Employment and Access to the Community

The Integrated Employment Program is designed to assist individuals with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities in obtaining either employer-paid jobs or volunteer work in their communities. We support individuals in gaining greater access to and participation in their communities. With customized support plans and schedules, skills training and job placement, individuals experience a better range of choices that increases their levels of independence and overall quality of life.

  • E&CO identifies individuals whose disabilities (intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, or autism) fall within the moderate to severe range, requiring ongoing supervision, training, and assistance by an E&CO staff person.

The growing list of California employers participating include:

  • Restaurants – Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery; On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina; Pizza Hut; TGI Friday’s, Rubio’s Baja Grill, O’s American Kitchen
  • Retailers – Barnes & Noble, Old Navy, Sports Authority, Walgreens, Walmart
  • Grocers – New Leaf Market, Stater Bros., Vons
  • Plus – Marriott Hotel, Signature Theatres, Rite-Aid, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

We provide skills training, job placement and continuous on-the-job support and assistance. The major component of skills training includes job placement in either a paid or volunteer job in their community.

We work with more than 200 local businesses to identify jobs or volunteer opportunities that are a good fit and can offer these individuals 6 to 20 hours of employment per week.

Ask about Transportation services which are available in some areas and fully funded by the regional center.

E&CO – Integrated Employment
(PDF)

For more information email:
Chief Operating Officer
Wendy Forkas
wforkas@optionsforall.org

E&CO provides these services in the counties of San Diego, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Bernardino.


Transition from School to Work

Employment & Community Options, in collaboration with a school district, works directly with students who are graduating from high school.  Individualized schedules and paid employment will be developed for the individual before graduation occurs.  E&CO provides this service in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District

San Diego Area Contact
Wendy Forkas: wforkas@optionsforall.org


Supported Employment

Competitive Employment in the Community

Funded by the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), the Supported Employment Program provides individual competitive employment services seven days per week. Individual placement allows maximum independence and integration into community work environments.

E&CO works with individuals who require minimal, short-term supervision who are able to perform job duties with at least 80% independence after initial training.  These individuals are placed in a competitive job.  A job coach is assigned to closely assist with newly hired individual’s training and continues working alongside the individual to ensure employer standards for productivity and quality are being met. As the individual becomes more independent with meeting job standards and requirements, the job coach’s role is reduced to coaching on an as-needed basis. One-to-one job coaching continues until the worker is able to perform the work independently and the employer is satisfied and comfortable.

What We Provide:

  •  Assessment of job readiness & skills
  • Facilitation of DOR intake process
  • Job exploration and placement services
  • Temporary job coaching
  • Job Club: Resume writing, interview skills training & other soft skills training
  • Follow-up job maintenance support services

Additional Services Offered:

  • The option of individual placement, or groups of 3 individuals.
  • Flexibility: full-time or part-time jobs – 15 to 40 hours per week.
  • Fully trained staff to support the individuals with additional training that includes safety, first aid, and CPR.

E&CO – Supported Employment
(PDF)

For more information email:
Chief Operating Officer
Wendy Forkas
wforkas@optionsforall.org

Employment & Community Options provides these services in the counties of San Diego, Santa Clara and San Bernardino.


Employment Services

Employment Services Program (AKA. fee – for – service) is a person centered program funded solely by the California Department of Rehabilitation. The program is designed to assist individuals with various disabilities who are not eligible for Regional Center services. This includes identification of vocational goal, pre-employment assessments, pre-employment training, direct employment, and if necessary, short term job coaching to assist with the employment transition.

There is an expectation that the participating client is active in the self-direction of their service by fully participating in the development of employment in their community. This includes demonstrating initiative in exploring  jobs through various resources (internet, publications), development of resume, arrival to meetings and interviews on time, fully engaged with employment prep and follow up to interviews.

The program does not provide long term support.

We offer this service in San Diego, Santa Clara and San Bernardino Counties.


Services by Geographic Area

San Diego County:

  • Integrated Employment
  • Supported Employment
  • Transition from School to Work
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program
  • Employment Services

San Bernardino County:

  • Integrated Employment
  • Supported Employment
  • Employment Services

Santa Clara County:

  • Integrated Employment
  • Supported Employment
  • Employment Services

Santa Cruz County:

  • Integrated Employment