities include self-awareness, decision making, choice making, problem solving, conflict resolution, self-management and self-advocacy.
This section will include resources, articles and recommendations to support individuals with disabilities that can lower barriers that people encounter in their daily lives and support access to information.
Transition Planning information can be found that addresses activities that promote movement from school to post-school activities and other phases of adult life, including post-secondary education, vocational training, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation.
This section includes information regarding Work-Based Learning (WBL) specifics and opportunities. Defined in Ed. Code (51760-51769.5) as an educational approach or instructional methodology that uses the workplace or real work to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills that will help them connect school experiences to real-life work activities and future career opportunities.
A wide variety of work and job training programs are available for all individuals including individuals with disabilities. This section provides summaries and information sheets to highlight programs and provide contact information.