Department of Rehabilitation Services and Resources
The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) offers several services that benefit individuals with disabilities and employers, both big and small. California small business owners can take advantage of these services at no cost to them. The services below are for private employers looking for assistance in recruiting, training, incentives, and accessibility.
California Department of Rehabilitation
The EmployABILITY Business Grant is provided by the California Department of Rehabilitation, which works in partnership with consumers and other stakeholders to provide services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living and equality for individuals with disabilities.
Finding candidates can be difficult, especially for small businesses. DOR matches businesses with qualified job seekers within their consumer database.
DOR offers a variety of training designed to educate employers and their staff on disability awareness, etiquette, and accommodation, all at no cost to the employer.
Tax Credits and Incentives
Tax incentives and credits are available for businesses to cover the cost of accommodations for employees and customers with disabilities. DOR offers information and additional funding to encourage employers to take advantage of these incentives.
When hiring individuals with disabilities, it’s crucial to consider any accommodations they may need to be as successful as possible. DOR provides information on such accommodations, as well as how to make a workspace more accessible for employees with disabilities.
More Business Accessibility Resources
California Employing Abilities at Work Certification Program
Developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), this free certification program educates employers and HR professionals on disability inclusion and hiring best practices.
Workplace Accessibility Guide
Creating more accessible spaces for workers with disabilities is a great way to use EmployABILITY Business Grant funds.
View ways to make your workplace more accessible at the Job Accommodation
Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
EARN offers information and resources to help organizations of all sizes recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities; build inclusive workplace cultures; and meet diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals.
Visit the EARN website to learn more.
Demand Side Employment Initiative Information
Demand Side Employment Initiative
The EmployABILITY Business Grant is a part of the Demand Side Employment Initiative, an employer incentive program to encourage businesses to expand by hiring people with disabilities.
Earn & Learn:
Ready, Willing and ABLE
This apprenticeship program helps Californians with disabilities find on-the-job training opportunities for careers in the health care industry.
Earn & Learn:
(Neuro)diversity in Insurance
This program connects neurodistinct individuals with employers in the insurance industry, offering training for both companies and individuals.