Research on Employment Supports for People with Disabilities: Summary of the Focus Group Findings. Private and Non-Profit Programs


Project ABLE (Able Beneficiaries Link to Employers). Project ABLE is a national resume bank that provides employers an easily accessible applicant pool of qualified job-ready individuals who are interested in working. The resume bank operates through the joint efforts of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), SSA, Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and state VR agencies. The program is designed to provide employers access to quality human resources while providing training and employment services to eligible people with disabilities.60

The Arc. The Arc is a private nonprofit advocacy organization designed to provide a better quality of life for people with mental retardation and their families. The Arc of Southeast Los Angeles County provides services for the majority of persons with mental retardation in the Los Angeles County area, but is only one among many chapters of the Arc.61

Project HIRE. Project HIRE is an employment placement and training program for adults with developmental disabilities. It takes an innovative approach towards assisting individuals in choosing a job and provides Employment Training Specialists (ETS). An ETS works with the employee at the job site and teaches job skills, assists with independently traveling to and from work, and facilitates socialization with co-workers. Project HIRE also offers Transition Services designed to assist schools in developing and implementing quality transition plans for students in special education programs. These services include community-based vocational assessments; job shadowing and sampling; job placement and coaching; and professional consultation. Additionally, project HIRE provides technical assistance on state-of-the-art supported employment to service provider agencies in New Jersey.62

National Federation of the Blind of California. The National Federation of the Blind of California is a private, non-profit organization that works statewide for blind persons. It provides support for blind persons as well as information for employers.63

Easter Seals Southern California. The Easter Seals Southern California is a non-profit organization that focuses on eliminating the physical, social and economic barriers so that people with disabilities may participate in their communities with equality, dignity and independence.64

Protection and Advocacy, Inc. Protection and Advocacy, Inc. (PAI) is a non-profit agency that provides many services to persons with disabilities. PAI educates persons with disabilities on their legal, civil, and service rights. The organization provides training in peer- and self- advocacy. It refers persons to other sources of help. Additionally, PAI investigates complaints of abuse in institutions. It also attempts to bring forward impact legislation when a case affects the rights of persons with disabilities.65

Community Rehabilitation Services. Community Rehabilitation Services is a private, nonprofit agency that assists persons with disabilities with the East and Northeast areas of LA County. Their end goal is to enhance these persons' options for independent living.66