Welcome to ELARC’s Employment Web page. It is our agency's commitment to encourage and support employment and career goals of the persons we serve. This page will provide information about how to obtain employment, how employment impacts benefits, who provides employment services, employment opportunities in the community, and information about transitioning into adult life. Click here to view our Employment Handbook. The handbook is also available in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean. You may also view the ELARC Employment Fact Sheet (English with Spanish), or click here to view the ELARC Employment Fact Sheet in English with Chinese.
ELARC is committed to providing all consumers with current information on laws and programs in the area of employment; this is a very exciting time as new and expanded employment programs have created employment exploration, training, and placement opportunities for our consumers who choose employment as a goal.
We are proud to share with you, on an ongoing basis, individual employment success stories of our consumers and hope their stories serve as a point of information, motivation, and inspiration!
- Watch Jared's Story on our YouTube Channel
- Watch another story on successful employment on our YouTube Channel
- Read Mario's story
- Read Stories in our Community Report
Please check back for upcoming events.
Draft Final "California Competitive Integrated Employment” Blueprint Released by the State for Public Comment
Three state agencies –the Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Rehabilitation and the California Department of Education, along with Disability Rights California, in a process overseen and facilitated by the California Health and Human Services Agency, released the final draft “California Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) Blueprint”.
This Blueprint is for the implementation of policies to “…increase opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities to prepare for and engage in CIE [competitive integrated employment] and reduce reliance upon subminimum wage jobs and segregated work settings."
According to the State, the goals of the final draft blueprint are:
- Improve collaboration and coordination between the three departments to prepare and support all individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities who choose competitive integrated employment (CIE).
- Increase opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities who choose competitive integrated employment (CIE) to prepare for and participate in the California workforce development system and achieve CIE within existing resources.
- Support the ability of individuals with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities to make informed choices, adequately prepare for, transition to, and engage in competitive integrated employment (CIE).
To view the final draft Blueprint, please visit the California Health and Human Services Agency webpage here. The Blueprint is available in the following seven languages:
· Chinese (Traditional)
Seeking a Job
Being an adult is a time when you decide what you want to do with your life.
Some questions you might be asked include:
- What do you want to be or do when you grow up?
- Do you want to go to school?
- Do you want a career?
- Do you want a job?
- Do you want money?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years from now?
- Do you want to buy a car, a home, go on trips, etc.?
The Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center is committed in identifying employment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities who want to work.
The focus of this section is to provide you with resources, options, and information to help you find a job that meets your needs.
Things to consider when looking for a job:
Your skills, accommodations, preferences, difficulties,or any other assistance needed.
View the “PCT Employment Questionnaire.” This can help you clarify, identify, and discuss your employment goals. Feel free to print it and complete it on your own time or with your circle of support. You are also encouraged to bring this questionnaire to your Service Coordinator to address these goals in your IPP.
Please note that your Regional Center Service Coordinator is available to answer any additional questions you may have. Additionally, should you have any questions, comments, or concerns related to the subject of employment, transition, or benefits, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will respond to your inquiry.
Afraid of losing benefits if working or need some assistance understanding work incentives? Here are some resources:
Work Incentives Planning Assistance Program (WIPA): Community Work Incentives Coordinator-Nina Schultz, Verdugo Jobs Center, 1255 South Central Ave., Glendale, Ca. 91204. 818 937-8020. email@example.com
The effect of working on Medi-Cal Benefits and CHIIP (California Health Incentives Improvement Project)
Employment Service Providers
Regional Center coordinates employment services through Supported Employment Programs (SEPs) and Work Activity Programs (WAPs). The following links provide useful information on Supported Employment and Work Activity Programs:
The following vendors/providers have signed a partnership commitment with ELARC
Employment Community Partners
Are you an employer and business owner looking for qualified employees? Please contact George De La Loza, Employment Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org to list your job opening.
Resources for Employers:
[This section to list job announcements/openings from Employment Community Partners]
Transitioning to Adult Life
Transitioning to adult life can come with many challenges but it can also include exciting opportunities! There are many things to consider and decisions to make. You may want to attend college after leaving high school, or attend a vocational school, or maybe start working right away. Whatever path you choose, it is important to give yourself plenty of time to plan, research, and talk with your parents and other important people in your life about what you want to do.
One important area of adult life is employment. Having a job makes it possible for you to earn money to pay for your needs and leisure activities. But finding a job takes planning and preparation. It's also very important to know what you're good at and what areas you need help in order to find a job that fits you. There are a number of resources available to you. This website includes a number of links to resources that can help you with your job search and with the supports you may need:
- California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (resource for specific information on Career & Technical Education (CTE) certificate programs offered at all California Community Colleges
- Los Angeles unified adult and career education
- Perez Educational Center
- La Puente Hacienda Heights Adult School
- Montebello Adult School
- Ford Park Adult School
- Schurr Adult School
- Whittier Union Adult School
- East Los Angeles College
- Rio Hondo Community College
- Pasadena City College
- Cerritos Community College
Vocational/Occupational Specific Training Opportunities:
- America’s Job Centers finder:
- Los Angeles County Workforce Development Board
- Southeast Los Angeles Workforce Development Board
- City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board
- Foothill Workforce Development Board
- Verdugo Workforce Development Board
America’s Job Centers: (WIPA and other employment services):
- Verdugo Jobs Center
- L.A. Counties America Job Center (S.F. Springs)
- Rio Hondo America’s Job Center
- Employment Development Department (EDD) Not an America’s Job Center but works directly with all Job Centers
- East San Gabriel Valley ROPTC