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WorkAbility Program


What is the WorkAbility Program?

workabilityVision and Mission Statement:
The Vision of the California Department of Education (CDE), Special Education Division is that all individuals with disabilities will successfully participate in preparation for the workplace and independent living.

The Mission of WorkAbility is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders, including students, families, educators, employers, and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of experiences that will culminate in successful student transition to employment, lifelong learning, and quality adult life.

The WorkAbility Program provides training in work, employment placement, and follow-up for Special Education high school students. The focus is helping students transition from school to work, independent living, and post-secondary education or training.

The WorkAbility Program is funded by a grant from the California Department of Education Special Education Department. WorkAbility is a nationally recognized school-to-work program that provides comprehensive pre-employment training, employment placement, and follow-up for high school students in Special Education who are making the transition from high school to work.

workabilityWhat does WorkAbility provide for students receiving special education services?
Students receive services such as assessment, pre-employment skills training, career awareness, and career exploration.

On-the-job paid training for students at least 16 years or older is implemented for those students who meet training requirements for job placement.

For additional information regarding WorkAbility, please visit the California Department of Education Website.