What is WorkAbility?  

WorkAbility is a statewide grant provided by California designed to assist students with disabilities to access job skills training and potential job placements.


Mission Statement

The mission of WorkAbility is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders that include students, families, educators, employers and other agencies for the planning and implementation of an array of services. The services are to culminate toward successful student transitioning to employment, lifelong learning and quality of life.‚Äč


Who can participate?

Students 16 years old or older with a current IEP will be exposed to a variety of job skills training opportunities during the school year, including resume writing, interview practice, job skills analysis, vocational assessments, and job site conflict resolution training.


Student Requirements:

In order to participate in WorkAbility I programs, a student must:

  • Have a valid IEP
  •  Be 16 years or older
  • Maintain a 90% attendance record in all classes
  • Present a copy of a school ID, Social Security Card, and/or California ID Card
  • Obtain permission from parent/guardian
  • Be recommended by case carrier

Students may also be eligible for job placement. Students may work with a job coach during the school day and receive intensive job training provided by the employer and the job coach. Or a student may be placed at a worksite after school to work independently with business partners we have found to work with the program. We provide the business and the student 50 hours of on the job training.


Do I get paid?

All students who work through the WorkAbility program will receive minimum wage for their on the job training. Once a student has reached the maximum training hours, the student may be hired by the worksite to become an employee of the business.


What Next?

Each student is individually evaluated. Training and job placement is not guaranteed. Students interested in WorkAbility services need to meet with a WorkAbility service provider to identify goals and opportunities.