Advancing Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities
Today there are more than 46,000 people with disabilities in Long Beach, California but fewer than 8,000 have jobs. There are other areas around the country where more than twice as many people with disabilities per capita are in the workforce – so we know success is possible. However, the question is: what can people in Long Beach do to achieve that success?
Join us for a ground-breaking and inclusive journey toward better education, training and economic successes as a community works together to enable youth with disabilities to have a better future. Together, we will learn technical and programmatic insights to solve problems at scale.
Long Beach is a beautiful city with a vibrant downtown, growing economic opportunities, and a charismatic young Mayor, deeply committed to serving his diverse city. There also are dedicated community leaders who are eager to improve outcomes for their friends, neighbors and family members with disabilities. RespectAbility will serve those local leaders by creating an innovative Community of Practice. Working together to create a national model of success, we will advance opportunities for the people and community of Long Beach, California.
Stakeholders will work together on:
- Early Intervention and High Expectations, including parents, guardians, Long Beach School District, providers and other groups.
- School-to-Work Transitions, with a focus on older youth with disabilities (ages 16-24) to enable access to internships, apprenticeships and work experiences such as Project SEARCH and Bridges to Work.
- Public-Private Partnerships, including employers and local, state and federal government funding agencies to create shared data systems, goals and outcomes.
- Employers, Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship, with a focus on eldercare, healthcare, STEAM and hospitality, as well as stigma reduction work that can be done through media produced in Long Beach.
By bringing together self-advocates with workforce professionals, employers, disability organizations, the faith community, Hollywood and the media, we will find and disseminate best practices among motivated partners. Our goal is simple: better education, training and employment that will be a win-win-win for people with disabilities, employers and taxpayers alike! Join us as we undertake this new initiative to foster progress and create a model that can be replicated around the country.
Stakeholder Organizations Include:
- The Office of Mayor Robert Garcia -City of Long Beach
- Citizen’s AdvisoryCommission on Disability (CACOD)
- Downtown Long Beach (DLBA)
- Long Beach UnifiedSchool District (LBUSD)
- Long Beach UnifiedSchool District Special Education
- Disabled Resource Center
- AbilityFirst LongBeach Center
- California StateUniversity Long Beach
- CSU Long Beach Workability IV Program
- Long Beach City College
- Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network
- Special Olympics-SouthernCalifornia
- Long Beach Community Foundation