What is the WorkAbility 1 Program?
The mission of WorkAbility 1 (WA1) is to promote the involvement of key stakeholders including students, families, educators, employers and other agencies in planning and implementing an array of services that will culminate in successful student transition to competitive, integrated employment (CIE), lifelong learning and quality of life.
The WA1 program is funded and administered by the California Department of Education through the Special Education Department.
The WA1 program offers students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) the opportunity to complete their secondary education while also obtaining marketable job skills. WA1 provides secondary students with an understanding of job seeking and job keeping skills.
WA1 was initiated in November 1981 as a pilot project to test the concept of work experience for youth with disabilities and continues to successfully conduct interagency coordination of services.
What does WorkAbility 1 provide for students receiving special education services?
- comprehensive pre-employment skills training
- employment placement and follow-up for high school students in special education who are making the transition from school to work
- independent living and post-secondary education or training
- the opportunity for students to complete their secondary education while also obtaining marketable job skills
- introductions to employers in the business community who will give students with special needs a chance to prove themselves
For additional information regarding WorkAbility 1, please contact:
Program Coordinator: Karen Thompson
T: 760 290 2242
C: 760 566 4968
F: 760 736 8275
E: [email protected]