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The Demand Side Employment Initiative: An Overview

The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) received a one-time appropriation of $10 million through the state General Fund to support strategic initiatives that increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. With this funding, DOR created the Demand Side Employment Initiative (DSEI), a dynamic incentive program to support businesses in actively hiring or creating more jobs for individuals with disabilities.

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To reach these goals, DSEI has four key initiatives: The EmployABILITY Business Grant, Targeted Marketing Campaigns, Earn and Learn Opportunities, and Human Resources Training and Collateral. These programs and resources seek to support both businesses and individuals with disabilities through funding, education, and promotion.

To dive deeper into each initiative specifically, please visit our blog posts:

More information can also be found on the DOR website at


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