State of California Developmental Disabilities System Employment Data Dashboard

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to California’s Data Dashboard for employment of people with developmental disabilities. People with developmental disabilities seek to work, earn and be part of the economic life of their communities. On October 9, 2013, Governor Brown signed AB 1041 (Chesbro) into law, establishing an Employment First Policy in the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act. This dashboard presents up-to-date data on how well California is doing in implementing the new policy and supporting people to have regular jobs at regular pay.

Wage Gap- Average Hourly Wage Where People Are Served. Data from DDS Purchase of Services Employment Rate - Disability vs without Disability
Infographic of Wage Gap between Integrated Competitive Employment and Support Employment Programs. The wage gap shows that on average those in Integrated Employment receives $3.65 more per hour  Infographic of Data from DDS Purchase of Service Infographic comparing people employed with developmental disabilities versus those with out a disability
In 2011, California used the National Core Indicators Survey to ask about 8,400 regional center clients if they worked, and, if they did, how much they earned.  On average people working in regular integrated jobs made $9.89/hour, while people working in groups of regional center clients made $6.24/hour.  Thus, people in regular jobs make on average $3.65/hour more than people with developmental disabilities working in groups.  This is 58% more per hour.

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In 2014/2015, only 4,373 regional center clients were served in Individual Placement Supported Employment in regular jobs with regular pay.  Over twice as many (11%) are served in Work Activity Programs (sheltered workshops) and 77% of the total are served in day or “look alike” day programs, largely in non-work settings.

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According to the US Census Bureau, in 2014, 74.7% of the California working age population worked full-time. This compares with Employment Development Department (EDD) data of 13.1% for working age regional center clients who received wages, most of them working part-time and many earning sub-minimum wage.

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How Many Receive Wages - Average Number of Consumers Average Monthly Earnings - Reportable Wages Education - Completing High School
Infographic of number of consumers receiving wages. Inforgraphic of Average Monthly Earnings Infographic of students with significant disabilities leaving K-12 in academic year 2015-2016

In 2015, EDD reports that 20,169 regional center clients received wages.  This is only 13.6% of the total number of working age people served by the regional centers.  However, since the passage of the Employment First Policy in 2013, many more people have had earnings

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According to data from the EDD, the average monthly earnings for regional center clients has increased in the last few years.  However, in 2015, their average wages were only $604/month.

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For June 30, 2016, the California Department of Education reports that 7,071 students with significant disabilities (autism, intellectual disabilities and traumatic brain injury) left K-12 education.  Of those, 35.9% graduated, 19.8% received a certificate of completion, and 44.3% either dropped out or aged out.

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The California Developmental Disabilities System Employment Data Dashboard is maintained by the Council with support provided by the California Employment Consortium for Youth (CECY),  funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration on Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services (Grant #90DN0284).